Sandbox Percussion Quartet

Ian Rosenbaum

Praised for his “excellent” and “precisely attuned” performances by the New York Times, percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum has developed a musical breadth far beyond his years. He made his Kennedy Center debut in 2009 and later that year garnered a special prize created for him at the Salzburg International Marimba Competition.

Last season, Mr. Rosenbaum joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program as only the second percussionist they have selected in their history. Mr. Rosenbaum has performed with the acclaimed So Percussion group and has appeared at the Norfolk, Yellow Barn,  Chamber Music Northwest and Music@Menlo festivals.

Highlights of the 2013-2014 season include a tour of Southern California performing Christopher Cerrone’s Memory Palace, a recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and a solo performance on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s New Music in the Kaplan Penthouse series.

Continuing his passionate advocacy for contemporary music, this season Mr. Rosenbaum will premiere new works for percussion by Andy Akiho, David Crowell, Tawnie Olson and Paola Prestini.

Mr. Rosenbaum is a member of Sandbox Percussion, Le Train Bleu, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY and Time Travelers. He has recorded for the Bridge, Innova and Naxos labels and is on the faculty of the Dwight School in Manhattan. Mr. Rosenbaum endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

Jonathan Allen

Whether he is playing chamber music in Carnegie Hall, a drum set concerto in Woolsey Hall, or giving a marimba recital in a castle outside Salzburg, Jonathan Allen performs with a passion and mastery that enthralls audiences and draws them into even the most contemporary of soundscapes. A strong advocate for percussion chamber music, Jonathan co-founded the Volta Trio and is a member of the Sandbox Percussion Quartet. Through these ensembles, he strives to advance the art-form and enrich the community with performances, clinics, and commissions of new works. Jonathan Allen has won prizes at both the International Chamber Music Competition and the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg. He was also a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he completed a Bachelor degree in 2011. Jonathan is currently pursuing an Artist Degree in Percussion Performance from the Yale School of Music where he Studies with Professor Robert van Sice and performs with the world class Yale Percussion Group.

Terry Sweeny

American percussionist Terry Sweeney is an avid chamber musician and collaborator. Terry currently performs as the percussionist with the Lunar Ensemble and has appeared with the Sonar New music ensemble. In 2014 he joins the percussion quartet, Sandbox Percussion. In 2013 Terry received the Harold Randolph prize in performance and the Peabody Conservatory Zildjian scholarship. Terry is also a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Society. A passionate educator, Terry has taught at the Peabody Preparatory and is currently a teaching artist for New Haven Music in Schools program. Born and raised in Michigan, Terry began his formal percussion studies with Gwen Burgett and has received a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Terry is currently pursuing his Masters Degree at the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Robert van Sice and performs with the Yale Percussion Group.

Victor Caccese

Inspired by his passion for chamber music, percussionist Victor Caccese is dedicated to bringing percussion chamber music to diverse audiences. A founding member of The Sandbox Percussion Quartet, Victor celebrates the intimacy of chamber music and explores how percussion can enhance audience engagement. He is active in the discovery of new works for percussion through experimentation and collaboration with composers and other performers.

Active in today’s new music scene, Victor has appeared at the Norfolk New Music Workshop in 2011 and 2012 both as an individual and member of Sandbox. Over the course of these two summers, he assisted in 18 world premieres from a selective group of 12 young composers from all over the world. In addition he also performed works by Martin Bresnick and James Wood, including Mr. Wood’s percussion solo masterpiece, Rogosanti which in a performance that composer praised as “beautiful with a very nice pacing and fabulous interpretation”.

In the summer of 2011, as a member of Sandbox Percussion, Victor was a finalist in The New England Chamber Music Competition, an international competition open to all genres of music and instrumentation. Together with The Peabody Percussion Group, Victor was a finalist in the Percussive ArtsSociety International Convention competition in 2012 where he performed James Wood’s Village Burial with Fire.

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