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Samuel Z. Solomon

Coordinator of Percussion Studies

Samuel Z. Solomon earned his B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School and studied percussion with Gordon Gottlieb, Roland Kohloff, Daniel Druckman and Timothy Genis.

In addition to being coordinator of percussion studies at The Boston Conservatory, Solomon teaches at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and is president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. A fervent supporter of contemporary music, he has been responsible for dozens of world premieres of solo and small ensemble works and is author of How to Write for PERCUSSION, a comprehensive guide for composers on percussion composition that has received critical acclaim from composers, performers and conductors worldwide. He has also recently published three books on percussion performance and technique.

Solomon is a founding member of the Yesaroun’ Duo and the Line C3 percussion group, percussionists in residence at Harvard University and principal timpanist of the Amici New York Chamber Orchestra. He can be heard as a soloist and chamber musician on Albany, Tzadik and GM record labels, as well as performing the music of Björk on her soundtrack to Matthew Barney’s art film, Drawing Restraint 9. More information can be viewed at

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