“Jaw-dropping virtuosity and a flair for the unexpected” (PBS) is why Gene Koshinski (b. 1980) has delighted audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and creative programming. Best known for his extraordinary versatility as a solo, chamber, symphonic, jazz, pop, and world music artist/composer, Koshinski serves as Professor of Percussion at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has performed in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Slovenia, the UK, Canada, and throughout the United States; including over 120 guest performances/lectures at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world including the Royal College of Music, The Juilliard School, Conservatoire de Lyon, Shenyang Conservatory, Beijing Conservatory, the National Music Conservatory in Amman, and the University of Rio de Janeiro.
As a composer, his works have been performed in more than 40 countries, in 5 continents, with hundreds of performances per year and his landmark book, entitled TWO, is currently used in more than 60 university curricula. In 2012, Koshinski was named the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for best new score for large ensemble for his work Concerto for Marimba and Choir. While his compositions are most often heard in the concert hall, they have also been heard at film festivals, art museums, ballets, and recently as background music in the award winning short film “The Passage” which was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.
In 2002, Koshinski won the National MTNA Percussion Competition and in 2004, finished 3rd in the prestigious Universal Marimba Duo Competition in Belgium. In the years following, his career has been filled with incredible opportunities to perform with many celebrated artists/organizations including NFL Films, Late Show with David Letterman, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), David Samuels, Wycliffe Gordon, Ingrid Jensen, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Lettermen, Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (8 appearances), and as principal percussionist for the Duluth Symphony for the past 12 years. For his work with NFL Films, he can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack A Century of NFL. Koshinski’s performances have been heard on the CBS, PBS, ESPN and TBS/TNT television networks, as well as NPR, and he has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Equilibrium record labels.
Koshinski is a founding member of the Quey Percussion Duo, a touring group that commissions and performs repertoire that melds their unique combination of classical training with their experience in global and popular music traditions. The duo has generated nearly 200 new works over the past 16 years and has collaborated with renowned composers including Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, Emmanuel Séjourné, Alejandro Viñao, Stuart Saunders Smith, Adam Silverman, David Macbride, David Gordon, Ben Wahlund, and Dave Hollinden. QPD is set to release their new album soniChroma on the Innova label in fall 2019, which includes Koshinski’s exhilarating double percussion concerto.
Koshinski holds degrees from West Chester University (BM) and The Hartt School (MM and DMA). He is sponsored by Pearl/Adams Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Remo, and Innovative Percussion and his works are published by Bachovich, Tapspace and C. Alan Publications.