Dr. Gene Koshinski

Percussion artist, composer, and educator Dr. Gene Koshinski (b. 1980) has delighted audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and creative programming. Koshinski serves as Professor of Percussion at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is well known for his extraordinary versatility as a solo, chamber, symphonic, jazz, pop, and world music artist. He has performed in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Slovenia, Canada, and throughout the United States. Most recently, Koshinski was invited to perform at the 2017 Congress of Brazilian Percussion in Campinas, Brazil.

Jaw-dropping virtuosity and a flair for the unexpected
— "The Playlist" (PBS)


In 2002, Koshinski won the National MTNA Percussion Competition in Cincinnati, OH and in 2004, finished 3rd in the prestigious Universal Marimba Duo Competition in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. As a composer, Koshinski was named the recipient of the 2012 ASCAP Foundation Nissim Prize for best new score for large ensemble for his work Concerto for Marimba and Choir. His compositions are frequently commissioned by leading artists and performing ensembles, most recently for the 2017 Modern Snare Drum Competition.

...his music is primal and exuberant
— American Record Guide


Throughout his career, Koshinski has worked with many notable performing organizations and artists including NFL Films, Late Show with David Letterman, Mary Wilson (the Supremes), David Samuels, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Bob Sheppard, Denis Diblasio, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Philadelphia Boys Choir, The Lettermen, Hartford Symphony, Minnesota Ballet, Percussive Arts Society International Convention (6 appearances), and is currently principal percussionist for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and a member of Nebojsa Zivkovic’s Jovan Perkussion Projekt. For his work with NFL Films, he can be heard on the Emmy award-winning soundtrack A Century of NFL. Performances have also been heard on the CBS, PBS, and ESPN television networks as well as NPR. In addition, he has recorded for the Naxos, Innova, Centaur, MSR Classics, and Equilibrium record labels.

Koshinski moves effortlessly between various musical genres
— Percussive Notes


Koshinski is a founding member of the Quey Percussion Duo, a touring group established to generate new works for percussion while also bringing standard repertoire to a broad audience. He also serves as Director of Percussion at the Performing Arts Institute International Summer Music Festival in Kingston, PA. He recently published a groundbreaking method book entitled "TWO" - a comprehensive guide to two-mallet technique and performance practice, including 10 original compositions and CD recording. As an advocate for new music, Koshinski has commissioned and premiered works by renowned composers including Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams, Stuart Saunders Smith, Alejandro Viñao, David Macbride, Adam Silverman, and Dave Hollinden.

Brilliant
— Duluth News Tribune


Koshinski holds degrees from West Chester University (BM) and The Hartt School (MM and DMA). His method books, solo albums, and over 25 published compositions are distributed internationally, with many of his compositions receiving frequent global performances. Gene Koshinski is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is sponsored by Pearl/Adams Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Remo, and Innovative Percussion and his works are published by Bachovich, Tapspace and C. Alan Publications.

Gene's playing is stunningly beautiful, whether it's one note or a million
— David Macbride, composer