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Garrett Mendelow

Greenville, SC

“A great groove, clarity, and awareness of the ensemble,” – Tromp Jury 2012. Garrett Mendelow is an up and coming percussionist from the United States. Though his interest in percussion extends to many different facets of the art, he dedicates much time to contemporary percussion performance practices and new music in both solo and chamber settings. 

After receiving his Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance where he studied with Michael Udow, Joseph Gramley, Ian Ding, Jonathan Ovalle, Brian Jones, and Cary Kocher, he received his Masters Degree at Stony Brook University in New York under the tutelage of Eduardo Leandro. Garrett then completed a Konzert Exam Diploma with Peter Prommel at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany, and most recently a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison thanks to the support of a Paul Collins Distinguished Fellowship, and percussion program director, Anthony Di Sanza. 

In the last decade, Garrett has appeared in national and international venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and select regions of the Asian continent. He has also appeared in major music competitions, such as the 2012 Tromp competition (2nd Prize and the Youth Jury Prize), and the 2014 ARD Competition (semi-finalist). Venues include the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Hill Auditorium, Vienna Muziekverein, and the Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus. Major festival appearances include the Cross-Linx Festival (2014), the Tromp Percussion Festival (2014), and the Transplanted Roots Festival (2015).

As an educator, Garrett has given master classes at major universities throughout the world, such as The University of Kentucky-Lexington, Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, Conservatory Van Amsterdam, Sydney Conservatory of Music, the Victoria University of Wellington, and the Tainan National University of the Arts. 

He has also had the privilege of working with many accomplished composers such as Alejandro Vinao, James Wood, Matthew Burtner, John Psathas, Gareth Farr, and Braxton Blake. As a collaborator, Garrett has also appeared with the Britten Sinfonia and Colin Currie, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Jason Richard Huxtable of Maraca2, Schlagwerk Den Haag, Sõ Percussion, and the Knights Chamber Orchestra of New York. 

Garrett is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, and composer artist of Edition Svitzer publicatins.

One Study, One Summary

Marimba solo with junk percussion and electronic/mp3 accompaniment. “I like to write music that makes the performers look good.”- John Psathas. Indeed, if you put your all into learning this piece of music, you will be rewarded. But I just love this piece for the groove, the simple movement of the harmonic structure, and just how much fun it always is to perform.

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Iannis Xenakis’ first percussion solo, Psappha. Psappha is a composition that’s name come from the name of the Ancient Greek Poetess, Sappho. Though the music is not derived from her elegant and subtle poetry, the pentameter and rhythmic outlines of her poetic style are the framework from which Xenakis built his composition.

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Rain Tree by Toru Takemitsu

Rain Tree is a percussion keyboard trio. Though the piece is written to take place in a dark theater with prescribed lighting cues, the true magic of this work lies in the exemplary compositional style of Toru Takemitsu, who is able to capture our attention through the elegant use of harmony, texture, and imagery.

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