Roxan Jurkevich

Roxan Jurkevich Associate Professor, Percussion

Roxan Jurkevich is a dynamic, multi-faceted percussionist whose many musical influences allow her to perform in a myriad of musical styles. She worked as Principal Percussionist/ Assistant Principal Timpanist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years and with whom she appeared as soloist, performing the world premiere of Alejandro Civilotti’s Rhapsódia para Percusión y Orquesta, and solo timpani on Franz Waxman’s Sinfonietta for String Orchestra and Timpani (Koch records, 1998). She has now chosen to pursue other musical projects and collaborations outside of a strictly Classical genre.

Ms. Jurkevich has performed with many orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and has toured with the Israel Philharmonic led by Zubin Mehta. She frequently played under maestros Mehta and Lorin Maazel at the Orquestra de la Comunidad Valenciana (OCV) in Valencia, Spain, as well as with other prominent orchestra conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Esa- Pekka Saalonen, André Prévin, Yuri Temirkanov, Christopher Hogwood, and Jesús López-Cóbos, to name just a few.

In the New York/Tri-State area she has performed with the American Symphony and American Composers Orchestras, the New Jersey, New Haven, Stamford, Albany, and Harrisburg Symphonies, and has played for various Broadway shows (West Side Story, The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls, Beauty and the Beast). She has appeared on American TV, performing with Enya on Live with Regis and Kelly, on 60 Minutes with U2’s Bono and The Edge during a rehearsal for Spiderman: The Musical – Turn off the Dark, as well as on the popular soap opera Days of Our Lives. She has also appeared frequently on Spanish TV, most notably during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and can be seen online, on broadcasts, on YouTube, on Spanish TV concert broadcasts and on all the main social media sites.

Roxan has performed at prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House and Alice Tully Hall in NYC’s Lincoln Center, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Paris Philharmonie, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, at the Palau de la Música and L’Auditori in Barcelona, among many others. She has recorded for major record labels such as RCA Victor/BMG, EMI, Decca, Telarc, Koch, Harmonia Mundi, and Naxos, two of those albums having won Latin Grammy awards.

As an active chamber musician, Roxan has performed with I.C.E. (International Contemporary Ensemble), Newband, Speculum Musicae, Drumfire Quartet, and Percussions i Solistes de l’OBC, and collaborates with living composers to help create new works for percussion. In October 2020 she performed the world premiere of the very first-ever duo for marimba and electric guitar, Pandemic Dance No. 18, by Gene Pritsker and is a member of Fifth Essence, a pop music “cover” band made up of string quartet plus percussion.

Ms. Jurkevich runs a private teaching studio in Barcelona, is an active international clinician, has been on faculty at the JONC (Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya), at Camporrobles and Benisannó summer percussion festivals, and presented classes at Paris’ PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). She has recently been appointed to faculty at the new Mediterranean Music College in Valencia, Spain, and online at The Percussion Conservatory. She was supervising editor for the translation from English to Catalan of the book How to Write for Percussion by Samuel Z. Solomon and has served as interpreter for English-speaking artists at many Spanish percussion festivals and press conferences.

A native of New York City, Ms. Jurkevich holds Bachelors's and Masters's degrees in Percussion Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Roland Kohlhoff and Elden C. Bailey of the NY Philharmonic, as well as with Gordon Gottlieb. Prior to that she studied at Queens College with Richard Horowitz of the Metropolitan Opera, spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival and Berklee World Music Festival, and is also a DJ/Producer/ Electronic artist, having studied electronic music production at Berklee (Boston), Dubspot (NYC), and Plástic (Barcelona). She is currently working on material for a future album release.

Roxan proudly endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums, RhythmTech Percussion, Freer Percussion Products, and Jason Ginter (JG) Timpani Mallets.

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