GRAMMY award-winning, multi-percussionist Joseph Gramley has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, producer, concert host, and with major symphony orchestras. He has released two solo recordings: American Deconstruction, a rendition of five milestone works in the modern multi-percussion canon, and, Global Percussion. Joe has played with Silkroad since 2000, and served as Silkroad’s first associate artistic director. He is currently associate professor of music and director of percussion studies at the University of Michigan. Joe directed the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar for seventeen years, and tours with The Knights as well as with organist Clive Driskill-Smith in the duo Organized Rhythm. He has performed with artists ranging from Elton John to Renee Fleming, Cristina Pato to Wu Man and has collaborated with musicians worldwide.
Born in 1970, Gramley grew up in Oregon and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 1988. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and attended Tanglewood and the Salzburg Mozarteum during college. Upon graduation from U-M he was awarded the University’s highest honor: The Stanley Medal. Gramley performed seven years for Spoleto Festival and fifteen summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. He made his concerto debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra after winning their National Soloist Competition and his solo debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1994. Gramley received his master’s degree from Juilliard in 1995.