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David Degge

David Degge David Degge is an active performer of contemporary solo and chamber music for percussion. He comes from a widely varied musical background, growing up in a choral singing tradition, but he quickly developed an affinity for percussion instruments when he was ten. Noted for his virtuosity on the hammered dulcimer, he has given numerous performances as a soloist and has used free improvisations on the dulcimer as a basis for much of his own music composition.

David’s attendance at the first annual So Percussion Summer Institute in 2009 confirmed a growing interest in contemporary percussion music, and it was there that he met the other founding members of Mobius Percussion, a new music group in which he currently plays. He has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, An Die Musik, Budapest Music Center, and the Liszt Academy of Music, among others. He has collaborated with various groups including So Percussion, NEXUS, Mantra Percussion, SONAR New Music Ensemble, UMZE Chamber Ensemble, and the Amadinda Percussion Group. In 2013, David received a Fulbright grant to Hungary, where he studied with Zoltán Rácz as an exchange student at the Liszt Academy of Music. A highlight of his time in Budapest included participation in the first Liszt Academy student performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians under the direction of Mr. Rácz.

David holds a Bachelor of Music in education from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music in performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the Percussion Teaching Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included Allen Teel, Keith Lloyd, Robert van Sice, David Skidmore, Judah Adashi, and Zoltán Rácz.