Brian Slawson

About the Author

Since his scholarship studies at the Juilliard School of Music, Brian has continued to pioneer innovative paths in the percussion field. Grammy-nominated as “Best New Classical Artist,” Brian has appeared on NBC’s Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, the CBS Morning News and NPR’s All Things Considered. Mr. Slawson’s extensive discography includes solo releases on both the Sony/CBS and Belltone labels. His smash debut, Bach On Wood, hit Billboard’s Top 10 and remains one of the world’s premier vehicles for exposing new audiences to classical music.

Brian has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, John Cage, Robert Shaw, Bernard Haitink and opera great, Jessye Norman. He has recorded with pop icons from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Marie Osmond, and has punctuated jokes for comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Bill Maher and Don Rickles.

In the studio, Brian has worked with many of the world’s finest drummers including Steve Gadd, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Steve Ferrone, Michael Shrieve, Chris Parker, Anton Fig and Grady Tate. He is the accessory percussionist and voice of “Gusto the Bulldog” on Warner Bros. Music Expressions curriculum and a featured artist in McGraw-Hill’s Spotlight on Music. In addition to serving as Principal Timpanist of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Brian is a featured performer at Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist series. His multimedia company, Slawsongs, has created award-winning custom music for feature films, television and radio.

Mr. Slawson proudly endorses Ludwig-Musser, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Grover Pro Percussion, Rhythm Tech, Alternate Mode and Sibelius. His teachers have included Saul Goodman, Buster Bailey, Alexander Lepak, David Smith and Drew Grouse.

Legendary vibraphonist, Lionel Hampton, described Brian Slawson as “one of the finest percussionists to come along in many years.” Modern Drummer magazine hails Brian as “a visionary, be it performer, producer or composer.”