Matthew Kocmieroski

Matthew Kocmieroski, PercussionMatthew Kocmieroski is the principal percussionist and a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. An active freelancer, he has appeared with the Seattle Opera, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as diverse popular acts such as Gladys Knight and the Pips, David Byrne, Perry Como and “Mr” Fred Rogers.

In the field of chamber music, he served as artistic director and percussionist of the New Performance Group, was a longtime member of the Composers and Improvisers Orchestra, and is a founding member of Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. He has often appeared with the Seattle Chamber Players, and at festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society Festival, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Washington Square Music Festival, and Internationally at the Bergen, Moscow Autumn, and Warsaw Autumn festivals. Matthew also has a long association with Cornish College of the Arts, and the Seattle Youth Symphony.

One of his greatest satisfactions is his work with numerous composers on their music including John Luther Adams, John Cage, George Crumb, Lou Harrison, and Toru Takemitsu, and the emergence of a number of new works and recordings from these collaborations. He may be heard on many recordings of solo, chamber, and orchestral music as well as a wide variety of both Major and Independent motion picture, television, and video game soundtracks.