Michael Compitello is a dynamic, œfast rising (WQXR) percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist.
He has developed sustained collaborations with composers such as Thomas Kotcheff, Tonia Ko, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Robert Honstein on new works, in addition to working with Helmut Lachenmann, David Lang, John Luther Adams, Alejandro Vinao, Marc Applebaum, and Martin Bresnick on premieres and performances of new solo and chamber works. Currently, Michaels project Unsnared Drum (released August 2021 on New Focus Recordings) seeks to reinvent the snare drum through new works by composers Nina C. Young, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth Kirsten, and Tonia Ko.
With cellist Hannah Collins as the œremarkably inventive and resourceful (Gramophone) New Morse Code, Michael has created a singular and personal repertoire through collaboration with some of Americas most esteemed young composers.
Michael is also a member of Percussion Collective, an ensemble dedicated to refined performances of contemporary percussion repertoire, with whom he performed as soloist with the Colorado Symphony, and on concert series across the country. Michael is Assistant Professor of Percussion at Arizona State University. He holds degrees from The Yale School of Music and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. For more information visit michaelcompitello.com