Gramm Drennen (b. 1995) is a Boston-based cellist focused on performing the works of living composers. He received a Bachelor of Music in performance from Bowling Green State University, where his primary teachers were Brian Snow and Alan Smith. Gramm currently studies with Grammy-nominated cellist Terry King.
Passionate about contemporary music, Gramm has performed at numerous new music festivals, conferences, and forums. These festivals include the Bowling Green New Music Festival, New Music Gathering, and New Music on the Point. Gramm has worked with composers such as Samuel Adler, Ted Hearne, George Lewis, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Caroline Shaw. Gramm has premiered dozens of works during his undergraduate career, and has commissioned multiple pieces featuring the cello. In addition to working with both eminent and emerging composers, Gramm has been coached by and performed alongside artists including members of the JACK Quartet, Tony Arnold, Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), Loadbang, and Amy Williams. Outside of performance, Gramm also works as the Membership Coordinator of the Boston New Music Initiative.
Passionate about education as well, Gramm has taught beginning to intermediate string students from the Toledo Public Schools area. With these students, he taught string technique, introductory piano and composition, and coached chamber groups. Gramm was also a mentor for the Detroit Civic Youth Ensembles, where he led sectionals and assisted the directors, as well as being a resource for the cello sections.
Gramm has attended summer festivals in the U.S., Scotland, and Canada. These festivals include New Music on the Point, Domaine Forget, and the Aboyne Cello Week. Gramm has studied with Elizabeth Dolin, Alice Neary, Phil Higham, and James Halsey. Notable masterclasses include Johannes Moser, Philippe Muller, Astrid Schween, Claire Bryant of the Decoda Ensemble, and Deborah Pae.
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