Peter Kogan Quartet Feat. Brian Grivna

Peter Kogan Quartet Feat. Brian Grivna

Peter Kogan
Brian Grivna
All Ages
Percussion master Peter Kogan is joined by his masterful quartet featuring special guest Twin Cities alto saxophone legend Brian Grivna.

Peter Kogan began musical studies at age six on the violin, added piano at age eight and drums at age ten. A year later he began serious study with Saul Goodman, timpanist of New York Philharmonic, who would continue to mentor him through high school and undergraduate study at Juilliard. He completed studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Cloyd Duff of the Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1969 as Section Percussion. Three years later he was appointed Principal Percussion and Associate Principal Timpani of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

In 1977 his passion for jazz blues and rock got the better of him, and he left the Pittsburgh Symphony to spend six years in New York City as a drum set player and composer. He backed up Blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Honey-Boy Edwards and Jimmy Whitherspoon, groups such as the Drifters and the Crystals, and Rock and Roll legend Bo Diddley. He also performed with the Larry Elgar big band and wrote for and performed with the fusion band, Scratch n' Sniff. His work in New York received recognition in a profile that appeared in Modern Drummer magazine. He joined the Honolulu Symphony as drum set player and timpanist in 1984, and joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal timpani two years later.

Kogan is on the affiliate faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Music, is a member of the Symphonic Committee of the Percussive Arts Society, and designs and builds Klassischewienerpauken ™ (classical viennese timpani) and HESSICHE BAROCK PAUKEN (Hessian Baroque timpani) for historically appropriate performances.

Brian Grivna hit the stage as a Young Artist clarinet soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra when he was just 12. By age 15 was subbing on sax for his teacher in area dance bands. Earning a degree in English literature from Dartmouth, his music career took off after graduation, with work in jazz, commercial, and theater music before joining the Buddy Rich band in 1971. After two years, he became a staff woodwind performer for the Guthrie Theatre, leaving after ten years to freelance and teach. He toured Japan and Europe with Minnesota Orchestra under Eiji Oue and Osmo Vänskä; and the West Coast with Bobby McFerrin and the SPCO.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432