Brian S. Graiser (MM, BMus) is a contemporary percussionist, composer, and teacher living in Cincinnati, OH. His musical exploits are highly diverse, although he takes pride in being at the forefront of advocacy for extended-range vibraphone as both a performer and composer. Originally from Marietta, GA, his performances have taken him up and down the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, and China. Recent performances of note include the world premieres of "Törlés: On a Theme by Bartók" and "135*W-155*W by 35*N-42*N" by Mr. Graiser, as well as "Circles" by Luciano Berio. He has performed as a soloist with the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Toronto GamUT contemporary ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. He has commissioned works by composers such as Halim El-Dabh, John Serry, Christien LeDroit, and Peter Olsen;
Brian is one half of the harp/percussion ensemble BōDuō along with his wife Alaina, and is a member of the Arasmas Percussion Group in addition to several ensembles at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he serves as percussion Graduate Assistant.
Mr. Graiser is no less active as a composer; he has written works for the TorQ Percussion Quartet, the UGA Percussion Ensemble and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, and a number of artists across the U.S. and Canada. His current projects include a concerto for percussion quartet and wind ensemble commissioned by TorQ and the Toronto Youth Wind Ensemble and a sextet for the CCM Percussion Ensemble.
Brian currently teaches the CCM Percussion Methods class, elective lessons for CCM graduate students, and private lessons. Brian is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM, and studies with Allen Otte. He holds his MM degree from the University of Toronto and his BMus degrees from the University of Georgia, having studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, John Rudolph, Michael Colgrass, Christos Hatzis, Tony McCutchen, Leonard Ball, and Adrian Childs.
Brian is an artist-endorser of Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and is also the proud owner of a DeMorrow 4-octave vibraphone. His compositions are available through Keyboard Percussion Publications, Alfonce Productions, and self-publication (distributed through Frontier Percussion).