to be released on october 26th, rob knopper’s album, delécluse: douze études for snare drum, celebrates the fiftieth anniversary and the first-ever recording of snare drum’s most influential and elaborate composition. featuring 11 camera angles, rob knopper’s CD+DVD set was recorded in high-resolution audio and video in miami beach’s new world center.
rob is a percussionist in the metropolitan opera orchestra. his audition preparation process is legendary and was chronicled in the wall street journal and on the met orchestra website. he gives clinics and presentations on his audition and recording process, and will present the album at PASIC 2014.
delécluse: douze études is in production and is due for release on october 26th, 2014.
Rob Knopper plays percussion with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Since joining the orchestra in 2011, he has been featured on the Grammy-winning recording of Der ring des Nibelungen, 60 Minutes with the Met Orchestra, and in The Met: Live in HD movie theater presentations worldwide. Rob’s debut album, delécluse: douze études for snare drum, to be released in October 2014, is the first recording of snare drum’s most influential and elaborate composition, and was recorded in audio and HD video at The New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida, where Rob previously held a position with the New World Symphony. Rob has also performed with the All-Star Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and as the timpanist of the National Repertory Orchestra. As an educator, he is faculty at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, and he has taught clinics and masterclasses at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar, Aspen Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. During the 2013-2014 season, Rob designed and created METOrchestraMusicians.org, which has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Rob is an avid ragtime xylophonist, songwriter, drumset player, and guitarist. He plays in the band The Paisley Fields, based in Brooklyn. Rob graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 where he studied with Greg Zuber, Joseph Pereira, and Daniel Druckman. Visit percussionhacker.com for video, lessons, and the blog percussion hacker.
produced by rob knopper
recorded, mixed and mastered by brandon johnson
recorded at the new world center, miami beach, fl
videography by rory mcguinness
illustration by david cowles
design by derek bishop
photography and tastemaking by molly yeh
rob plays on pearl philharmonic snare drums.
études 1, 3, 7-10, 12: 14”x4” brass
études 2, 4: 14”x4” aluminum
études 5, 6, 11: 13”x4” maple
sticks: innovative percussion chris lamb cl-1l