Nancy Zeltsman is a leading marimba performer, teacher, and festival director. She has premiered over 125 solo/chamber marimba works including compositions by Paul Simon, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Carla Bley, Louis Andriessen, Steven Mackey, Paul Lansky, Lyle Mays, Robert Aldridge and Alejandro Vinao. From 1985 to 1996, she was a member of the duo Marimolin with violinist Sharan Leventhal.
Zeltsman has presented recitals and marimba master classes across the U.S. and Europe and in China, Japan and Mexico. Venues include the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, and Shenzhen Concert Hall.
Since 1993, she has taught marimba in positions that were created for her at The Boston Conservatory (where she has been Chair of the Percussion Department since 2005), and Berklee College of Music (where she is a Professor). Since 2001, she has been Artistic Director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival ("ZMF"): an annual two-week seminar held in a different location each summer (www.ZMF.us). In the fall of 2013, Nancy was appointed regular guest professor of marimba at Conservatorium van Amsterdam (where she teaches two weeks per year).
Her method book, "Four Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels" (Hal Leonard Corporation) is widely used. She edited "Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba": 24 marimba solos presented in two volumes, commissioned through ZMF with support from over 200 contributors (C.F. Peters Corporation). She was a jury member for the TROMP International Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Recordings include three solo CDs ("Woodcuts," "See Ya Thursday" and "Sweet Song"); three CDs with Marimolin ("Marimolin," "Phantasmata," and "Combo Platter"); William Thomas McKinley's marimba concerto recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and a duo marimba CD with Jack Van Geem ("Pedro and Olga Learn to Dance").
Nancy graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in percussion performance (BM, 1982) where she studied with Vic Firth. Other teachers included Ian Finkel, Robert Ayers, Donald Marrs and Dave Samuels. She endorses her signature line of Encore Mallets. Nancy resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Nancy Zeltsman and timpani are not usually mentioned in the same sentence. This is not a misprint. According to her program notes, Zeltsman’s first love within the percussion family was timpani. The work was written for Frederic Macarez on his 44th birthday (reciprocating his compositions written for Zeltsman on marimba), hence the title...