Robert McCormick is currently Professor of Music at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He served as principal percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra for 20 seasons. He is a former member of the Harry Partch Ensemble and often performs and records with high profile artists of all genres. In 2010, he conducted the premiere performance of Chan Hae Lee’s Korean folk opera Simcheongga at the National Center of Performing Arts in Seoul. In March 2014 McCormick performed the world premiere of Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto at Carnegie Hall with percussionist Lee Hinkle. McCormick was the 2006 recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award; the 2007 Grand Prize in the Keystone Percussion Composition Award; the 2010 University Distinguished Teacher Award; and the 2015 Percussive Arts Society Lifetime Achievement in Education Award. He has also received several Global Music Awards for his albums, many of which are published on the Ravello Records label and distributed by Naxos. McCormick proudly endorses Encore Mallets, Grover Pro Percussion, and Zildjian Cymbals.


The McCormick Percussion Group is recognized by critics and composers throughout the world for their unique recordings and interpretations of music decidedly outside of the mainstream. MPG often collaborates with other non-percussion musicians to explore and develop new trends of compositional thought. Among the most recorded ensembles of the genre, MPG has recorded many award winning albums for Ravello Records (dist. by Naxos). To ensure the original intent of each work, composers are often invited to rehearse with the ensemble and supervise recording sessions. Under the direction of Robert McCormick, MPG is a resident ensemble at the University of South Florida in Tampa.


Strings & Hammers is a unique piano trio. Founded by Eunmi Ko, Sini Virtanen, and Julia Keller, the ensemble has the unusual instrumentation of piano, violin, and double bass. Strings & Hammers explores chamber music repertoire of the 20th and 21st Century and collaborates with composers from around the world. Strings & Hammers appeared in the COMA’16 Madrid Contemporary Music Festival, Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music, Spectrum NYC, The Venture Compound, University of South Florida, among others. The ensemble has played music of Penderecki, David Liptak, Alessandro Annunziata, Baljinder Sekhon, John Liberatore, Seunghee Lee, Fabio Massimo, Eduardo Costa Roldan, Alejandro Roman, Alejandro de la Barrera, David Jenssen, and Gilad Rabinovitch. In Spring 2019, Strings & Hammers was the guest ensemble for the award-winning McCormick Percussion Group.


Special thanks to chief engineer John Stephan and the wonderful Springs Theatre for the recording, editing, and first mastering of this album. Special thanks to MPG, Julia, Sini, our composers, and especially Eunmi Ko who created the initial idea for this project. Photo: Buni Photography




photo: (from left to right) Julia Keller, Eunmi Ko, Sini Virtanen



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