From the outset of her first season (1991-92) as Principal Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Roxan Jurkevich has received continuous critical acclaim throughout the years for her performances with this group. While completing her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Juilliard and before coming to Barcelona, she performed extensively in the New York/Tri-State area, as well as throughout much of the East coast, playing in an array of vastly different musical settings, ranging from Broadway pit orchestras to rock and blues bands, ragtime orchestras to Contemporary music ensembles, to timpanist and percussionist with symphonic orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the New Haven, New Jersey, Harrisburg, Westchester, Stamford, Jupiter, Queens and Riverside Symphonies, the Oratorio Society of New York, and the Key West Symphony Orchestra (with whom she continues to perform annually). She has performed with the Yale and Columbia University Orchestras, as well as the New York Youth Symphony, the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the Sphinx String Competition Symphony Orchestra. In 1988 Roxan was a member of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, touring with them throughout the Eastern coast of the United States, and in 1992 she participated with her orchestra in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Barcelona Summer Olympics, broadcast internationally to millions of people, and recording the official soundtrack for the games. With the Barcelona Symphony Roxan has toured the U.S., Japan, Korea, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, France and Romania, and she appears on most of this orchestra's recordings, many of which include the most renown Spanish operatic singers and pianists (PlÃ¡cido Domingo, JosÃ© Carreras, Alicia de Larrocha,, etc...). She has recorded for the labels RCA Victor/BMG Classics, EMI Classics, Decca, Telarc, Koch, Naxos, and Harmonia Mundi.
Chamber and Solo work include the Premier in 1994 of the Alejandro Civilotti 'Rhapsody for Solo Percussion and Orchestra', performances with the 'Drum-Fire' Percussion Quartet, the Harry Partch Ensemble performing on Partch's original instruments, with 'Newband' at the annual 'Bang-on-a-Can' Festival, and with Speculum Musicae, among others. In Barcelona she collaborates with orchestra colleagues in the chamber music cycle 'Solistes de l'OBC', plus she and her percussion section perform as a percussion quartet annually as the 'Percusions de l'OBC'.
Ms. Jurkevich was a student for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival, where she studied with Ben Herman, Tom Stubbs, Doug Howard and Jonathan Haas, and was a student at the first Berklee World Percussion Festival, where she studied Latin percussion with Giovanni Hidalgo. She has also participated in the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Georges Enescu festival in Romania, and in Bad Kissingen, Germany.
Roxan has performed frequently in New York at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Internationally she has performed at the Musikverrein in Vienna, Royal Albert Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Palau de la MÃºsica Catalana, L'Auditori and the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, Spain, among many others.
Roxan is an active teacher and has given Master classes in various Spanish cities, both as a clinician and as a chamber music coach. She has frequently been interviewed by Spanish Television and Radio stations and can be seen and heard every week during live concert broadcasts.
Roxan Jurkevich was born in New York City in 1969. She began private piano studies at age 7 and percussion at age 8, immediately joining Borough, City, and State-wide bands and orchestras.