Line C3
is a collection of percussionists committed to sharing the best of percussion repertoire in the most entertaining way possible. The group has toured Japan, been featured soloist with the American Composers Orchestra in Zankel Hall, and twice been quartet-in-residence for the Juilliard School Summer Percussion Seminar. Formed in 2003, Line C3 is known for combining an uncompromising standard of musicianship with a rigorous emphasis on fun. 


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Line C3 Percussion Group

photo by Masataka Suemitsu

Line C3 is a collection of percussionists who energize audiences with an uncompromising standard of musicianship and a rigorous emphasis on fun. 

Members of the ensemble began playing together at the Juilliard School in 2003 and now individually represent some of the most accomplished soloists, ensemble players, and educators of their generation. Due to the extraordinarily broad range of world-class performance and education activities the members are involved with outside of the group (Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Orchestra of St. Lukes, Boston Conservatory, Tan Dun, Orpheus, Boston University, countless solo engagements, popular and commercial music recordings, and Broadway shows) their concerts together have developed a reputation as all-star events: not-to-be-missed spectacles of fun and virtuosity.

Line C3 interprets a wide variety of the classic masterpieces of percussion literature, from Steve Reich and John Cage to Vinko Globokar and Györgi Ligeti, and aggressively commissions new works from some of the most exciting young composers working today including Marcos Balter, Mick Barr, Sean Friar, Chris Kapica, Hiroya Miura, Nico Muhly, Carl Schimmel, and Ryan Streber. In 2011, Line C3 presented the world premier of Sean Friar's "Clunker Concerto" with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and participated in a series of "Playing it UNSafe" workshops leading up to the performance meant to nurture both the creative process and the collaboration between composer, ensemble, and soloists. The group has also appeared in Japan in recital and as the featured ensemble of the Japan Percussion Festival. 

Line C3 has twice been in residence for the Juilliard School's Summer Percussion Seminar, and also presented similar programs of recitals and masterclasses for performers and composers at major university music programs. 

Read more about Line C3 members Haruka Fujii, John Ostrowski, Samuel Z. Solomon, and Chris Thompson.