About Reed Puleo

American percussionist Reed Puleo dedicates himself to performing contemporary classics and the music of our time. His affinity for contemporary music comes from his days playing with the New Jersey Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble, of which he was a founding member in 2009.

As a versatile performer, Reed has participated in the Darmstadt Summer Course, Lucerne Festival Academy, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, and appeared at the Rite of Summer, Caramoor Festival, and Celebrity Series of Boston Stave Sessions. He has performed with the Nieuw Ensemble (Amsterdam, NL), members of the Bang on a Can All Stars, musicians of the Silkroad Ensemble, with Mantra Percussion at National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY), and joined Sō Percussion at PASIC 2017. He collaborated with Rebecca Saunders on the world premiere performance of DUST III alongside Christian Dierstein and Dirk Rothbrust. As a member of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO), he performed in the inaugural Lucerne Festival Forward.

He has worked with leading conductors including Sir George Benjamin, Brad Lubman, Vimbayi Kaziboni, and Elena Schwarz. Other performances include those in Symphony Hall (Boston, MA), Carnegie Hall, the Teatro Solis (Montevideo, Uruguay), Auditorio Manuel de Falla (Granada, Spain), the Musikverein, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and at Tanglewood.

Reed earned his Master of Music degree at the University of Michigan SMTD in Performance & Chamber Music, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He also studied for one year at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has received grants from the University of Michigan SMTD EXCEL Lab & Center for European Studies, the ThinkSwiss Foundation, and will move to Graz, Austria in the Fall on a Fulbright Scholarship. His teachers include Kenneth Piascik, Doug Perkins, Samuel Solomon, Nancy Zeltsman, Kyle Brightwell, Arnold Marinissen, Ian Antonio, and Michael Gould.