Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For 40 years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than 150 new works. Mr. Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including recent appearances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Modern and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. His acclaimed publications include a book, The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams. He has released numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a three-CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode) and a companion recording of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2014 (Mode). Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.