attended Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music and studied with Raymond
Froehlich, Barry Jekowski, and Jahja Ling.
He started out
on the piano and gravitated to percussion while a member of the San
Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.
In 1981, he helped christen Davies Hall with “Symphony No. 8”
by Gustav Mahler, which was performed by the SFSYO and San Francisco Boys’
He joined the
Honolulu Symphony in 1991 and the Boston Pops in 1993, just in time for a
tour of Japan. Eventually, he became the principal
timpanist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
with whom he has performed include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Radio City Music Hall
Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic.
November 2005, the BSO appeared at Symphony Hall where they performed
George Perle’s “Transcendental
Modulations” and Gunther Schuller’s “Spectra”.
They teamed up
with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in January
2006 for a performance of Missa solemnis by Ludwig van Beethoven.
March 2006, they were at Verizon Hall for Beethoven’s “Symphony
No. 7 in A, Op. 92”, Elliott Carter’s “Three Illusions”,
Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs for
Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra”, and Richard Strauss’s “Till
Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28”.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday with his “Serenata notturna” and “Violin
Concerto No. 5 in A” in April 2006.
March 2007, they performed Mahler’s “Symphony No. 3”.
joined by Yo-Yo Ma on 4th August 2007 for Antonin
Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto”, which was followed by his “Symphony
No. 9” (“From the New World”).
May 2008, they performed “For Aaron” by Lukas Foss, “Plain
Song, Fantastic Dances” by Michael Gandolfi, “Serenata Notturna” by William Bolcom,
and “Zhuang Zhou’s Dream” by Osvaldo Golijov.
up Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” on 23rd August
2009. On 5th November
2009, they reprised his ninth symphony and opened with his eighth at Tanglewood in Lenox,
In May 2009,
the Boston Pops gave the world premiere and first live performance of John
Williams’ “Concerto for Viola and Orchestra” and “Stargazers”
at Symphony Hall.
the Tanglewood Festival Chorus at Symphony Hall for
The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers in
August 2010, the BSO reprised Dvorak’s “New
World” symphony on an evening that opened with Johannes
Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 2”.
He and other members
of the Pacific Music Festival faculty gave a recital at Sapporo Concert
Hall Kitara on 26th July 2011. The program comprised highlights
from “Eight Pieces for Four Timpani” by Elliott Carter, “Fandango”
by Joseph Turin, “Impromptu in D flat major, Op. 86” by Gabriel
Faure, “Le Morceau de Salon, Op. 228”
by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda, “Oblivion”
by Astor Piazzolla, “Second Solo De Concours” by Theo Charlier,
“Trombone Concerto” by Launy Grondahl, “Une Larme pour basse” by Gioachino Rossini, “Valse
Miniature” by Serge Koussevitzsky, and “Violin
Sonata in B flat major, K. 454” by Mozart.
In addition to
serving on the faculty of the PMF, he has taught at Boston University
Recordings on which
he appears include America,
American Visions, The Celtic Album, Chris Botti in
Boston, The Great War and the
Shaping of the 20th Century, Holiday Pops, The Latin
Album, My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration, and
A Splash of Pops.