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Jonathan Haas is known worldwide as a soloist, orchestral timpanist, percussionist, conductor, teacher, clinician, and entrepreneur. He has garnered international acclaim for his performances of Philip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, which he commissioned and has performed seventy times worldwide with numerous top orchestras. Mr. Haas is principal percussionist of the American Symphony, principal timpanist of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, percussionist of the American Composers Orchestra, and president of Gemini Music Productions, the largest employer of musicians in New York. He is on the faculties of New York University and the Juilliard Pre-College Division, conductor of the JPC Percussion Ensemble, and conductor of the Aspen Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Haas has performed and recorded with Emerson Lake and Palmer, Aerosmith, the Grammy Award–winning Zappa’s Universe, and many others. In his quest to showcase the timpani in unusual musical settings, Haas is known for his Hot Jazz Timpani performances, highlighting an unusual instrumental combination with his nine-piece Latin/jazz ensemble Johnny H. and the Prisoners of Swing. Mr. Haas is a graduate of The Juilliard School and studied with Saul Goodman and Buster Bailey, as well as Richard Holmes, Charles Owen, and Rich O’Donnell at Washington University in St. Louis.

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