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Timothy Adams Back To Performers

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  • percussion

TIMOTHY ADAMS was named Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Timpanist beginning with the 1995-96 season.

Having spent two summers at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Mr. Adams played under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Elliot Carter and Leon Fleisher. He has played solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Florida Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony and also has recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he was appointed principal timpanist in 1995.

In his capacity as Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Adams is active in Education and Outreach activities serving as both coach and mentor to aspiring percussionists. He presents master classes for high school students and was involved in the Symphony’s Early Childhood pilot program. He was instrumental in developing and presenting the Pennsylvania Day of Percussion at Heinz Hall, bringing in such artists as Evelyn Glennie, Peter Erskine and Dana Kimble. Mr. Adams’ most recent venture had him composing for dance concerts and playing on the soundtrack of The Caveman’s Valentine starring Samuel L. Jackson. The movie score was written by Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.

Adams currently serves on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh as Associate Professor of Music, head of the percussion program, and teaches percussion at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO