Duncan Patton, Principal Timpani

Duncan Patton has been a Principal Timpanist of the Met Orchestra since 1984. Prior to that he served as Principal Timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed or recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Met Chamber Ensemble, and the Canadian Brass, among others. He is a Co-Chair of the percussion department at the Manhattan School of Music, from where many of his students have gone on to positions with major orchestras. He has presented masterclasses at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Oberlin Percussion Institute, the International Week of Percussion in Mexico City, and the Tokyo College of Music. His articles on timpani performance have been published in Percussive Notes magazine. Also a composer of works for percussion, his music is published by Bachovich Music Publications.An Albany, New York, native, he is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and was a student of Richard Albagli, Roland Kohloff, and John Beck. An avid cyclist, he currently lives in Leonia, NJ with his wife, Karen Marx, her children, and their trusty dog, Scout.


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