Rob Knopper, percussion
Rob Knopper has been a percussionist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2011. Previously, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida. Recent TV appearances include a PBS Broadcast of Michael Tilson Thomas' musical, The Thomashefskys, and with The All-Star Orchestra on National Public Television, under the direction of Gerard Schwartz. Rob has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and as the timpanist of the National Repertory Orchestra. As an educator, he has done clinics and masterclasses at the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy, and other institutions across the country. Apart from classical percussion, Rob is an avid ragtime xylophonist, songwriter, drumset player, and guitarist. He plays in the band The Paisley Fields, based in New York City. Rob graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 where he studied with Greg Zuber, Joseph Pereira, and Daniel Druckman.