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DAVID HERBERT is currently Principal Timpanist of the San Francisco Symphony, a title he has held since 1994. He is widely considered the leader of cutting-edge solo timpani repertoire, accomplishing many commissions and world premiere performances every year.

Mr. Herbert served as timpanist of the New World Symphony and has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Saint Louis Symphony, and with the latter orchestra he made his professional solo debut after winning its young artist competition in 1991. Since then, he has appeared as timpani concerto soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and the New World Symphony, with which he made his Lincoln Center debut with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. Mr. Herbert performed the world premiere of William Kraft's Grand Encounter Timpani Concerto #2 in 2005 with the San Francisco Symphony, a commission written specifically for Mr. Herbert. With the SFS, he has performed as soloist in Lou Harrison's Concerto for Organ and Percussion, William Kraft's Timpani Concerto No. 1 and Michael Tilson Thomas's Island Music.

Mr. Herbert is sought after as a chamber musician and clinician around the world and has conducted master classes throughout North America, Japan, China, and Europe. He was a featured clinician at The Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2001, 2003, and 2005 and is currently a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The Boston Conservatory. Mr. Herbert has also taught at The Music Academy of the West and is currently International Principal percussion instructor of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, where he performs chamber music with principal players of the world's premier ensembles.

Mr. Herbert began piano studies with his parents, both professional pianists. He holds a bachelor's degree from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and a master's degree in percussion performance from The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Roland Kohloff. Highlights of Mr. Herbert's early career include performing under Leonard Bernstein's direction as a Tanglewood Music Fellow, and with Lorin Maazel as principal timpanist for an extensive European tour with the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra. Lately, he has enjoyed a varied performance schedule including performances and recordings with the heavy metal rock band Metallica, an international tour with The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, principal timpani appearances with the Kozerthausorchester Berlin and also as a special guest artist with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. He performs as Principal Timpanist with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for two weeks every summer in Sun Valley, Idaho.




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