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  • Band/Affiliation: American Symphony Orchestra
  • School / Univ. / Institution: New York University, New York Camber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival
  • Country: United States

Jonathan Haas, the rarest of modern virtuosi, embarked on the career of solo timpanist presenting in 1980 the only recital of solo timpani ever presented at Carnegie Recital Hall. He has most recently commissioned Philip Glass' Concerto Fantasy for two timpani and orchestra. Appearances have included the American Symphony, BBC London, St. Louis, Bergen Norway, Prague, Phoenix, Peabody, Pasadena, Mexico City, New York Pops, Long Beach and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Haas is the principal timpanist of the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, and EOS Ensemble; he is principal percussionist of the American Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the American Composers Orchestra. He performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York Pops, and the New Jersey Symphony and has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Recent recording projects include the 18th Century Concertos for Timpani and Orchestra and Johnny H. and the Prisoners of Swing.

He has performed and recorded with Emerson, Lake and Palmer and on the Grammy Award-winning Zappa's Universe; he has also recorded with Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, and Black Sabbath. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, he received his master's degree from the Juilliard School. Mr. Haas is the director of the Peabody Conservatory Percussion Studio and a faculty-artist of the Aspen Music School. He heads Gemini Music Productions, which contracts musicians for Lincoln Center, New York Pops, New York Chamber Symphony, and many other organizations.

PERFORMANCE/GROUP/SCHOOL AFFILIATIONS:

Principal timpanist of the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, EOS Ensemble, principal percussionist of the American Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the American Composers Orchestra. He performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York Pops, and New Jersey Symphony and has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

MAJOR INFLUENCES:

Saul Goodman, Carl Palmer, Frank Zappa, Tom Stubbs, Rich ODonnel, John Kasica, Ricahard Holmes, Leon Botstein

RECOMMENDED CYMBALS:

All Classic Orchestral and K Constantinople Instruments

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