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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
  • Country: Canada

Percussionist Donald Kuehn is originally from Denver, Colorado and attended Boston University's School of Fine and Applied Arts before joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 1968 as their Assistant Timpanist. While in Baltimore Don served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, Morgan State College, and Pennsylvania's Susquehanna University. Five years later he and his young family moved to Toronto where he began his new position as Principal Percussionist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has played just about every one of the 'big' percussion parts and has appeared several times as a soloist with the orchestra. He has also been active in the orchestra's educational programs both as a performer, a member of the TSO board's educational sub-committee, and as a faculty member of the Toronto Symphony's Youth Orchestra.

In 1993, after twenty years in the "hot" seat, Don moved back into the percussion section. He and his wife Beth, also from Denver, enjoy dual Canadian/American citizenship, four boys, two daughters-in-law (so far), and four grandchildren. Together they own a fledgling company, Kuehn Enterprises, which manufactures percussion accessory tables and other percussion products. Don has also been able to realize a lifelong ambition-flying. He currently holds a private pilot license and a glider pilot license. During the summer he spends as much time as possible as a glider instructor and tow pilot at York Soaring, a local glider club near Toronto. He also flys Cessna 172's and the Piper PA-18 Supercub at the Brampton Flying Club and as a BFC member qualified to fly their Supercub is proud to be among that select group of pilots known as "Tail Dragger Drivers".

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