Joseph Petrasek joined the Kansas City Symphony as Associate Principal Percussionist in August 2009. He can be heard on a recent recording by the Kansas City Symphony, titled “Britten's Orchestra,” with Music Director Michael Stern conducting. Joseph is also a founding member of the percussion quartet, Percussion Group Kansas City. Prior to his appointment, he served as a percussion fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.
Originally from Southern California, Joseph earned his bachelor’s degree at UCLA studying under Mitchell Peters, former Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During this time he freelanced with a number of Southern California orchestras, including Orange County's Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He went on to get a masters degree at Temple University, studying with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists Alan Abel and Angela Zator-Nelson.
Mr. Petrasek has had additional training at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Roundtop Festival-Institute, Chautaqua Institute, and the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra. Outside of classical music, Joseph enjoys playing jazz, learning to cook, and the films of Woody Allen.