Duncan Patton

Duncan Patton is a principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a member of the percussion faculty at Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Patton has performed with the MET Orchestra on tour in Europe, Japan, across the U.S., and in New York's Carnegie Hall. He can be heard on radio and television broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, as well as on recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and Decca. He has performed chamber music with the Met Chamber Ensemble, the Percussionists of the Met Opera, the Empire Brass, the New Renaissance Chamber Artists, and the Manhattan Percussion Ensemble. As a clinician and soloist, he has given presentations at the Percussive Arts Society international convention, state PAS chapters, the Oberlin Percussion Institute, and the International Week of Percussion in Mexico City. His articles on timpani performance have been published in Percussive Notes. He is also a composer of works for percussion, and his music has been heard in New York, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Hartford, Mexico City, and other cities.

Prior to joining the Met, Mr. Patton was principal timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony and performed with the Colorado Philharmonic and the Albany Symphony. An Albany, New York, native, He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and was a student of John Beck and Roland Kohloff. He has been a member of the Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1989.