2017 Festival Orchestra: Andrew Watkins

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Andrew Watkins, timpani

A native of Monticello, IL, Andrew Watkins has served as percussionist and assistant principal timpanist for the San Diego Symphony since February 2010. He also teaches percussion at Cal State University Long Beach and Point Loma Nazarene University.   This is his first appearance with the Mainly Mozart Festival.

He performs frequently with a variety of ensembles in Southern California, including Art of Elan, Luscious Noise, and The Modern Appliances.  Over the years he has played extensively with many well known orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera, New World Symphony and the HPAC Orchestra.   He has also appeared at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and SOAP Festival, among others.

Andrew began his formal percussion studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  He then went on to graduate school at Roosevelt University in Chicago and New England Conservatory in Boston. He had just begun studies at Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton when he won his job with the San Diego Symphony.  He has been taught by some of the most highly regarded percussionists in the world, including William Moersch, Ed Harrison, Vadim Karpinos, Will Hudgins, and Ted Atkatz.