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Mark Yancich

Principal Timpani

Mark Yancich
The Walter H. Bunzl Chair


Mark Yancich, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist (Walter H. Bunzl Chair) since 1981, is active as publisher, clinician, and teacher at Emory University. He annually hosts the Mark Yancich Timpani Class and in 1991 founded The Atlanta Percussion Seminar.  

Yancich is on the faculty and performs at the Aspen Music Festival. He can be heard on more than 100 recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including most of the great choral repertoire with Robert Shaw conducting. Yancich is featured on the performance video of James Oliverio's Timpani Concerto No. 1 and the “Art of Timpani” educational DVDs entitled "Changing & Tuning Plastic Timpani Heads," "Tucking Calfskin Timpani Heads with Cloyd Duff," and "Sewing Felt Timpani Sticks."  

Yancich has appeared as guest timpanist with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota and Ft. Worth Symphonies, as well as soloist with other orchestras performing Oliverio’s Timpani Concerto No. 1, Phillip Glass’s Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and most recently playing the world premiere of Oliverio’s DYNASTY: Double Timpani Concerto with his brother, Paul, in both Atlanta and Cleveland.  

Yancich’s teachers include Cloyd Duff, Richard Wiener, Saul Goodman, Ruth Cahn, Bill Cahn and Vinnie Ruggiero. Prior to joining the ASO, he was Principal Percussionist and Timpanist of orchestras in Caracas and Maracaibo, Venezuela, and also taught percussion in El Sistema. He is married to Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Lisa Yancich.

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