Mark Yancich

Artist Affiliate: Percussion Instructor

Principal Timpani, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

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Mark Yancich, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist (Walter H. Bunzl Chair) since 1981, is active as publisher, clinician, and teacher at Emory University where he annually hosts the Mark Yancich Timpani Class and in 1990 founded The Atlanta Percussion Seminar.  Mark is also on the faculty and performs at the Aspen Music Festival.  He can be heard on over 100 recordings with the ASO, including most of the great choral repertoire, Robert Shaw conducting.  Mark is featured on the performance video of Oliverio's "Timpani Concerto #1," the “Art of Timpani” educational DVDs entitled, "Changing & Tuning Plastic Timpani Heads," "Tucking Calfskin Timpani Heads with Cloyd Duff," and "Sewing Felt Timpani Sticks."  He has appeared as guest timpanist with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Ft. Worth Symphonies, as well as soloist with various other orchestras performing Oliverio’s “Timpani Concerto #1,” Phillip Glass’s “Double Timpani Concerto,” and most recently playing the world premiere of Oliverio’s “DYNASTY Double Timpani Concerto” with brother Paul in both Atlanta and Cleveland.  Mark’s teachers include Cloyd Duff, Richard Wiener, Saul Goodman, Ruth Cahn, Bill Cahn and Vinnie Ruggiero.  Previous to joining the ASO, Mark was Principal Percussion and Timpanist of orchestras in Caracas and Maracaibo, Venezuela and also taught percussion in El Sistema.  He is married to ASO violinist Lisa Yancich and their daughter Michelle is an accomplished pianist who is studying Latin and the Classics in college.