music

Kyle Zerna

Instructor, Percussion

Kyle Zerna joined the New York Philharmonic as percussion/assistant principal timpani in September 2010. Previously, he was in the master’s degree program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he completed his bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Duncan Patton and Christopher S. Lamb. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony, and New World Symphony. An avid performer of 20th-century and new music, he has collaborated with composers Charles Wuorinen, David Lang, Kevin Volans, and Elliott Carter, and performed two timpani solos for Carter’s centennial birthday celebration.

Zerna was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for two consecutive years, performing with conductors such as James Levine, Bernard Haitink, and Sir Andrew Davis. He has also performed frequently as principal timpanist with the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme in Aldeburgh, England, and has recorded with The Metropolitan Opera brass section.