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In 2007, JOSEPH PEREIRA was appointed Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Esa Pekka Salonen. He appeared as a soloist with the orchestra in William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 1, the recording of which was released by Deutsche Grammophon on iTunes. He also regularly appears as a percussionist in the orchestra’s Green Umbrella series, where he has performed solo works and has premiered many new pieces. Previously he was the Assistant Principal Timpanist/Section Percussionist of the New York Philharmonic, from January 1998 to September 2008. He currently runs the percussion studio at USC’s Thornton School of Music and also was on faculty at the Juilliard School from 2005-2013. Pereira received his Master’s degree in Percussion from the Juilliard School and a double Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Composition/Theory from Boston University.
As a composer, Pereira’s most recent commissions have come from Piano Spheres, for pianist Vicki Ray, percussionist Colin Currie, the Miró Quartet, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, pianist Joanne Pearce Martin, and the Manhattan School of Music. In 2014 his piece Strophe, commissioned by Colin Currie and the Miró Quartet, received its European premiere in Hamburg, with the the Pavel Haas Quartet and Colin Currie. In 2013, his string trio Blur, was selected as one of the winners of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles (ACF-LA), and was premiered in Los Angeles. In 2012, the Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered his Percussion Concerto with soloist Colin Currie. The work was programmed the following season with Pereira as the soloist with the Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, in Los Angeles and at London’s Barbican. Also in 2012, his quartet for amplified double basses was premiered on the LA Phil’s Chamber Music series. Pereira’s Violin Partita, performed by LA Phil violinist Robert Gupta, was released by Yarlung Records, and his piece for percussion quartet Repoussé, was recorded by the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet for Sono Luminus Recordings, and received three 2013 Grammy nominations.
When not performing, writing, or teaching, Pereira likes to spend time with his wife, violinist Minyoung Chang, and their new daughter Sophia.