Canadian timpanist Jeremy Epp holds the Richard and Mona Alonzo Chair as Principal Timpanist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. His 2014 appointment in Detroit was preceded by four seasons as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Principal Timpanist, prior to which he held the same position with the Erie Philharmonic.
Jeremy has made appearances with several North American orchestras as Guest Principal Timpanist, notably the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He can be heard on several Detroit Symphony Orchestra recordings, including complete cycles of the symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Brahms under the direction of Leonard Slatkin.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jeremy studied extensively with Jauvon Gilliam while performing as a regular extra musician with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In the years leading up to his first orchestral appointment, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teachers were Cleveland Orchestra principal musicians Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner.
Additional engagements have included appearances as Principal Timpanist of the Strings Music Festival Orchestra, the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and serving as a performing faculty member for the Traveling Notes music festivals in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.
Committed to timpani and percussion education, Jeremy is a Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and has presented clinics and masterclasses internationally at various institutions and events, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is a proud endorser of Remo drumheads and Freer Percussion products.