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On the Cover: Markus Rhoten

Posted January 15, 2016

New year, new On the Cover musician!

This January we introduce Principal Timpani Markus Rhoten in our On the Cover series highlighting the great musicians of the Philharmonic. In the video above Markus talks about his journey to the Philharmonic, the role of the Principal Timpani, and (most importantly) whether he prefers red wine or white.

Follow along this month as Markus takes over our Instagram and shows us a typical day in the life of an orchestra musician, juggling rehearsal and teaching.

Also, for you percussionists out there (and for the classically curious): Later this month on Facebook, we will post a video of Markus giving a tutorial on how he crafts each timpani head by hand with a metal frame and calf-skin, also known as tucking. You may not realize how much time and care go into maintaining timpani. They are indeed temperamental instruments!

And because last month’s live Twitter Q&A with Kuan Cheng Lu was such a success, we’re bringing it back. Follow us on Twitter and tune in at the end of January for updates. There is no question too small or too nerdy!

Learn more about Markus Rhoten.