American percussionist Chris Tusa joined the Wuhan Philharmonic as Principal Timpanist in March 2013. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Southwest Florida Philharmonic, Palm Beach Pops Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival, and the New World Symphony. Additionally, Mr. Tusa was Principal Timpanist of the 2011 Castleton Music Festival, where he worked under the baton of Lorin Maazel. He has also performed with such esteemed conductors as Teddy Abrams, Albert George Schramm, Markus Korselt, Zhang Jiemin and Joshua Weilerstein. An avid performer of the music of our time, Mr. Tusa has collaborated with composers Zhou Long, Virko Baley, Bright Sheng, Roberto Sierra, An-Lun Huang and Gunther Schuller, to name a few.
Prior to his appointment in Wuhan, Mr. Tusa was pursing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He obtained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, as well as a Professional Performance Certificate, from the Lynn Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ted Atkatz. Mr. Tusa proudly endorses and plays with JG Percussion mallets and Grover Pro instruments.
Mr. Tusa has recently begun taking lessons in Mandarin; so when you see him, please feel free to say Ni Hao!