Praised for his “accuracy and panache” (Miami Herald) and his “thunderous, ominous, and dramatic" performances (South Florida Classical Review), timpanist Alex Wadner completed his fellowship as the Timpani Fellow at the New World Symphony after four seasons.
He has also served as Guest Principal Timpanist in the San Francisco Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist in the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and as Percussionist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (IN).
Alex received his Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2010, where he studied with John Tafoya and Gerald Carlyss. He earned his Masters Degree in Timpani Performance with Honors under the tutelage of David Herbert and Jack Van Geem at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012, where he was the recipient of the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Foundation Scholarship Award in 2010 and 2011.
A frequent percussion coach at Miami Northwestern High School, he has given masterclasses to college students in Medelín, Colombia and Los Angeles, and served as head percussion staff for the Young Musician’s Program in Berkeley, California. He has performed under the batons of numerous renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Stéphane Denève, Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, Osmo Vänskä, Marek Janowski, Giancarlo Guerrero, James Conlon, Carlos Kalmar, and John Adams. Alex is a Remo Education Artist and a proud endorser of Remo percussion products.