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 preceeded 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 among others. In addition to being featured in live DSO webcasts at dso.org/live, Jeremy 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, recently released on the DSO's own Live from Orchestra Hall label.
A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jeremy studied extensively with Jauvon Gilliam while also holding a full-time retail job and serving 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. Jeremy has taken part in coachings and masterclasses with several other prominent timpanists, including David Herbert, Mark Yancich, Timothy Adams, and Dean Borghesani.
During the summer months, Jeremy’s engagements have included serving as Principal Timpanist of the Strings Music Festival Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra. He has also studied and performed at the Aspen Music Festival and served as a performing faculty member for the Traveling Notes music festivals held in Armenia and the Republic of Georgia.
Jeremy has been an instructor at the University of Manitoba, and continues to give lessons, clinics and masterclasses internationally. He is a proud endorser of Remo drumheads.