Alex Wadner is currently the Acting Principal Timpanist of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. He was previously the Timpani Fellow at the New World Symphony for four seasons where he was praised for his “accuracy and panache” (Miami Herald) and his “thunderous, ominous, and dramatic” performances (South Florida Classical Review). He has appeared as a guest timpanist with numerous orchestras which include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), and the Malaysian Philharmonic. In 2018, he was named Principal Timpanist of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon under the direction of Teddy Abrams.
Alex received his Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, where he studied with John Tafoya and Gerald Carlyss. He earned his Master’s Degree in Timpani Performance with Honors under the tutelage of David Herbert and Jack Van Geem at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He can be seen and heard on 2017 performance recordings in Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s online concert library. Alex is proud to be a Remo Education Artist.