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Edward Stephan
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Duquesne University - United States


Recently appointed Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and former Principal Timpanist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Edward Stephan is recognized as one of the most exciting and diverse timpanists in the United States.  He has been praised for his “strong and multi-faceted playing” as well as his “captivating flare behind the instrument”.   Ed assumed his post in Dallas after eight seasons as Principal Timpanist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  While in Fort Worth, Ed appeared twice as soloist with the FWSO and was awarded the American Airlines Distinguished Musician Award in 2006.

Ed is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he began his formal musical training at the age of 6.   His earliest and most influential teachers were Stanley Leonard and John Soroka – both from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Ed received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins and a recipient of the conservatory’s Outstanding Performer Scholarship.  While living in Boston, Ed performed with many orchestras throughout New England, including the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony and the National Lyric Opera, among others.  Mr. Stephan was twice awarded fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany.  Additionally, he has served as Principal Timpanist of the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado.  As a chamber musician, Ed has had the opportunity to work with distinguished artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax and Gil Shaham, to name a few.   Ed can be heard on  recordings with the FWSO, as well as more than a dozen recordings with the North Texas Wind Symphony on the Grammy-nominated Klavier recording label.  On two of the Klavier recordings Mr. Stephan is a featured soloist. 

In addition to performing, Ed is a highly sought after teacher and clinician.  He has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington and proudly endorses Pearl/Adams concert percussion instruments.  Ed currently lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Rebecca, and has a deep passion for cycling and bicycle racing.  With numerous emergency room visits to his credit as well, Ed sometimes wonders if bike racing and timpani playing aren’t conflicting passions.   



Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Duquesne University

Equipment Configuration

Adams PLCD Philharmonic Light Timpani
Adams PHDC Philharmonic Classic Dresden Timpani