Kansas City Symphony - United States
Joseph Petrasek joined the Kansas City Symphony as Associate Principal Percussionist in August 2009. He can be heard on the Kansas City Symphony’s latest recording, Britten’s Orchestra, with Music Director Michael Stern conducting. Joseph is also a founding member of the percussion quartet, Percussion Group Kansas City. Prior to his appointment, he served as a percussion fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Joseph has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony.
Originally from Southern California, Joseph earned his bachelors degree at UCLA studying under Mitchell Peters, former Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He went on to get a masters degree at Temple University, studying with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists Alan Abel and Angela Zator-Nelson.
Mr. Petrasek has had additional training at numerous summer festivals including the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Roundtop Festival-Institute, Chautaqua Institute, and the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra.
Joseph is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, and Zildjian cymbals.