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Marc Damoulakis
Cleveland Orchestra / DePaul University - United States


Marc Damoulakis joined The Cleveland Orchestra in August 2006 and was appointed Principal Percussionist Margaret Allen Ireland Chair in 2013.  He is currently a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and DePaul University in Chicago.  Mr. Damoulakis holds the title of Principal Percussionist of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and will be featured as a soloist in 2017. He regularly performs as an artist with Chamberfest Cleveland.  He will also be appearing this summer at the Gilmore Festival performing the Bartok Sonata for two pianos and percussion.

Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the orchestras of the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony,  Kirov Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  He has played with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New Music Consort and the Pulse Percussion Ensemble.  In addition Mr. Damoulakis is a founding member of the Time Table Percussion Quartet.  In 2015,  he performed and recorded with the National Brass Ensemble at Skywalker Ranch and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.  Mr. Damoulakis has also led masterclasses and clinics throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  Most recently traveling to Budapest for a multiple day clinic at the Franz Liszt Academy, and a week long teaching residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Additionally, Marc is a judge of the annual Modern Snare Drum Competition.   

Prior to coming to Cleveland,  Mr. Damoulakis resided in New York for 3 years where he performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel (2003-2006), served as principal timpanist of the Long Island Philharmonic (1998-2006) and held the position of Assistant Principal Percussionist of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006).  He performed as an active freelancer in New York playing on Broadway in Phantom Of The Opera. 

As a collaborative three year project, he developed the K symphonic line of cymbals with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, instruments that are an important part of his sound collection with The Cleveland orchestra.   

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Damoulakis was exposed to music at a young age by his parents who were both educators and musicians, in piano and tuba respectively. He spent four summers at Tanglewood, in addition attending the festivals of Spoleto, and the Pacific Music Festival.  Marc Damoulakis holds an undergraduate BA degree in percussion performance from the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Chris Lamb (The New York Philharmonic), Duncan Patton (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and the late James Preiss (the Steve Reich ensemble). He continued his studies in the New World Symphony, under MTT, for four years(1999-2003.)  Marc and his wife Samantha currently reside in Cleveland with their son, George, and their dog, Rocky. 


Cleveland Orchestra

DePaul University

Sun Valley Summer Symphony