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05 Jun

Duncan Patton joins Pearl/Adams

Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments are proud to welcome Duncan Patton, Principal Timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Co-Chair of the percussion department at the Manhattan School of Music, to its artist roster, full of internationally renowned performers and educators. 

Patton joined the MET in 1984, following his tenure as Principal Timpanist of the Honolulu Symphony.  In addition to performances at New York's Lincoln Center, Patton has performed with the MET Orchestra on tour in Europe, Japan, across the U.S., and in New York's Carnegie Hall.  He can be heard on the radio, television, and live movie theater HD broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, and on MET recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and Decca labels.  As an educator, many of Patton’s students have been appointed to positions with major orchestras and other prominent ensembles. 

During the 2011-2012 season, Patton selected Adams Dresden Classic Timpani as the new sound of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, one of the world’s greatest classical ensembles. Regarding his new instruments, Patton says:

“The Adams Dresden Classic timpani are the most magnificent sounding drums I have played on.  The amount of resonance the drum produces is extraordinary - both in terms of the presence of tone immediately following the attack, and the length of the sound.  Pitch definition is superb.  I find the quality of the sound very attractive and balanced - a strong fundamental combined with a pleasing blend of overtones.  A tremendous depth of tone is available, but when I need a lighter sound I can also achieve the brightness I need.  In the softest pianissimos there is a wonderful life to the sound, and in the loudest fortissimos they continue to provide an enormous resonant tone.  The four drums are beautifully matched.  Together they achieve a wonderful combination of presence and blending within the ensemble.  The huge tone and range of colors of these drums are perfect for my performances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.”

Pearl and Adams welcome Duncan Patton, an outstanding performer and educator, as yet another artist who chooses Adams Timpani.  Adams Timpani are the preferred choice of professionals worldwide.