Joseph Pereira enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist/percussionist, composer, conductor, and educator. Since 2008, he has been the Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and was previously the assistant principal timpanist/section percussionist of the New York Philharmonic from 1997 to 2008. Pereira runs the percussion studio at USC Thornton School of Music and is on faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. As a composer, Pereira’s music has been described as “restless yet lucidly textured” (New York Times), “striking atmospherics of colour” (Guardian), and “one sonic surprise after another” (Los Angeles Times). Pereira’s work has been profiled in feature articles by the New York Times and LA Times and was featured on the PBS series “Craft in America.” His works are published by Bachovich Music and Black Dot Press in London. He is managed by Price Attractions Artist Management. (Please visit
He was a member of the PMF Orchestra Academy in 1995, and returned as faculty in 2022, making this his second faculty appearance at PMF.

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