Benjamin Ramirez

Benjamin Ramirez has been the Acting Principal Timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra since 2007. Prior to joining the NSO he performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra where he served as Principal Timpanist for nine seasons. During several years as a freelance musician in New York, he toured frequently with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, was the Principal Timpanist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and performed with many other New York based musical groups. His numerous guest appearances include performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the symphonies of San Francisco, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. Ramirez is particularly interested in performing new works that feature the timpani as soloist and in chamber music roles. In 2004 he performed James Oliverio’s Timpani Concerto No. 1, and has recently commissioned Oliverio to write a second concerto. Ramirez currently teaches timpani and percussion at The University of Maryland. He has taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Capital University. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Indiana University, and The Curtis Institute of Music. September 2008