Michael Kemp, a native of Rochester, New York, was appointed principal timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Prior to this, he served as the principal timpanist of the Erie Philharmonic in Erie, PA.
In demand as a guest timpanist, Michael has appeared with many orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Michael received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Percussion Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he studied with Edward Stephan, Chris Allen, Andrew Reamer, and Jeremy Branson of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Mr. Kemp attended Cleveland State University where he studied with Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. While growing up in Rochester, NY, Michael had the opportunity to study with Ruth Cahn, John Beck, and Charles Ross.
Michael previously served as the principal timpanist of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO and has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Center Institute, and the Chautauqua Music Festival.
Michael currently resides in Winnipeg with his wife Anna who is a bassist and founder of the composer + coffee project. Beginning in 2019, Mr. Kemp became an adjunct instructor at the University of Manitoba. In his free time, Michael plays hockey and is an enthusiastic supporter of Buffalo sports teams. Mr. Kemp is an endorser of Freer Percussion products and Remo drumheads.