Joseph Pereira was appointed principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic by Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2007. Before this, he was the assistant principal timpanist/section percussionist of the New York Philharmonic from January 1998 to September 2008. Pereira received his master’s degree in percussion from The Juilliard School and a double bachelor’s degree in performance and composition/theory from Boston University. Currently active as a composer, he is an adjunct assistant professor at the USC Thornton School of Music, and previously taught timpani and percussion at The Juilliard School.
Anthony Tommasini featured Pereira’s work as a composer and percussionist in The New York Times in 2006. In 2007, his first orchestral piece, Mask, was selected by the American Composers Orchestra annual new-music readings for top emerging composers. He conducted the premiere of his Quintet for Winds in 2005 as part of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Concert Hall. The New York Times said, “it is a restless yet lucidly textured work with an astringent harmonic language.” Pereira’s Conversation for Solo Flute was selected by Linda Witherell (original solo flutist with IRCAM) in an international “Call for Scores” through the American Music Center. All of his percussion music is published by Bachovich Music Publications.
Pereira has also performed with the New York Percussion Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, Alea III, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as principal timpanist in the latter. He can also be heard on Telarc, Teldec, and Deutsche Grammophon recordings. He is an alumnus of the Tanglewood Festival and of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.