About Percussion Orchestrations

Percussion Orchestrations is the brainchild of eminent percussionist Ed Cervenka. It is a database of Timpani and Percussion requirements for orchestral, operatic and contemporary repertoire, currently containing 8534 works by 733 different composers, and is continually being added to. Each work included is broken down by movement, and denotes specifically which instruments each player requires, and for more complex works, explanatory notes are included.

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Our Team

Ed Cervenka - Percussion Orchestrations founder and director
Audrey Dantier - French Translator
David Valdés - Spanish Translator
Federico Occhiodoro - Italian Translator

Ed Cervenka studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and graduated in 1998 having gained the GRNCM and PPRNCM with Distinction. He is Principal Percussionist with Northern Sinfonia, and also freelances as a Percussionist and Timpanist with orchestras all over the UK including BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, and has worked with many of the world's leading conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Mackerras and Mark Elder.

Ed has also become established as the leading cimbalom player of his generation. He has performed the cimbalom part in Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite on some 30 occasions including with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, with the Halle Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the 2011 BBC Proms. He has also worked as a cimbalom player with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and RTE Symphony Orchestra. Recordings include Dutilleux's Mystere de L'Instant with the BBC Philharmonic, and Stravinsky's Ragtime with the European Solosists Ensemble and Ashkenazy. He has also recorded a number of TV and Film soundtracks including the ITV drama series Far from the Madding Crowd, the second series of the BBC comedy League of Gentlemen and the films Dogma with the LPO and Simon Magus. He recorded the solo cimbalom part for the 2nd and 3rd Lord of the Rings films, and most recently played solo cimbalom and hammered dulcimer on the first Hobbit Film, both also with the LPO.

David Valdés gained his BMus at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Conservatory in Oviedo with the highest marks: “End of Degree” Prize and “Ángel Muñiz Toca” Extraordinary Award. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, gaining the PgDip (Timpani and Percussion) and LRAM.

He is Principal Timpani/Percussion with the Gijón Symphony Orchestra, also mantaining a busy freelancing schedule. He has played with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orquesta de los Festivales de Asturias, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de Cámara Catalana, Moscow Virtuosi, Concerto München Sinfonieorchester (Germany), DWR Rundfunk Orchester Köln (Germany), Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic (Poland), and the Orquestra do Norte (Portugal). He is interested in historically documented performance, and has collaborated with the ensembles Forma Antiqva, Memoria de los Sentidos and Sphera Antiqva. David has participated in a vast number of recordings, and is a busy recording and session musician.

Federico Occhiodoro Federico Occhiodoro (5/11/’85 Ancona) is graduated cum laude in Percussion, with a thesis and a recital on solo percussion music written in a non-traditional way, that includes Stockhausen’s “Zyklus”, Feldman’s “The King of Denmark” and various pieces by John Cage. He is specializing in the orchestral repertoire under Edoardo Albino Giachino at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome), and studies the solo repertoire for marimba under Daniella Ganeva (teacher at the Royal College of Music in London).He studies and plays ethnic percussion, Bodhràn, drumset, jazz vibraphone and marimba. He obtained good placements at the auditions for percussion at the Fondazione Teatro Regio di Parma and the Fondazione Arena di Verona.

He collaborated with: Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Regio di Parma, Ensemble ‘900 (youth orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia), Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, Orchestra Rossini di Pesaro, Orchestra della Repubblica di San Marino, Orchestra Bruno Maderna di Forlì, Orchestra di Fiati di Ancona. He plays contemporary music for solo percussion (Stockhausen, Feldman, Cage, ecc.) and for ensemble (he played Bartok’s “Sonata for two pianos and percussion” in 2012 at the Parco della Musica in Roma), plays as a soloist at festivals and exhibitions, and has a solo marimba recital programme. He plays early music (from Renaissaince and Baroque) with the Instrumental Ensemble of the Teatro della Memoria (Rome). He plays drums in variuous styles: jazz, swing, rock, pop, italian songwriting, he plays percussion in modern jazz, funk, and mediterranean jazz, and he plays the vibraphone in traditional jazz, mainstream, pre-bop and vocal-jazz. He also deals with sonorizations in theater, conferences, museums and cultural events.

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