Robert Everson

In his debut performance as a soloist, Robert Everson was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a most outstanding performer”, and the Chicago Sun-Times called him a “master timpanist”. Although soloing on the timpani is relatively rare, Mr. Everson has done so many times, playing Darius Milhaud’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago String Ensemble and the Illinois Philharmonic. With the Sinfonietta, he has also performed Georg Druschetzky’s Concerto for Oboe and Eight Timpani, Russell Peck’s Harmonic Rhythm, and the world premier of Jiri Gemrot’s Concertino for Flute, Bagpipes and Timpani. More recently, he performed the Phillip Glass Concert Fantasy for Two Timpanists with the San Francisco Ballet.

Mr. Everson is the timpanist with many orchestras in the Chicago area in addition to the Chicago Sinfonietta, including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Ars Viva, the Lake Forest Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. He also performs as an extra with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Grant Park Symphony. He is a frequent extra player with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), and has performed on CSO recordings under Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez, the latter having won the Grammy award for best orchestral performance in 2001. He has played with dozens of pop artists, and for many Broadway shows, commercial jingles and TV broadcasts.

Mr. Everson earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Percussion Performance from DePaul University, and is the percussion instructor at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, IL as well as at the Birch Creek Music Performance Camp in Door County, WI. He performs solo in-school percussion demonstrations for the International Music Foundation of Chicago, and participates in the educational outreach SEED Program with the Chicago Sinfonietta. He is a life-long resident of the Chicago area with his wife Ellen and their son Ian, an aspiring singer and music producer.