Wade Culbreath was appointed principal timpanist-percussionist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2009. As soloist with the orchestra, he performed the Sejourne “Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra,” and was praised for his “virtuosity and jazzy flair” (Los Angeles Times) and “dazzling technique.” (American Record Guide)
A much sought-after musician in Los Angeles, Culbreath holds the position of principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and principal timpani with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, he participated in two tours of Europe, eight recordings on the Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammaphon labels, and the PBS Great Performances broadcast celebrating the music of John Williams.
He appears on two Steve Reich world-premiere recordings, “You Are (Variations)” and “Daniel Variations” on the Nonesuch label, and on hundreds of motion picture soundtracks for the Hollywood film studios including the Oscar winning scores for Aladdin, Life of Pi, and La La Land.
Wade Culbreath studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree and the Performer’s Certificate.