Principal Timpani, California Symphony
Alex Orfaly is a musician and composer living in the Oakland, California and is currently the timpanist of the Stockton Symphony. A native of Boston Massachusetts, Mr. Orfaly has been an active musician and composer from an early age. From 2013-2015 he served as acting principal timpani of the San Francisco Symphony and has also been the timpanist for the Sun Valley Music Festival since 2007. Past positions as principal timpanist have included the Palau de Les Arts in Spain, the New World Symphony and the Tucson Symphony.
Since graduating from the Cleveland Institute of music he has performed with orchestras worldwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Radio France Philharmonic, and the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. He is also a composer of a growing body of percussion pieces, including his Concerto for Brass and Percussion and the Divertissement No. 2 for timpani soloist and large ensemble, both premiered by the New World Symphony. He has been a winner of the Percussive Arts Society composition contest four times: in 2001 for Divertissement #1, in 2006 for Rhapsody #2, in 2010 for Improvvisato Contrasto and finally in 2015 for Copper Wired. Mr. Orfaly has written several pieces for the Sun Valley Music Festival including The Mean Man’s March for solo xylophone and orchestra which was premiered in 2010. In 2012 the orchestra commissioned and premiered Cowboy Bill for narrator and orchestra, and continuing the collaboration this year, the Sun Valley Music Festival has commissioned Breaking Light, for five percussionists and orchestra, which will be premiered this summer.