Kevin Ritenauer


Associate Principal Timpani, St Louis Symphony

Kevin Ritenauer joined the St. Louis Symphony as Associate Principal Timpanist/Section Percussionist in the Fall of 2022. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio he has enjoyed a multi-faceted musical career. Prior to joining the SLSO, Ritenauer spent four seasons in Miami Beach as a Percussion Fellow at the New World Symphony. Ritenauer has performed orchestrally around the country with groups such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony respectively. Aside from orchestral playing, he enjoys chamber music. Along with his two brothers, Kevin has commissioned and performed works for percussion trio.

Ritenauer has spent summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West and the Roundtop Festival Institute. In 2022 he appeared as Principal Timpanist with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Ritenauer attended the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM).