Marc Damoulakis, principal percussionist, Margaret Allen Ireland Chair, has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra for 11 years. He is currently a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, has led masterclasses and clinics throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and has students holding positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the world.
He has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kirov Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is an active chamber musician, having played with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Gilmore Festival, the New Music Consort and the Pulse Percussion Ensemble. In addition, Mr. Damoulakis is a founding member of the Time Table Percussion Quartet.
A native of Boston, MA, Mr. Damoulakis was exposed to music at a young age by his parents who were both educators and musicians, in piano and tuba respectively. He spent four summers at Tanglewood, in addition attending the festivals of Spoleto, and the Pacific Music Festival. He holds an undergraduate BA degree in percussion performance from the Manhattan School of Music, studying under Chris Lamb (The New York Philharmonic), Duncan Patton (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and the late James Preiss (The Steve Reich ensemble). He continued his studies in the New World Symphony, under Michael Tilson Thomas, for 4 years.