Jason Ginter is a timpanist and percussionist, a soloist and educator. Formerly the Principal Timpanist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, he has performed with orchestras throughout the country including recent performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. He has formerly held the position of Principal Timpanist with the Peoria Symphony and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestras.
In April 2012 Jason was a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the Symphonies for Youth: Minimalist Juxebox concert series, performing the Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Philip Glass.
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Jason began playing the drums at age 12, and while in high school he was selected to play with the Cleveland Orchestra on a “Percussion Spectacular” concert featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie. As a 2007 percussion fellow of the Tanglewood Music Festival, Jason has performed under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, James Levine, Esa Pekka Salonen and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
In March 2011 Jason was invited to teach at the Shenyang Conservatory in China. During the two-week visit he worked with university students of Professor Zhengdao Lu in masterclasses and coachings, and performed a recital.
A graduate of the Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music, he studied with Russell Burge of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. His other major teachers have included Indianapolis Symphony percussionist Craig Hetrick and Cincinnati Symphony percussionist David Fishlock. Jason is a protégé of former Pittsburgh Symphony timpanist Timothy Adams, Jr. During the year spent at Carnegie Mellon University working with Professor Adams, Jason was a winner of the 2008 Carnegie Mellon Concerto Competition – performing Joan Tower’s percussion concerto Strike Zones.
Jason is the owner of JGpercussion, a company specializing in high-quality mallets and percussion products. Jason is the author of Exercises for the Beginning Percussionist (2004), has published articles on the subject of teaching percussion, and has coached award-winning ensembles throughout the United States. He currently serves on the music faculty of the University of San Diego.
Jason Ginter last performed with La Jolla Music Society in SummerFest 2012.