Jauvon Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29 by unanimous vote of the orchestra committee and Maestro Christoph Eschenbach.
Since 2011, Jauvon performs regularly as guest principal timpanist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is also timpanist of the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-TV group comprised of principal players from all across the United States (scheduled to air Fall 2013 on PBS).
Jauvon is currently the Director of Percussion Studies/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland. He also held the same position at the University of Manitoba.
Jauvon has previously performed with The Cleveland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.
Prior to his NSO appointment, Jauvon was timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for seven years, appearing as a soloist with them in 2005. While in Winnipeg, he was also timpanist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and, for a time, played drum set for the WSO pops series.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Jauvon began his musical career playing piano, winning his first national competition at age 11. He received a full scholarship in piano performance to attend Butler University, but later changed to full-time percussion study. He graduated with honors with a degree in Arts Administration, and then continued his graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Jauvon is a proud endorser of Remo, Yamaha, Sabian and Innovative.
“Next it was Gilliam’s turn to take the limelight…he delivered with a virtuosic performance. It was refreshing to see and hear this gifted musician emerge from the back of the orchestra.” -Winnipeg Free Press, 2005, Kraft Timpani Concerto
“Special mention must be made of timpanist Jauvon Gilliam, who pounded the skins right off their kettle drums.” -Winnipeg Free Press, 2007, Rite of Spring