GROUP Principal Percussionist - Philadelphia Orchestra
Chris Deviney is Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been Section Percussionist in the Houston Symphony. He has also previously performed and recorded with the New Orleans Symphony, Toronto Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed at the Bard Music Festival and as a featured soloist with the Brevard (FL) Symphony.
Mr. Deviney was a student at the Aspen Music Festival where he was the recipient of the first Charles Owen Memorial Fellowship. He was also a two-year Tanglewood Institute Fellowship recipient. Mr. Deviney received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Florida State University under Prof. Gary Werdesheim and his Master of Music degree from Temple University under the legendary Alan Abel. Mr. Deviney has been featured in a number of chamber settings and recitals including Tulane University, Temple University, Network for New Music, Atmos Percussion Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Series. In 2002, Mr. Deviney was a featured Clinic Presenter at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and has presented clinics for PAS Day of Percussion events in Louisiana, Florida and Pennsylvania. He has given masterclasses at Temple University and the Curtis Institute on the study of preparation for successful audition-taking. He has given professional coaching at the New World Symphony. In 2005, he received the Florida State University Dohnanyi Award for Excellence in Music Performance.
Mr. Deviney is a proud endorser of SABIAN cymbals, Pearl/Adams concert percussion, and Innovative Percussion mallets. He resides in Elkins Park, PA with his wife and daughter.