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Marc Damoulakis

Marc Damoulakis Photograph by Roger Mastroianni

Principal Percussion
Margaret Allen Ireland Endowed Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra

Marc Damoulakis joined The Cleveland Orchestra in August 2006 and was appointed to the principal percussion chair in 2013.  He is currently a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and DePaul University in Chicago.  Mr. Damoulakis also holds the title of principal percussionist of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and will be featured as a soloist during their 2017 season.  He regularly performs as an artist with ChamberFest Cleveland.  Other recent and upcoming guest appearances include performing the Bartók Sonata for two pianos and percussion at the 2016 Gilmore Festival.

Throughout his career, Mr. Damoulakis has performed and recorded as a guest artist, including engagements with the Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kirov Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  He has also played with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New Music Consort, and the Pulse Percussion Ensemble.  In addition, he is a founding member of the Time Table Percussion Quartet.  In 2015, he performed and recorded with the National Brass Ensemble at Skywalker Ranch in California and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.  

As a teacher, Marc Damoulakis has led masterclasses and clinics throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  Recent journeys have included a multiple-day clinic at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and a week-long teaching residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Additionally, Marc is a judge of the annual Modern Snare Drum Competition.

Prior to coming to Cleveland, Mr. Damoulakis resided in New York for three years, where he performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel (2003-2006), served as principal timpanist of the Long Island Philharmonic (1998-2006), and held the position of assistant principal percussion of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006). He performed as an active freelancer in New York, including playing on Broadway in the orchestra for Phantom of the Opera.

As a collaborative three-year project, he developed the K symphonic line of cymbals with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, instruments that are an important part of his sound collection with The Cleveland Orchestra.

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Marc Damoulakis was exposed to music at a young age by his parents, who were educators and musicians, in piano and tuba respectively.  He spent four summers at Tanglewood, in additionto  attending the Spoleto Festival and Pacific Music Festival.  Marc Damoulakis holds an undergraduate bachelor’s  degree in percussion performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Chris Lamb (New York Philharmonic), Duncan Patton (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), and the late James Preiss (Steve Reich Ensemble.)  He continued his studies in the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas for four years (1999-2003.)

Marc and his wife, Samantha, reside in Cleveland Heights with their son, George, and their dog, Rocky.

Updated:  July 2016