Mitchell Peters joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1969 where he is currently principal timpanist and percussionist. Prior to his appointment, he was principal percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has performed on numerous recordings with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony, and has made various appearances on motion picture and television soundtracks. He is also a member of the Philharmonic New Music Group and has recorded a wide array of contemporary works as a chamber musician.
Mr. Peters holds the Performer's Certificate and bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with William Street. While at Eastman, he was a member of the original "Marimba Masters." Upon graduation, he served as timpanist with the 7th U.S. Army Symphony Orchestra.
As a widely published author and composer, Mr. Peter's works and instructional materials are highly regarded throughout the United States and abroad. He currently owns and operates a music publishing company that handles percussion works exclusively. His faculty positions include the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and UCLA, where he teaches percussion and conducts the percussion ensemble.