A native Bostonian, Salvatore (Sal) Rabbio began his musical studies at age 13. He then went on to attend Boston University School of Music and studied with Charles Smith, a member of the Boston Symphony. As a student, he performed in the American premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, conducted by the composer. He was also a member of the Boston Percussion Ensemble, conducted by its founder, Harold Farberman. After winning the Boston University Concerto Competition, he was chosen as Timpanist with the Boston Pops. He later toured with that orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. In 1958, Rabbio accepted the position of Principal Timpanist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until his retirement in 1998. During his 40-year tenure, he performed under many of the world’s greatest conductors. While a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he recorded on the Mercury, London, Columbia, RCA and Chandos labels. In addition, Mr. Rabbio taught timpani/percussion at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, and at The Boston Conservatory. He is proud that many of his students are now employed by major symphonies and universities throughout the world. Mr. Rabbio was recently awarded the Boston University College of Fine Arts, School of Music, Distinguished Alumni Award.
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