Assistant Principal Timpani / Section Percussion
Bryce Leafman joins the San Francisco Symphony as Assistant Principal Timpani/Section Percussion during the 2020–21 season. Previously, he was Principal Percussion of the Billings Symphony Orchestra during the 2019–20 season, and he has performed with the Omaha, Berkeley, Marin, and New World symphonies; the Boston Philharmonic; and Symphony New Hampshire. In 2017 he was the first percussionist to win a solo concerto competition at the Aspen Music Festival, and he returned to the Aspen Music Festival in 2019 as the Charles Owen Memorial Percussion Fellow. Passionate about new music, Leafman has performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, and in recital with Orli Shaham, Béla Fleck, Susan Grace, and John Novacek, among others. A proponent of community engagement and an avid educator, Leafman was a recipient of New England Conservatory’s Community Performances and Partnerships Program’s Individual Fellowship from 2012 through 2016, served as the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Percussion Manager from 2016 to 2018, and he received the San Francisco Conservatory’s Conservatory in the Schools Fellowship from 2018–19. He holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from New England Conservatory, Master of Music from Boston University, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.