Paul Yancich has been principal timpanist of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1981. He first appeared as soloist with the Orchestra in 1990, performing the world premiere of James Oliverio's Timpani Concerto #1. Mr. Yancich has given master classes and recitals in the United States, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. His timpani and percussion students perform in more than 40 orchestras in the United States and abroad.


  • Early studies, Eastman School of Music (with William Street)
  • BA, Case Western Reserve University
  • BM, Cleveland Institute of Music (with Cloyd Duff and Richard Weiner)
  • Additional studies with William Cahn of the Rochester Philharmonic and Saul Goodman of the New York Philharmonic

Teaching Experience

  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    • 1981–present
  • Aspen Music Festival
    • Faculty member
  • Miami's New World Symphony
    • Regular clinician
  • Georgia State University
    • Former faculty member