Kansas City native Kevin Watkins joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s percussion section in 1999. He was featured with section colleagues in performances of Carmen Suite, an orchestration by Shchedrin of themes from Bizet’s Carmen, in May 2008, and of Russell Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur in October 2009. He has performed chamber music at several Orchestra concerts, and in January 2009 he and Sam Bergman performed Michael Colgrass’ Variations for Four Drums and Viola on the Orchestra’s Chamber Music at MacPhail series.
Prior to joining the Orchestra, Watkins was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony.
Watkins earned a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from Cleveland State University. He was a student of Tom Freer and Michael Rosen. In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing golf and preparing Kansas City-style barbeque.