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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Erich Rieppel

Erich Rieppel

Principal Timpani
Dimitri Mitropoulos Chair

Erich Rieppel was appointed principal timpani of the Minnesota Orchestra in the Fall of 2018. Prior to that, he held the same title at New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas in Miami Beach, Florida. Rieppel has performed as principal timpani with the Seattle Symphony, Detroit Symphony and New Jersey Symphony, among others. He has held the posts of associate timpani of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, substitute timpani with the Louisville Orchestra and Charleston Symphony, and principal timpani of the Terre Haute Symphony and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Rieppel has experience in arts administration, college teaching, music librarianship and conducting. He attended Indiana University for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees where he studied a variety of percussion with John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro. He has also studied with Josef Gumpinger, David Herbert, Ed Stephan, Shannon Wood, Tom Freer and many others. A native of Minneapolis, Rieppel grew up near Marshall, Minnesota. In his free time, he plays hockey.