Michael Pape is a versatile musician who has made a career as a symphonic percussionist and timpanist. Prior to his current position with the Utah Symphony, Mr. Pape performed with the Fort Wayne (IN) Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra including on several national and international tours and recordings. He has also has held positions with the Canton (OH) Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed and recorded with the Chicago Symphony and has also performed with the New World Symphony (FL), Pittsburgh Opera, Mendelssohn Choir, and the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh.
In 2004, Michael was the winner of the 1st prize at the International Snare Drum Competition in Paris, France. He also received the best interpretation prize for his performance of ‘Breakaway’ by Tim Adams. In 2005, he was invited by Frederic Macarez to perform a solo recital at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.
Michael received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. His principal teachers are Timothy K. Adams, and Paul Evans. Michael has also studied with Chris Deviney, John Soroka, Andy Reamer, and Chris Allen.