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Last modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2008

IU’s David Constantine receives awards at International Timpani Competition

Jan. 22, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- IU Jacobs School of Music student David Constantine was recently awarded second place at the Rendez-vous Internationaux de la Timbale (2nd International Timpani Competition of Lyon) in Lyon, France.

David Constantine

David Constantine

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Constantine also received the "audience's choice" prize and the prize for the best interpretation of an imposed work, entitled Gesanglos II by Gilles Schuehmacher.

Constantine is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music degree in percussion performance under the guidance of Professors John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo and Steve Houghton at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Constantine holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance, with honors, from the University of Oregon, under the guidance of Professor Charles Dowd.

Constantine also currently serves as principal timpanist for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Owensboro Philharmonic, Camerata Orchestra, and is an active recitalist and clinician.

Constantine has performed throughout Western Europe, and the United States as a soloist, and under the batons of Marin Alsop, Sylvain Frémaux, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Bowden, Giancarlo Guerrero, James Paul, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin and Gerhardt Zimmerman. He co-founded the APEX Percussion Duo, which has been performing in the Midwest states since its inception in 2006.

As an educator, Constantine is an associate instructor of percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and caption head of marching percussion at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. He regularly teaches percussion camps and master classes at high schools in Oregon and Indiana. Constantine is also an invited clinician at public schools and universities.

More information on this timpani competition can be found at:

The list of prize winners may be found online by clicking on "THE PRIZE LIST" link (top center) at:



Marinus Komst (Holland)
Principal Timpani, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Professor, Amsterdam Conservatoire

Serge Baudo (France)

Heinz Holliger (Switzerland)

Michel Bequet (France)
Trombonist, international soloist
Professor, National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon.

Raymond Curfs (Holland)
Principal Timpani, Munich Staatsoper Orchestra
Professor, Hochschule in Munich

David Herbert (U.S.)
Principal Timpani, San Francisco Symphony

Gerard Perotin (France)
Solo percussionist and timpanist, Lyon, France

David Searcy (U.S.)
Former Principal Timpanist, Scala of Milano
Instructor, Royal Academy of Music, London

Gideon Steiner (Israel)
Former Principal Timpani, Philharmonic Orchestra of Israel


Top prize winner, 2nd place (no 1st place awarded)
4500 euros offered by Spedidam
Best interpretation of imposed piece in the 2nd round
1000 euros offered by Yamaha Music France
Special 'audience choice' award
1000 euros offered by Premier

Artist endorsement offer
Pearl/Adams Percussion

Equipment prize -- tambourine
Lefima Percussion