Principal timpanist of Orchestre Philharmonique de
Radio France since 2003
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
My thoughts about being a timpanist
Timpani is the ultimate orchestral instrument, by
nature best heard in an ensemble setting. I find great
satisfaction in orchestral playing where interaction
is key and best represents to me what live music is
Also, being exposed to some of the greatest works
of art ever created on a daily basis is a privilege
and responsibility that I am honored to uphold.
Born in 1983, Adrien Perruchon started his musical
training with the piano before going on to play the
bassoon and then percussion. He studied at the Annecy
Conservatory with Christophe Torion, and at the Paris
Regional Conservatory with Frederic Macarez and Eric
Sammut. He then attended the Royal Academy of Music
in London with Neil Percy and Kurt Hans Goedicke as
A regular guest orchestral player across borders,
he is also very active in the early music field, performing
with groups such as the Gabrieli Players, Les Musiciens
du Louvre, and is a member of Quartet KU percussion
group and the Paris-based orchestra Les Siècles.
Appointed in 2003 Principal Timpanist of the Radio
France Philharmonic Orchestra, he holds the same position
in the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hardtke Berlin Classic with classic heavier bowls.
Five sizes in cm: 81-74-65-62 and 58 (32" 29" 25 ½"
24 ½" and 23")
Why I play the Hardtke Timpani
When looking for new instruments I tried, both isolated
and "on the job", a great number of instruments from
various makers and manufacturers, having in mind a certain
idea of this "central European" timpani sound. Wolfgang
Hardtke's timpani most convincingly recall the original
Ringer timpani with superior craftsmanship and exceptional
sound colour, range and projection.
These instruments perfectly fit the large orchestral
setting from the romantic era to the most recent compositions.
Helmut Rosenthal, Akihiro Kato, Jens-Peter Kappert,
Helmut Funke, 4timp, Kurt-Hans Goedicke…
Kalfo Super Timpani-