Praised by the San Diego Union-Tribune for showing “a remarkable degree of both subtlety and insistence. He has an uncanny sense of when to power forward...and when to hold back,” Ryan J. DiLisi was appointed Principal Timpanist of the San Diego Symphony in October 2010. Prior to joining the San Diego Symphony, Mr. DiLisi held the positions of Principal Timpanist of Symphony in C and Assistant Timpanist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Additional highlights include appearing as a timpanist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and a percussionist with the New World Symphony.
Mr. DiLisi’s musicality and dramatic style have shaped him into an exciting soloist. At the age of 17, Mr. DiLisi won the Albert M. Greenfield Competition, soloing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed as a timpani soloist with the New England Conservatory Percussion and Wind Ensembles and the San Diego State University Wind Ensemble. A Native of Southern New Jersey, Mr. DiLisi began his formal studies with Don Liuzzi, Principal Timpanist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. DiLisi earned his Bachelor of Music degree, studying under Will Hudgins of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from the New England Conservatory of Music. Following his roots, Mr. DiLisi returned to the Philadelphia area to earn his Masters of Music degree from the Boyer College of Music at Temple University, under the mentorship of Alan Abel and Angela Nelson, both Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists.
Based in Southern California, James Beauton is a percussionist who specializes in experimental music from the last century. Beauton performs regularly as a soloist in Los Angeles for the Music@MiMoDa and Brilliant Strings concerts series, performing works of composers Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Philippe Manoury, Franco Donatoni and Brian Ferneyhough. He has also performed in Monday Evening Concerts and the unSung Music Festival.
Beauton is a member of the ensemble Tala Rasa, a percussion trio dedicated to the commissioning and performance of new music. Tala Rasa has premiered works by composers G.N. Gianopoulos, Andrea Mazzariello, Wally Gunn, Michael Laurello and Thomas Childs. He has also performed with ensembles such as red fish blue fish, the Santa Monica Symphony, the Nova Ensemble and has been featured as a soloist with the ensembles Renga, the Contemporary Chamber Players and the Michigan State University Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.
Pursuing his passion for percussion pedagogy and music education, Beauton joined the teaching artist roster at the innovative Music Vault Academy in 2014. This dynamic and multifaceted music school, recording studio and concert venue also hosts and produces the music series Concerts@theVault. As Artistic Director of this series, Beauton manages these events that provide live music to the community of South Orange County, often featuring artists from Los Angeles and San Diego.
Beauton holds a faculty position at San Diego State University as a dance accompanist and works toward his Doctorate of Musical Arts at UC San Diego. He has earned degrees from SUNY Stony Brook (Master of Music) and Michigan State University (Bachelor of Music). Beauton is a Vic Firth and Yamaha Performing Artist.