BFO Principal Percussion/Keyboard/Harp
Alex Wadner, Principal Timpani
HOMETOWN: St. Louis Park, MN
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Timpanist Alex Wadner was praised for his “accuracy and panache” (Miami Herald) and his “thunderous, ominous, and dramatic” performances (South Florida Classical Review) during his four year tenure as the Timpani Fellow at the New World Symphony from 2012 to 2016. He is a frequent guest timpanist and percussionist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a guest timpanist with the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), and the Malaysian Philharmonic.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Bachelor’s of Music in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2010, where he studied with John Tafoya and Gerald Carlyss. He earned his Master’s Degree in Timpani Performance with Honors under the tutelage of David Herbert and Jack Van Geem at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012.
BRITT HISTORY: Started in 2017
Tony Edwards, Principal Percussion
HOME ORCHESTRA: Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera and Texas Philharmonic
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M.E. from Henderson State University, M.M. from the University of Texas and a Professional Studies Certificate from Temple University.
BRITT HISTORY: Since 2001
James Chubet, Principal Keyboard
HOMETOWN: Boston, MA
Julia Coronelli, Principal Harp
HOMETOWN: Miami Beach, FL
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Born in Chicago, Illinois, Julia began playing the harp at the age of four. She has performed in many of the world's greatest halls, including Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Carnegie Hall (New York), Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo), Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK), Oriental Art Center (Shanghai), National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and National Concert Hall (Taipei). Recent performances include concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (U.K.), St. Louis Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, & Phoenix Symphony. She held the position of Principal Harpist of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach from 2014-2017. In 2019, Ms. Coronelli performed as Guest Principal Harp on The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Asia Tour, led by Maestro Riccardo Muti.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School, and a Bachelor’s of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
2020 BFO Percussion/Keyboard/Harp
Alex Wadner, Principal
Tony Edwards, Principal
James Chubet, Principal
Julia Coronelli, Principal
+ Orchestra Member for 20 or more years
* On leave