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Kenneth Simpson, a native of Ottawa, obtained a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Ottawa in 1985 under the guidance of Ian Bernard, Timpanist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Further study continued over a long period with renowned teacher/performer Pierre Beluse of McGill University in Montreal.
As a student, Mr. Simpson won the prestigious NACO Bursary Award in 1983, as well as the Isobel Firestone Scholarship at the University of Ottawa in 1984.
Presently Mr. Simpson is engaged as Percussionist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Principal Percussion of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and as Professor of Percussion at the University of Ottawa.
Also very active in chamber music, Kenneth has made several appearances on the NAC's Music for a Sunday Afternoon, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Espace Musique and is a member of the Capital Brass Works.
Through the NAC, Mr. Simpson is very involved with Music in the Schools as part of the Percussion Duo "Bangers and Smash" and as clinician. He is also an endorser for Zildjian Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks, both in Boston, Mass.
Kenneth enjoys living in Ottawa with his wife Elizabeth and two wonderful daughters Olivia and Veronica.
Visit the NAC Orchestra and Friends percussion interviews page to watch and listen to Kenneth talk about and demonstrate percussion instruments!