Percussionist Craig McNutt serves as Principal Timpanist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Emmanuel Music. He performs extensively throughout New England with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops and Pops Esplanade Orchestras, the Boston Ballet, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and the Cantata Singers and Ensemble, as well as the period instrument ensembles Boston Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society. An advocate of contemporary music, Mr. McNutt also performs with Collage New Music, Dinosaur Annex, and ALEA III, all ensembles dedicated to the performance of new music.
McNutt was twice a fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and has performed for four seasons at the internationally renowned Newport Music Festival. He has recorded for Telarc, Koch Classics, Albany, Chandos, Crystal, Naxos, and Opus One.
In the summer of 1997, McNutt served as Principal Percussionist in the Peter Sellars/Craig Smith production of Kurt Weill/J.S. Bach: Conversations Between Hope and Fear after Death, which was presented in Paris and Frankfurt. In May 2000 he toured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Messiaen’s Turangalila in Cologne and Paris. He also took part in a performance of a 300-member orchestra at the Eiffel Tower featuring tenor Andrea Bocelli. In the summer of 2000, Craig returned to Tanglewood to perform Boulez’s Sur Incises, a performance applauded by the Boston Globe as “simply beyond praise.” The following year he was timpani soloist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic for Russell Peck’s timpani concerto Harmonic Rhythm. In June of 2005 he participated in the North American Premiere of Peter Eotvos’s opera Angels in America.
McNutt holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music where he studied with Alexander Lepak, and Yale University, where he was a student of Gordon Gottlieb. He has also studied with Paul Yancich and the late Cloyd Duff, both timpanists of the Cleveland Orchestra. Craig pursued studies toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at New England Conservatory, working with Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Frank Epstein.