Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussion Charles Settle joined the TSO in 2017. He was previously a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2017, and had been serving as acting Principal Percussion since 2015. During the 2008/09 season, Charles took a one-year leave of absence from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and joined the New York Philharmonic as Percussion and Assistant Principal Timpanist. While in New York, he also performed with the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra during their residency in Carnegie Hall of the complete Mahler Symphonies under the baton of Pierre Boulez. From 2000 to 2004, Charles was a member of the New World Symphony. He has also performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. Charles made his début solo appearance in September 2015 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, performing Avner Dorman’s concerto Spices, Perfumes and Toxins with Robert Spano conducting.
Charles was born in Princeton, Kentucky, where his love of music began. He continued his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music.
Charles serves as an Artist and Clinician for Zildjian Cymbals, Freer Percussion, and Pearl/Adams Drums.
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