Denis Petrunin

Dr. Denis Petrunin

Instructor of Percussion
Fine Arts Center


Dr. Petrunin has appeared at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and other prestigious concert halls in the United States, Russia, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, England, France, Holland, Greece and Spain.

Denis made his Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory debut performance at the age of 10.  He is frequently invited to teach masterclasses around the world and has been serving on various jury panels including the Italy Percussive Arts Society International Competition in Italy and the Drumwave International Festival-Competition in Russia.

Mr. Petrunin has recently joined the faculty roster of the Curtis Institute of Music’s Mentor Network online learning program. His performances have been broadcast on WHYY radio (Philadelphia, PA). His awards include the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, PASIC 2009 Chamber Competition Winner, and the Spivakov Foundation Scholarship. He has been featured in international publications, including the Percussive Arts Society Rhythm! Sceneand The Strad magazine. As a soloist, Dr. Petrunin has appeared with Moscow State Symphony, The Seasons, Gnessin Virtuosi, Aiken Civic, Main Line Symphony Orchestras, and ARCO Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Petrunin has been the Principal Timpanist with the Augusta Symphony since 2017. He also frequently performs with the Atlanta Symphony, Venice Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic,  and Charleston Symphony. Denis held the position of Co-Principal Timpanist of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia. He was also the Principal Timpanist/Percussionist of The Moscow Chamber Opera Theatre and the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre.

A large part of Denis’s music career is dedicated to the ViMaDeAn Duo founded in 2010 with his wife, violinist Anastasia Petrunina. Striving to expand the repertoire for violin and percussion, ViMaDeAn Duo have commissioned over 20 pieces of music. Their recent activities involve teaching at the Music and Mindfulness Camp alongside members of the National Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as presenting a master class at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music.

Denis holds degrees from the Gnessins School of Music, the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and University of Georgia. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth sticks and Zildjian cymbals.



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