Bryce Leafman is a Bay Area percussionist, timpanist, and avid educator. He currently holds the position of principal percussionist with the Billings Symphony Orchestra and has performed across the country with orchestras including the San Francisco, Omaha, Berkeley, Marin, and New World symphonies, the Boston Philharmonic, and Symphony New Hampshire, to name a few. Bryce is equally at home playing chamber and contemporary music, having performed with groups such as the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and the Empyrean Ensemble and in recital with Orli Shaham, Bela Fleck, Susan Grace, and Jon Novacek, among others. Additionally, Bryce has attended the Aspen, Brevard, and Colorado College summer music festivals. In 2017, Bryce was the first percussionist to win a solo concerto competition at the Aspen Music Festival, and he returned to Aspen in 2019 as the Charles Owen Memorial Percussion Fellow.

Passionate about teaching, Bryce has been awarded teaching fellowships at the New England Conservatory, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (with whom he toured Germany), and the Aspen Music Festival. Bryce has also taught for the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Bryce holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors from New England Conservatory, a Master of Music from Boston University, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His main teachers include Edward Stephan and Jacob Nissly of the San Francisco Symphony and Tim Genis, Daniel Bauch, and Kyle Brightwell of the Boston Symphony. A native of Agoura Hills, California, Bryce also loves reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

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