Markus Rhoten joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Timpani, The Carlos Moseley Chair, in September 2006. Prior to this appointment he was the principal timpanist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, led by Eliahu Inbal.
Born in 1978 in Hanover, Germany, Mr. Rhoten attended the College of Arts in Berlin, and continued his studies as an apprentice with the National Opera Orchestra Mannheim. Subsequently, he was awarded a stipend for the Academy of the Bavarian Symphony Radio Orchestra in Munich, and in 2002 became principal timpanist of that ensemble.
He has also worked with conductors Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Charles Dutoit, among others. Mr. Rhoten has performed with the Hessen Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Opera Orchestra, North German Radio Philharmonic, Lower Saxony Staatsoper Orchestra, and Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.