Prior to his appointment as Principal Percussionist of WASO, Brian began his percussion studies at age 11 and went on to acquire a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of retired Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Frank Epstein, followed by a Master of Music degree from Boston University under Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Timpanist Timothy Genis.
After the receipt of his Masters degree he began a period of study with Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins, during which time he was named a finalist for the positions of Principal Percussion with WASO as well as Principal Timpani with the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, just months apart.
Hailed as a “virtuosic” performer by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Brian was an active member of Boston classical music scene for a number of years, where he played with the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has also performed with orchestras throughout the United States such as the Oregon Symphony and the New World Symphony, and was awarded fellowships at a multitude of prestigious music festivals across America including the Aspen Music Festival, the Castleton Festival, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and the renowned Tanglewood Music Center.
In addition to his love for percussion Brian is a great outdoor enthusiast. Being a native of rural upstate New York has allowed him to acquire a number of outdoor hobbies such as camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking. When not playing percussion Brian engages in these activities as often as possible.
Principal Percussion Chair, Brian Maloney, is partnered by Stott Hoare