Rajesh Prasad

Rajesh Prasad joined the North Carolina Symphony in 2016 as Acting Assistant Principal Percussion. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Rajesh has previously held a percussion fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, in addition to a percussion position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has performed with many orchestras in the United States, including the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and the Columbus Symphony.

Rajesh earned his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, and a Master’s in Music as well as a Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers have included Michael Burritt, Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton, James Ross, and She-e Wu. Rajesh has spent summers performing in music festival orchestras such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland; the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina; and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. In addition to his position with the North Carolina Symphony, Rajesh spends his summers performing as Principal Percussionist with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and is also a percussionist in the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.