Chris Turpin has been a member of the MSO Percussion section since 1981 and has held the role of Principal Timpanist since 1988. Chris began her musical training on the Piano, transferring to Percussion in High School. After a year at the University of Western Australia studying Percussion Performance she moved to the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne to complete her music degree. In 1992 Chris won an Australian Arts Council Grant to study in America.
As well as the MSO Chris has also played with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Kanazawa Orchestra. She has also performed on many soundtracks and recordings.
Have you ever coughed or sneezed at a performance?
Yes, I’ve coughed plenty of times, it’s embarrassing as you can’t get off the stage but at least I can still play while I am coughing
What is your greatest performance so far?
The original opening of Hamer Hall
What is your ideal classical music concert?
Candide Overture (Bernstein), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto and finish with Rite of Spring or Strauss