John Kapenekas

John Kapenekas has been principal Timpanist with the Swedish Royal Opera since 1995. Prior to this, he was a percussionist with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach Florida.

He attended Kent State University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio for his musical education and has studied with Donald Miller, Paul Yancich, Richard Weiner, and Cloyd Duff(dec.), all current or retired members of the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition John has over 30 years of experience in repair, restoration, design and development of all types of percussion instruments.

He maintains a small instrument repair workshop in Stockholm where percussionist can visit and learn about instrument care. John has also taught percussionist and Timpanist privately for many years and has helped many players to successfully audition for orchestra jobs and schools in Norway and Sweden.