Kevin Watkins has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra percussion section since 1999. Prior to joining Minnesota, Watkins was member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for two seasons. Recently, Watkins has been serving as Acting Associate Principal Timpanist in Minnesota and guest instructing at the Peabody Conservatory. A native of Kansas City, he studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Michael Rosen, and then at Cleveland State University with Tom Freer.
Throughout his career he has also performed and recorded with many other orchestras including The Philharmonia, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. For several summers now, he has been performing as timpanist at the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Watkins’s hobbies include golfing, running, fishing, and preparing Kansas City style barbecue on his CS-680 wood pellet smoker. He and his wife, Kathryn Bennett, recently welcomed the addition of their first child, Dylan, to their family.