Raynor Carroll has been playing timpani and percussion for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since joining the orchestra in 1983. He has performed under such conductors as Carlo-Maria Giulini, Andre Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle and Zubin Mehta. Mr. Carroll has made numerous recordings with the Philharmonic on labels including Angel, Phillips, Sony, Sheffield Lab and Telarc, and performs regularly on the Philharmonic's New Music Group and Chamber Music series.
Mr. Carroll also records motion picture soundtracks for Hollywood studio composers such as Maurice Jarre, David Newman and Arthur Rubinstein. Film credits include Nick of Time, How to Make an American Quilt, A Walk in the Clouds, Shawshank Redemption, Geronimo, Jennifer Eight, Whispers in the Dark, School Ties, Only the Lonely, Double Impact, Almost an Angel, and Dead Poet's Society.
He received his B.A. degree in music composition and performance from California State University, Los Angeles where he studied with Mitchell Peters. In his senior year, Mr. Carroll was awarded outstanding composer/arranger.
In addition to his performing, Mr. Carroll is an active teacher/clinician on timpani and percussion. He currently teaches both privately and at California State University, Long Beach.