Ralph Sorrentino
Principal

Ralph Sorrentino serves as Principal Percussionist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Principal Percussionist with Opera Philadelphia, and Section Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. He performs as a substitute percussionist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has performed under the batons of many of the world’s great conductors (Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Kirill Petrenko, Jaap van Zweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Michael Tilson Thomas) in many of the world’s great concert halls (Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival and the Bravo! Vail Festival). Ralph has also performed with the Russian National Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, Orchestra 2001, and the New World, Delaware, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Kennett and Reading Symphonies. Ralph has performed for several world leaders and dignitaries, including HRH Prince Charles and Pope Francis. Ralph, along with flutist Sophia Anastasia, is a founding member of Electrum Duo. The Duo’s November 2008 New York City debut at Bargemusic was favorably reviewed in the December 1, 2008 edition of The New York Times. Electrum Duo has presented recitals in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. Both of Electrum Duo’s albums, introductions and Thoughts, are available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Ralph’s debut solo percussion album, multiplicity, was released in October 2014 and is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. Ralph has recorded percussion tracks for NFL Films, including music that has been heard on the national television broadcasts of Super Bowls XL through LI, and he has recorded for Ondine Records, Telarc, Bridge Records, and Innova Recordings.

Ralph teaches applied percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at West Chester University, where he holds the rank of Instructor of Percussion. Ralph has presented clinics and masterclasses at a number of colleges and universities, and he served as a panelist for the final round of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2013 Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition. Ralph holds an M.M. in Orchestral Performance from Temple University, as well as a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University. Ralph is an artist endorser for SABIAN cymbals.