Born in Madrid, Spain, timpanist Ken Dean has lived in Albuquerque since the age of five. He began playing timpani in junior high school and joined the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra at age eighteen. He attended the University of New Mexico, studying percussion with Robyn Shulkowski. This is Ken’s fifteenth year with The Santa Fe Symphony; he also plays with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Ken’s other interests include marksmanship, tennis, astronomy, and history.