Carl Rendek

Principal Timpani
Kenneth and Ann Hicks Murrah Principal Timpani Chair

Member since: 1993
Hometown: Schenectady, NY
Hobbies/Interests: Putting together concert productions in creative ways and coming in under budget, and watching professional tennis.

Music has always been my life. I have never done anything else… Ringo Starr started it with the Beatles and then I was fortunate enough in elementary school and beyond to have great teachers and opportunities to learn and explore music.

Carl Rendek attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he was a scholarship student of Walter Rosenberger and Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic. He was also a scholarship student of Charles Owen at the Aspen Music Festival. He studied jazz vibraphone with David Friedman.

Carl was a member of the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the predecessor of the Orlando Philharmonic, from 1975 to 1993. He served in a dual capacity with the Orlando Philharmonic, acting as both Principal Timpani and Production Manager. He was also the Production Manager for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Carl is a professional freelance musician in the Central Florida area and has appeared with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Palm Beach Pops, and Brevard Symphony Orchestra. He was also Vic Damone’s percussionist on his tour of the southeastern United States. Carl performs regularly as a member of the marimba ensemble Woodworks.