Kenneth McGrath regularly performs with many of Southern California’s leading ensembles. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has toured throughout Europe and North America and has contributed to many recordings and broadcasts including John Adam’s Naïve and Sentimental Music (world premiere), Le Sacre du Printemps and Gustavo Dudamel-Los Angeles Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert. He also appears frequently with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific and San Diego symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. McGrath serves as section percussionist with the New West Symphony. In addition, McGrath has performed with many touring dance companies including American Ballet Theater and the Bolshoi and San Francisco Ballet. He has also played on productions of Wicked, Curtains, The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera.
A new music enthusiast, McGrath has performed in numerous world and US premieres and has been a regular guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, performing concerts at Lincoln Center, the Ojai Music Festival and the Green Umbrella series. He frequently appears as percussionist with the Jacaranda concert series. In 2008, he commissioned, performed and recorded William Kraft’s Encounters XIII: Concertino for Percussion & Woodwind Quintet as part of Southwest Chamber Music’s exploration of Kraft’s Encounters compositions.
McGrath is also an active educator, currently teaching both privately and as an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Fullerton. He has also taught at Pepperdine University and Pasadena City College. McGrath received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles and Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.