Shaun joined the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as Principal Percussion in November of 2013. He began his studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. Shaun went on to complete a Master’s degree at the University of Houston, and received an Artist Diploma from DePaul University in Chicago. His teachers included Ted Atkatz, Brian Del Signore, She-e Wu, James Ross and Richard Brown. While in school, Shaun was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Mr. Tilburg’s previous position was as the Principal Percussionist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he played from 2007 until 2011.
Shaun has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, Houston Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and San Antonio Symphony. He has received fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertoire Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Opera of the Ozarks and Music Academy of the West.
Shaun has given master classes at the AZ Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, and in many universities across Asia. He joined the percussion faculty of Arizona State University in September of 2014. His method book, The Regimen, has received high acclaim and is currently in circulation across twelve countries.
Mr. Tilburg is currently endorsed by the good people of Avedis Zildjian, Black Swamp Percussion and the Vic Firth Company.