Matthew Kibortline


Matthew Kibort is currently the Principal Timpanist of the New World Symphony. He is also the Principal Timpanist of The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra. Prior moving to Miami Beach, Mr. Kibort worked in Chicago, his hometown, as an active performer and educator. While there, he was a regular substitute timpanist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and previously held the position of Principal Timpanist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Mr. Kibort has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony and Grand Rapids Symphony. During the summers, he has been the timpani fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra and a percussion fellow at the Texas Music Festival. He has also been a guest timpanist with the South Bend Symphony, Rockford Symphony and Southwest Michigan Symphony.

As an educator, Mr. Kibort has a private lesson studio and has taught at The New Music School, People’s Music School, Merit School of Music, and was a percussion ensemble instructor at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Illinois.

Mr. Kibort has received his bachelor of music degree from Roosevelt University, where he studied with Vadim Karpinos and Edward Harrison. He has also studied at DePaul University with NWS alumni David Herbert and Eric Millstein.