Nena Lorenz — Percussion
Nena Lorenz currently serves as Principal Percussionist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto. She joined the LPO in 2007 and has shared the stage with many world-renowned musicians and conductors. She grew up in the small town of Sikeston, Missouri, studying piano at the early age of four before beginning percussion and voice at age twelve.
In 2000, Nena received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at Eastern Illinois University, performing in various percussion and marimba chamber ensembles, under the direction of Johnny Lee Lane. She continued her performance studies at Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Masters of Music performance in 2002 and an Artist Diploma in 2006, studying with Timothy K. Adams, Jr., Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
While in Pittsburgh, she recorded the percussion chamber piece, “Makrokosmos III” (Music for a Summer’s Evening — 2006) and also appeared as a guest soloist at the International Percussion Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In addition to performing with the LPO, Nena serves as section percussionist in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Joseph Caballe Domenech. She also spends her summers playing percussion with the Central City Opera, a prestigious seven-week opera festival in Central City, Colorado.
In February 2012, Nena appeared as a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She was honored to perform the festive Concertino for Marimba, written in 1957 by Guatemalan composer Jorge Sarmientos.
While Nena is not performing on stage, she teaches percussion at Xavier University and is a percussion clinician in Southeastern Louisiana schools and universities. She loves hiking, biking, and yoga.