John Kinzie is the principal percussionist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1985. Prior to his appointment with the CSO, Kinzie was principal percussionist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, a position he won at the age of 19. Kinzie is currently the director of percussion studies of the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He teaches percussion and timpani performance as well as percussion ensemble, master classes, and percussion pedagogy and repertoire.
Kinzie has been a featured soloist with the Toledo Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Yale School of Music, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, most recently performing the premiere recording of Libby Larsen's Marimba Concerto: After Hampton and performing Martin Bresnick's Grace, a double marimba concerto with Robert Van Sice.