Shaun joined the Phoenix Symphony 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 and a consistent finalist of the New World Symphony.
Mr. Tilburg’s previous position was as the Principal Percussionist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he played from 2007 until 2011. It was in Hong Kong that Shaun met his future wife, Madoka Suzuki. The pair moved back to the United States in the summer of 2011, and were married on a balcony overlooking Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
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.
In his spare time, Shaun enjoys playing with his dogs (Dmitri and Hana), reading unnecessarily dense literature, and yelling at the TV during football games (and futbol matches).
Shaun has given master classes at the AZ Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, and has also given classes in many universities across Asia. He joined the percussion faculty at Arizona State University in September of 2014. Shaun is currently endorsed by the good people of Zildjian, Vic Firth and Grover Pro Percussion.