The World Percussion Group

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Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)

Composer-in-Residence 2020

What are the benefits of being selected as WPG Composer-in-Residence 2020?

*Audition dates are listed on homepage.

Providing a platform to showcase musicians has always been at the heart of WPG's ethos. Since forming the World Percussion Group in 2015, the group has traveled some 30k miles, visited over 30 University departments and delivered masterclasses, clinics and performances on a truly global scale. The WPG is constantly looking to evolve its offering and are delighted to announce one of the World's finest opportunities for composers of Percussion Music...Introducing WPG 2020 Composer-in-Residence!

The selected WPG Composer-in-Residence 2020 will be asked to write a brand new commission to be premiered on the WPG 2020 tour. A perfect platform for your music to be showcased on an International level.   This year, the selected composer will be featured at the Royal College of Music, London, Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Leeds College of Music and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
  • You will be asked to write a brand new composition for WPG to be premiered at the prestigious 2020 tour.
  • The selected Composer-in-Residence will be invited with a full scholarship to tour with the WPG to the UK, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Estonia and Germany. The group will travel by Cruise Ship (P&O Azura) in the Fall 2020. See tour schedule for dates. We recognise that some composers have busy lifestyles an are potentially unable to travel with us. Therefore a secondary option of $1500 commission fee is available.
  • Your piece will be rehearsed in open workshops with the WPG where you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside, take on board feedback and network with some of the World's finest young Percussionists.
  • The specially commissioned piece will be featured on all Social Media that the WPG currently hosts. Since 2016 through various streams of social media (Sabian, IP, REMO, Marimba One, Pearl, Tapspace, ClassicFM), the group received over 2 million views and 4k shares worldwide.
  • The opportunity to showcase your compositions at multiple venues around Europe. The perfect opportunity to raise awareness of your compositions amongst students within various Music Conservatoires.
  • Written feedback from an award winning Jury of 16 Percussionists, (Past WPG members) on how you can further develop your compositional style.
  • A Live recording of the World Premiere performance.
  • WPG hosts an ever-growing roster of artists from all over the Globe. Many artists have gone on to perform Internationally, demonstrate success in International Music competitions and be active in a diverse field of musical settings. The WPG presents opportunities for the selected composer to collaborate with these artists in the future. Please see WPG 2019 Review to view past WPG Artists.
  • Artistic Director and Maraca2 member Tim Palmer has visited over 60 Universities and Conservatoires Worldwide. The winner will have opportunities to promote their music to professors and schools that have been associated with him over the past 15 years.

What are the benefits of an unsuccessful application?

We are committed to adding value to all composers, both successful and unsuccessful in their applications.  As a result the following benefits are available.
  • You will be offered written feedback from a selected WPG Jury (16 WPG past Artists) on how you can develop your compositional style and percussion writing.
  • Composers will have exclusive access to WPG 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020 performance and clinic videos. There is over 40 hours of top class educational material which will aid you in your knowledge of percussion and writing.

If you wish to apply for Composer-in-Residence then you will need to submit PDF scores of a sample of your compositions (At least one must involve Percussion), Mp3's, videos, midi files and any supporting materials you feel support your application. Please limit your scores and audio/video clips to 15 minutes total.

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WPG 2020 Composer-in-Residence Jury:

Caleb Pickering (USA), Bryce Turner (USA), Ksenija Komljenovic (Serbia), Cameron Leach (USA), Lindsey Eastham (USA), Sam Chan (Hong Kong), Konstantyn Napolov (Ukraine), Borja Sarrion Carbonell (Spain), Paul Chambers (USA), Gonzalo Mier (Mexico) Gloria Yehilevsky (USA) Chase Banks (USA), Heigo Rosin (Estonia), Yves Popow (Luxembourg), Jaime Esposito (USA).

Caleb Pickering (USA) - Leader Selection Committee
WPG 2019 Composer-In-Residence, Winner

Caleb Pickering (b. 1990) is currently adjunct instructor of percussion at James Madison University. Caleb is a frequently requested guest artist, composer, and clinician, and his works are regularly performed internationally. He was the 2019 composer-in-residence for the World Percussion Group, directed by renowned percussion duo Maraca2, premiering his quartet 'Powder Keg' at the Bridgewater Concert Hall in the UK.

Caleb receives regular commissions from universities and professional ensembles throughout the US and abroad, as well as numerous commissions from individuals. Caleb was a part of the 2017 Heartland Marimba Festival commissioning project for new educational marimba quartets, and was also the runner-up of the HMF 2015 call for marimba trios competition with his piece 'Bloodworks'. Caleb has been a frequent performer in the Dallas-Fort Worth & Las Vegas areas, and was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Italy Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Competition in Pescara, Italy.

Caleb is currently ABD in his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at James Madison University, and received his M.M. in Music Performance from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his B.S in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Sam Chan (Hong Kong)
(WPG 2017 Co-Principal)

Garnering international acclaim, Samuel Chan is establishing himself as a mature and versatile percussionist with frequent performances accross United States, Europe and Asia. He is a top prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Percussion, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg, Great Plains Marimba, and Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year Competitions.

Samuel’s performance highlight includes performing as co-principal with the World Percussion Group, as soloist with the Houston Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, premiering concerto and chamber work by Avner Dorman and Esa-Pekka Salonen, appearance at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, David Geffen Hall, Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), KKL Lucerne, Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Walt Disney Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, First Monday Chamber Music Series, Focus! Festival, as well as presenting clinics at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Danish Royal Academy of Music, and Norwegian Academy of Music.

An avid orchestral musician, Samuel performs regularly and toured with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and at music festivals including the Lucerne, Edinburg, and Pacific Music Festival. He has been the percussionist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra since 2018. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Samuel is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Colburn School. He has previously studied at New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School.

Konstantyn Napolov (Netherlands / Ukraine)
(WPG 2016 Co-Principal)

Konstantyn Napolov was born in Odessa (Ukraine) in 1987. Here he received his first music lesson at the age of six and won his first young talent competition at the age of eight. Graduated from the legendary Stolyarsky school in class of Vladimir Leonov in 2005. The same year Konstantyn begins to study at the National Music Academy in Kiev and graduates in 2009 with Master’s Degree in Percussion and Orchestral Conducting. During this period Konstantyn won twelve national and international competitions, was coprincipal percussionist at The National Philharmonic of Ukraine. Upon completion his studies in Ukraine he was accepted to study at The Royal Conservatory of The Hague in class of Fedor Teunisse and Luuk Nagtegaal. Studying at the Royal Conservatory brought a lot of new experiences and opened a new page in his life. Very soon he formed and organized a trio “Davai Perkusion”.

Just in a few years of existing they have reached the finals at Kamermuziek Concours Almere, IPC Luxembourg and won the first prises at the “Oh,Oh Intro” – popfestival The Hague and Grachtenfestival Concours at The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and many other prises have followed. In 2014 Konstantyn participated in the Erasmus study exchange program. He went to the Conservatoire de Strasbourg to study with Emmanuel Séjourné. In France he spent two years tirelessly preparing for the future percussion soloist recognition. This new grounding and sophistication in style and technique helped the accomplished soloist to win several prizes and take part in prestigious world-wide renowned competitions, such as: ARD Musikwettbewerb München (Germany), Tromp IMC Eindhoven, Dutch Classical Talent. Konstantyn was nominated for the “Artist in Residence” of the NJO Muziekzommer, “Grachtenfestivalprijs” and “Artist in Residence Grachtenfestival Amsterdam”. In March 2015 he won two 1st Prizes at the International Music competition in Belgrade (Serbia) and later this year Konstantyn recieves the concert marimba Adams from Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument. As a result, in 2016 Konstantyn was granted the prestigious Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prijs which includes €15.000,-. During the summer of 2015 Konstantyn received an invitation to participate in the masterclasses at the well-known “Chosen Vale” in the USA, for which he was granted Colin Currie scholarship. It also included masterclasses at New York's “The Juilliard School” and at the Boston Conservatory.

By the winter of 2016 Konstantyn won the principal position at "The World Percussion Group" which included more than 2 month tour through the USA. After this successful tour he was invited to give masterclasses and perform in Mexico. Konstantyn is a touring concert percussionist and a great promoter of contemporary percussion music. It is his great passion and vocation to commission new oeuvre for percussion instruments from talented and famous composers from all around the world. In September 2018 Konstantyn released his debut CD “The Collectors” as a part of The Dutch Golden Collection. Konstantyn Napolov is officially 'Adams', 'Vic Firth', 'Zildjian' and 'Mike Balter Mallets' artist.

Cameron Leach (USA)
WPG 2017 Co-Principal

American percussionist Cameron Leach is a touring soloist and chamber musician recognized for his expressive virtuosity, musical athleticism, and daring interpretations. Leach is the winner of both the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Artist Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He is a member of the Northern California-based percussion quartet Orphic Percussion, and one half of the Leach | Peters Percussion Duo.

Leach’s recent highlights include the premiere of two new percussion concertos—Dave Maric’s Spiel, and Durwynne Hsieh’s Prelude and Cartoon; guest artist engagements at 40 universities in 7 countries; week-long residencies at the MalletLab Summer Intensive, Space City New Music Festival, and Purdue University Fort Wayne; and recital appearances in Beijing, Portland, Orlando, Houston, San Francisco, and South Bend, to name a few. Upcoming engagements include concerto debuts with the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Euclid Symphony Orchestra; a solo residency at Denison University’s TUTTI Festival; ensemble residencies across the southern US, and the Eastman Community Music School; and recital appearances in Nuremberg, Los Angeles, Columbus, Cleveland, and Rochester.

Looking ahead, Leach will premiere a new percussion concerto by Adam Roberts with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra in the 2020-2021 season. Along with his active touring schedule, Leach regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. An in-demand educator, Leach recently held a professorship at Kent State University, and now teaches exclusively as a guest artist. Leach proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech.

Lindsey Eastham (USA)
WPG 2017 Artist

Award-winning American percussionist Lindsey Eastham is an internationally known soloist, chamber musician, and educator. A Los Angeles native, Lindsey is currently based out of London where she is actively developing a career in performance and arts administration with a focus on new music. She has premiered new works for solo and chamber percussion by Gordon Stout, Dallas J. Howard, Emmanuel Berrido, and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, among others. As co-founder and artistic director of un/pitched: New Music Network, she has developed several projects presenting new music with a focus on direct composer/performer collaboration.

In 2014, Lindsey won 1st prize at the Southern California International Marimba Competition with her duo, EASTHAMA, and went on to win the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in 2017. Lindsey has performed contemporary concerti in Los Angeles, New York, and London including the U.S. premiere of Contemplations at the Fountain by Maciej Malecki. Recently, Lindsey toured the United States as a soloist with the un/pitched Metamorphosis project and was part of the 2017 World Percussion Group European tour.

As an avid educator, Lindsey has presented clinics and masterclasses on a wide range of topics at institutions such as the Texas A&M University Commerce; Santa Monica College; Oklahoma City University; and the Sibelius Academy; and will be in residence at University of Redlands during spring 2020. Lindsey is currently completing her Postgraduate Advanced Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as the Ashley Family Foundation and Pauline Holden Scholar; and also holds a MM from Ithaca College, and a BM from California State University Northridge.

Lindsey is grateful to be supported by Marimba One as a Discovery Artist.

Ksenija Komljenovic (Serbia)
WPG 2019 Co-Principal

Dr. Ksenija Komljenovic (Belgrade, Serbia) is an award-winning percussionist, composer, and cofounder of the Balkan Percussion Duo. Throughout her versatile career, she has studied, performed, and taught across Europe, the United States, and Asia. Ksenija is the first woman from Serbia with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Degree. She holds the Assistant Professor of Percussion position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Ksenija is a Marimba One artist.

Heigo Rosin (Estonia)
WPG 2016 Co-Principal

Heigo Rosin (1989) is the first solo percussionist to emerge out of Estonia. He has appeared frequently as a soloist with numerous orchestras and solo recitals in all over the Europe and the USA. In 2015 Heigo was accepted into the Sponsorship Program of the Orpheum Foundation for the Advancement of Young Soloists. In the same year Heigo was also selected as principal percussionist to the World Percussion Group tour in the USA. In January 2017 he made his solo debut in New York in Carnegie Hall.

Since 2016, Heigo is endorsed by Malletech Instruments and Sabian Cymbals. Since 2017 Heigo is the head of Percussion department in Heino Eller Tartu Music College. As a renown soloist he has worked with numerous orchestras included MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Riga Sinfonietta, Kiev Soloists, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with world class conductors like Kristjan Järvi, Risto Joost, Olari Elts, Erki Pehk and Paul Mägi. Heigo Rosin started his musical studies in the age of 4 on piano. For now he owns two Bachelor and two Masters degrees in percussion (from Estonia and Belgium) and postgraduate soloist diploma from Denmark.

During his years of studies Heigo has participated in numerous master classes of teachers and educators from all over the world. In addition to that he has had personal percussion sessions with the world famous solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Heigo has been awarded through various competitions included the 2nd Prize at the Rising Stars Grand Prix in Berlin, 1st Prize at the Contemporary Music Competition De Linkprijs in the Netherlands, 1st Prize at the Yamaha Scholarship Competition for Percussion, 2nd Prize at the Estonian TV competition “Classical Stars”. Over ten years of karate practice has inspired Heigo to combine the movements of karate with his percussion playing. This unique aspect of his playing has given Heigo a nickname: “The Karate Kid of Percussion” and makes his performances extraordinary not only to hear but to see.

Yves Popow (Luxembourg)
WPG 2016 Artist

Yves is a passionate and energetic soloist and chamber musician whose versatility has lead him into concertizing the United States, Asia and Europe. His passion for percussion has allowed him to collaborate with many different ensembles among the World Percussion Group, Red Fish Blue Fish Percussion group, AKOM ensemble, United Instruments of Lucilin.

Due to his enthusiasm for creating new repertoire for percussion, Yves focuses too on collaborations with composers. He has had the pleasure to perform various world premieres among Desperation for Solo Percussion and Dance by the British/Dutch composer Jan Kuhr. They were awarded ‘the Tera de Marez Oyens’ award during the ‘Gaudeamus Muziekweek’ in Utrecht in 2016. Apart from this, Yves is the Co-founder of the Planet Percussion Luxembourg Vol. 1 and 2, an event featuring local musicians and artists. He has been one of the 2 soloists during both events held at the ‘Mierscher Kulturhaus’ during the season 2018/19. Two World premieres have been performed during those 2 events: 'De grousse Jang an de klenge Pit' by the Luxembourgish composer Tim Kleren as well as 'Orange Wind fading' by the American composer Ivan Trevino. Furthermore, Yves's participation to the Heritage Project, has given him the opportunity to volunteer as an educator and musician in Thailand and Malaysia. This project is a community art concept for children, which guides children to use their cultural and environmental heritage to make a music and theatre show.

As an educator, he loves to share his musical and rhythmical knowledge. A landmark for his educating passion is the Cajaton project hold together. Whilst, a group dynamic is created. The focus is not only hold on developing musical skills. But one also learns social skills like how to teamwork, helping each other, as well as letting its creativity run free by painting the cajaton, singing and playing on the instrument, different ways of expressing oneself. Currently he teaches classical percussion and drum set at the Union-Grand-DucAdolphe music school in Luxembourg. Yves proudly endorses Adams Percussion instruments, Artifact Percussion Mallets and Stone Drums Company

Chase Banks (USA)
WPG 2019 Artist

Chase Banks is an American percussionist who has performed and taught clinics in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. Chase’s recent accomplishments include winning an ensemble position with the 2019 edition of the World Percussion Group, Co-Founding the Green Vibes Project. Chase has toured internationally performing at numerous conservatories and universities as well as venues such as the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Chase has also played with many chamber ensembles and professional and regional orchestras in the Southeast including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Choral Society, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

An advocate for new music, Chase has led and been a member of multiple consortiums and commissioning projects including works by David Skidmore, Gene Koshinski, Andrea Venet, Shaun Tilburg, and Brian Nozny. In August of 2018 Chase and his wife Christine started the Green Vibes Project after they saw a need for sustainability awareness in the classical music market. The Green Vibes Project is a new venture with the main goal to promote the composition and performance of new and lesser-known musical works. As the name states, this “green” organization focuses on commissioning music that utilizes metal-based instruments, and recycled instrumentation (i.e. recyclable materials such as scrap metal, cardboard, glass bottles, etc.) to promote environmental sustainability, and provide meaningful repertoire to the percussion literature. As a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Chase was recently selected to join the PAS Education Committee and previously held a position on the PAS Music Technology Committee. While on the Music Technology Committee Chase Banks and Peter Soroka teamed up to present the “Tech Scene” video series published by Rhythm Scene!

Driven to use technology to better the lives of teachers, students and performers alike, the video series contains material ranging from how to record marimba, to using click tracks, and how to sync audio and video files. Chase is currently a doctoral candidate at Florida State University. Chase holds a Performer’s Certificate and Masters degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida State University.

Gloria Yehilevsky
WPG 2017 Artist

Gloria Yehilevsky has performed internationally in creative, cross-disciplinary, solo and chamber settings. Selected as an artist with the World Percussion Group in 2017, she appeared at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. Her diverse range of performance accolades include appearing on BBC television with Millenial Percussion, airing on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Royal Opening Gala, performing in the International Symposium at the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music in Bangkok and presenting at PASIC 2018.

She won the Italy PAS International Vibraphone competition and received second prize in the Indiana Day of Percussion Marimba competition. She is a Musical Merit Foundation protégé and won the PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship. Gloria completed a Master of Music with distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Morehead State University. In 2013 & 2014 she was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard “Jonz” front ensemble under the direction of Paul & Sandi Rennick. Gloria is proud to endorse Black Swamp Percussion as a Concert Artist.

Gonzalo Mier (Mexico)
WPG 2017 Artist

Gonzalo Mier is a Mexican percussionist and music teacher. Born in Puebla City on june 5, 1992, he formally began his musical studies in 2007 with Arturo Gonzalez as a teacher. In 2008 he joined the percussion ensemble of the University of Puebla, playing in concerts and festivals throughout Mexico for 7 years, like “Eduardo Mata” festival of contemporary music in Oaxaca and the “International Festival of Puebla”.

In 2016 he won the national performance competition “Vientos de la Montaña” in the State of Mexico, and in 2017 he joined the World Percussion Group on the European tour, giving concerts and teaching his clinic “body awareness” in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Oslo and Tallinn. Since 2018 he has been the president of “Colectivo Nah de Arte y Cultura”, an organization dedicated to the creation and dissemination of concerts, clinics, conferences, exhibitions, master classes, courses, and any activity focused on culture and artistic education.

Paul Chambers (USA)
WPG 2016 Artist

Paul Chambers is a percussionist and educator from Kingston, New York. He holds a Master of Music in percussion performance and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia where he was also an adjunct instructor from 2013-2016. He frequently performs contemporary and orchestral music with professional ensembles throughout the Hudson Valley region, including the Woodstock Symphony Orchestra, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Woodstock Playhouse pit orchestra.

In 2016, he was selected as a member of the inaugural World Percussion Group. He is an avid performer and researcher of African music, having studied traditional music in Ghana, West Africa, on three separate occasions. From 2016-2017, he was a recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student Research grant to study traditional music in South Africa. The resulting research is now published in African Music, the academic journal of the International Library of African Music.

Borja Sarrion Carbonell
WPG 2016 Artist

Borja Sarrion started to study percussion at 6 years, in E.M Anna, CPM Maestro Ponce, and CPM Mestre Vert. At 19 he applied to join CSMV Joaquín Rodrigo and after that finished his Masters at the University of Valencia. He was winner of the 1st Prize Chamber Groups Competition in CPM Mestre Vert in 2009 and made the Erasmus + at the Royal College of Music, in Stockholm (Sweden).

He has played with several orchestras, such as The World Orchestra, JOGV, OFUV, FSMCV, Banda Municipal de Valencia, Kromata and World Percussion Group. Nowadays he's head of the department at the Conservatorio in Montroy, teaching percussion and is teacher of music in the secondary school of the government of Valencia.

Bryce Turner (USA)
WPG 2019 Artist

Bryce Turner is an award-winning American percussionist based out of San Antonio, TX. He has received dual bachelor degrees in music education and performance from Texas Lutheran University in 2016 and his master’s degree in percussion performance from Baylor University in 2019. As a performer, Bryce has made appearances across the Unites States and Europe showcasing his abilities in both the marching arts and as a classical percussionist. Bryce currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.

Jaime Esposito (USA)
WPG 2016 Artist

Jaime Esposito is the co-founder of Spectrum Ensemble, music group based in Denton, Texas, striving to increase visibility of talented Queer musicians and composers. In the summer of 2018 Jaime was an artist in Italy with the International Lyric Academy. In the past Jaime has been an artist with the World Percussion Group and Heartland Marimba Collective where they performed concerts and coached students across the country.

In the summer of 2015, they were invited to the United Kingdom to perform with the prestigious Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra. Jaime frequently plays with Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony, Allen Symphony, and Abilene Philharmonic.

Jaime is currently a private teacher at L.D Bell High School. Jaime graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance, where she also maintained responsibilities as a Teaching Fellow. Jaime holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.