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Selected Artists

WPG European Tour 2017 Artists

WPG Soloist 2017
Hsin-Hsuan Wu (Taiwan)

Hsin-Hsuan Wu obtained her Master’s degree from TNUA (Taipei National University of Arts) in 2010 and is now furthering her Artist Diploma at the CNSMDL (Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Music et Danse de Lyon) with Prof. Jean Geoffroy. She is also a doctoral candidate of TNUA under the guidance of Prof. Ju Tzong-Ching.

She is widely recognized as an upcoming young talent among Taiwan’s percussion music performing artists. Renowned Taiwanese percussionist Ju Tzong-Ching once described her as a musician with "outstanding talent, a performer with superb technique and artistic prowess.”
WPG Co-Principal 2017
Cameron Leach (USA)

Cameron Leach (USA) is a versatile performer and accomplished educator with experience in many different world's of percussion. He made his concerto debut in spring 2016 with Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, and has been one of the first to tour and record Michael Burritt’s White Pines. Recently, Cameron could be seen at PASIC 2015 performing with the All-Star International Percussion Ensemble, as well on the Focus Day involving percussive gesture with a performance of taiko and live electronics. A two-time world champion in the marching realm as well, he set a world record with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014 and earned a gold medal with the Rhythm X Indoor Percussion Ensemble in 2013.

His latest awards include the Armand Zildjian Scholarship, Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award, and Scholarship for Advanced Musical Study from the Women in Music organization. Upcoming projects include several world premieres for percussion ensemble, solo/duo percussion, and a new concerto with brass band. Cameron graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s in music education from Capital University, and is currently pursuing his master’s in percussion performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is a candidate for the prestigious Arts Leadership Certificate.
WPG Co-Principal 2017
Samuel Chan (Hong Kong)

A native of Hong Kong, Samuel Chan is a young talented percussionist who has received top prizes in competitions including the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Percussion Competition, Great Plains International Marimba Competition, Hong Kong Young Musician of the Year Competition, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition and the concerto competitions at New England Conservatory and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

As an active percussion soloist, Samuel has recently performed the Asia premiere of Avner Dorman’s percussion duo concerto “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” concert band version with the Hong Kong Young Musicians’ Wind Orchestra. He has also appeared as marimba soloist with the Houston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, NEC Chamber Orchestra and HKAPA Symphony Orchestra. He has given solo performances and recitals at venues and events such as Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and Lincoln Center’s Focus! Festival. Samuel was invited to present a guest clinic and recital at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in last March.

Samuel is currently pursuing his studies at the Juilliard School in New York. He has also attended the National Orchestral Institute and Pacific Music Festival.
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Vanessa Porter (Germany)

After many national percussion solo successes she was a finalist of the prestigious World Marimba Competition in 2012, received the German scholarship and was a prizewinner at the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb, whereby she was included in the community “national young artists”. This year she was winner of the August-Everding Musikwettbewerb in Munich and received the audience award.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Vanessa is guest at festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Young Euro Classics and the Frankfurter Musikmesse and played as a soloist with orchestras such as the Stuttgart Philharmonics, the Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Südwind Wind Orchestra and the Ulm Chamber Orchestra. Her lively concert activity has led her to large parts of Europe as well as to Asia.

With her “Daidalos Percussion Quartet”, she won the 1st prize at the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg in 2014 and also received the ‘Ady-Mootz Special Prize’ for the best interpretation of the final piece in the complete competition. In February 2015 the Quartet was awarded the “Bruno-Frey Prize” which offered them the recording of their first CD production.

Together with her sister Jessica, Vanessa won the online web contest Italy, became the culture prize for young academics and the culture night prize in Ulm. In addition they received a great amount of sponsorships; as the award of the saving banks Germany, the prize of the Federal Pharmacy Chamber, the admission to the foundation “German musiclife” and the “Karl-Jegg Foundation”.

Vanessa Porter is currently studying her Master at the “Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst”, Stuttgart with Prof. Marta Klimasara and Prof. Jürgen Spitschka. After her stay abroad at the “Royal College of Music” in London she finished her bachelor in Stuttgart with the highest possible results in 2016.
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Simon Klavzar (Slovenia)

Simon Klavžar regularly performs with Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Sonemus Sarajevo, Ensemble Neofonia Ljubljana, Ensemble Kompulz and OL-SK duo (with Oskar Laznik - saxophone). Among others, he appeared on stage together with the Lincoln Chamber Music Society New York, Peter Sadlo, Alexej Gerassimez, Katarzyna Mycka, Stefan Hussong, Annika Treutler and Luka Juhart. Since 2006, he has been performing with Jože Bogolin as percussion duo Drumartica, which is since then Klavžar’s main activity. He is currently holding position as percussion and chamber music professor both at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana and University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

2006, his duo Drumartica has given recitals in the USA, Spain, Russia, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia. They gave masterclasses at the following institutions and festivals: Western Washington University (WA, USA), Furman University (SC, USA), Albolote Percussion Festival (Granada, Spain), Ivana Bilic Marimba Week (Samobor, Croatia), Salerno Music Conservatory (Salerno, Italy), Tenerife Percussion Festival (Tenerife, Spain) and Merza Percussion Festival (Galizia, Spain). They performed at the Carnegie Hall (New York), Hermitage Theater (St. Petersbourg) and Berlin Philharmonie (Berlin) in Musical Olympus concerts. Other important recitals were given at the Auditorio de Tenerife (Spain), Kuenstlerhaus Munich (Germany), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Maryville College (TN, USA), Austrian Embassy in USA (Washington DC), Ljubljana Festival (Slovenia), Emilia-Romagna Festival (Italy), Villingen-Schweningen (Germany), Pfaffenhofen (Germany) and Dudelange (Luxembourg).

Drumartica published a CD debut in 2012 (Drumartica I). Klavžar published his second record in 2016 with Oskar Laznik (saxophone). It consists of new pieces by Slovenian composers for percussion and saxophone.

Apart from his duo activities, Simon Klavžar performed at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival (Germany, 2010) and Wolfsburg Movimentos Festival (Germany, 2011 and 2015). In 2015, he performed as soloist at the World Music Days with Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ljubljana (Kos: Concerto for Marimba and Bass Clarinet). He regularly performs at the Slowind contemporary music festival (Slovenia), Sonemus contemporary music festival (Bosnia), Predihano contemporary music cycle (Cankarjev Dom, Slovenia) and gives concerts for children (Mini.Musik Munich).
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Hiromu Nagahama & Lindsey Eastham - EASTHAMA DUO (Japan/USA)

EASTHAMA is a joint venture of Hiromu Nagahama and Lindsey Eastham, based out of Ithaca, NY, Los Angeles and Japan. Winners of the 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition- duo division and featured in the Winter 2016 Southern California Marimba Concert Series where they premiered Gordon Stout’s new work for marimba and vibraphone, Acquiescent Blues. They are active in producing recitals on both coasts of the United States. In the past year they have presented masterclasses on learning and arranging new repertoire as a duo at Cal Poly Pomona and Ithaca College, and are both working on their master’s degrees with Gordon Stout at Ithaca College.
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Mark D'Ambrosio (USA)

Mark D'Ambrosio is a percussionist, composer, educator, and all around musician from Colorado's Western slope. Mark specializes as a pioneer of the HandPan, a new and unique percussion instrument, performing across Colorado and the greater United States. When not performing Mark is an avid composer, arranger, and music producer. He has released two EPs to critical acclaim which have been featured in numerous artistic projects. Additionally he teaches independently and serves as an educator for various area institutions in the Western Colorado region. Mark is currently pursuing undergraduate studies in music at Colorado Mesa University.
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Jonathan Rodriguez (USA/Mexico)

Jonathan Rodriguez is an emerging percussionist having received his Bachelor’s degree at Millikin University and his Master’s degree at The University of New Mexico, both in percussion performance. He has won numerous awards and competitions for performance and scholarship, taught music theory and drum-set methods at summer camps, has performed extensively with various groups of different styles, and has toured nationally and internationally with his world music group, Aztral Folk. Most recently, Jonathan began his Postcards Project, an ongoing compilation of field recordings and research of countries visited and commissioning new percussion literature using those recordings and research.
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Gloria Yehilevsky (USA)

International percussionist and San Diego native, Gloria Yehilevsky is an enthusiastic performer and educator. As a performer, her interests lie in a wide range of settings including orchestral, chamber and solo playing, as well as scholarly research and serving the percussion community. In the orchestral medium, she has performed with orchestras in Sweden, England, and the United States. She has also performed in orchestral masterclasses at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). 

Gloria performed and presented clinics as an artist in the World Percussion Group in its 2017 European tour throughout northern Europe, including stops in the UK, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, and Belgium. She was member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Front Ensemble  in 2013 and 2014, under the direction of Paul and Sandi Rennick, having received the Paul Seibert Legacy Award in 2014. Recently, Gloria received 2nd prize in the Indiana Day of Percussion Marimba Competition, won a scholarship award from the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego, and competed in the International Percussion Competition at Northwestern in 2016. She has also received the Yamaha PASIC Scholarship in 2014.
Gloria is very passionate about contemporary exploratory music and has performed works by composers John Luther Adams and Michael Pisaro at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, as well as having participated in the nief-norf Summer Festival as a performance fellow. She is a founding member of Guerrilla Chamber Collective, a mixed chamber ensemble currently comprised of artists who attended Morehead State University. In its inaugural season, the group has commissioned four new works non-traditional instrumentation.

Formerly a Percussive Arts Society Student Delegate in Kentucky, Gloria is committed to serving the percussion community. She is now joining the PAS UK & Ireland Chapter in the Secretary position and is looking forward to serving PAS internationally. She has conducted research on improvisation through an Undergraduate Research Fellowship granted by Morehead State University for the past two years, and has presented on the work in numerous settings, having received a Certificate of Merit for her presentation at the Celebration of Student Scholarship at MSU in 2017. 
Her primary teachers have included Brian Mason, Matthew Geiger, Anders Åstrand, and Daniel Berg. She was was selected as an Alternate for a Fulbright Award for research and performance in Sweden, and will be attending Birmingham Conservatoire in the United Kingdom for graduate study in September 2017. Gloria is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Morehead State University with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, and is a George M. Luckey Honors Program Scholar.

WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Alex Howley (USA)

Alex Howley is an undergraduate Junior in the Honors College at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he is a member of the percussion studio under Dr. Brian Zator and Andrew Lynge, and has participated in Percussion Ensembles, Steel Band and Wind Ensemble. Alex is an active performer; he competed in and won the PASIC College Keyboard Competition in 2015 and '16 and is fortunate to have travelled and performed a tour in Austria and Germany with the TAMUC Wind Ensemble. He has also spent two summers touring the U.S. with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps playing keyboard.

Alex is a teacher and arranger in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, where he teaches private lessons and ensembles at middle and high schools across the area. He is also a published composer, with two pieces available through C. Alan Publications. He studies percussion and arranging with Sandi Rennick, and has studied percussion with Dr. Brian Zator and composition with Dwayne Rice. He is an advocate for spreading music to new audiences, and has helped co-found a non-profit charity organization which hosts drum circles to raise money for those in need, as well as spent as an employee for Lone Star Percussion. He is also active in commercial music as a composer and a producer, having recently released his first album. His ultimate goal is to inspire people to pursue their passions and to affect positive change in the world through a love of music.
WPG Ensemble Artist 2017
Gonzalo Mier Rodriguez (Mexico)

Graduated with his bachelor degree in 2015 (cum laude), he was member of the percussion ensemble of the BUAP School of Arts since 2008. Gonzalo has participated in the Contemporary Music Festival "Eduardo Mata" in Oaxaca, 11th International Festival of Puebla, 3rd Congress, Concert Gusto at the main theater of Puebla, live broadcast for "Radio BUAP" of the concert no. 1 for marimba and percussion ensemble by Ney Rosauro, world premieres of the first and second concert for church bells in the international vanillochy festival.

He also was a member of BUAP's ensemble of horns, string and percussions, and founded the "Trisnar" percussion ensemble, being the artistic director of this group. In the teaching area he participated as an instructor in the first meeting of marching percussion in Puebla during November of 2012, gave the conference "percussion instruments and development of brain activity" for TELMEX foundation and participated in two educational projects, working as a teacher of percussion and corporal expression at "With the same heart, non-profit organization" for people with intellectual and psychomotor disabilities.