The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)

Selected Artists

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WPG European Tour 2019 Artists

Soloist: Alexander Smith

Alexander Montgomery Smith is a performing artist, educator, and artistic director who maintains an active career in musical performance and artistic collaboration. Alexander has performed in many ensemble and solo settings around the world, including The Netherlands, China, Mongolia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and across the United States. Alexander has been selected twice to perform in the the world largest international percussion competition, TROMP, in 2016 and 2018. His repertoire ranges from 20th century master works such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis to the performance and advocacy of contemporary composers such as Cathy van Eck, Simon Løffler, and Per Bloland. Alexander holds a B.M. in Performance from the University of Kentucky, of which he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and an M.M. from the University of Tennessee. He is currently pursuing a M.A. in Contemporary Arts Practice at the Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland, where he is actively collaborating and performing with numerous ensembles and performers both locally and internationally. Alexander has earned numerous honors and awards for artistic interpretation and performance, and has also been sponsored by the “miniMAX” Foundational Support for Artistic Development. Focusing on interdisciplinary and multimedia projects, Alexander continues to pursue the forefront of contemporary art through his experimental approach to the interpretation and performance.

Co-Principal: Ksenija Komljenovic (Serbia)

Dr. Ksenija Komljenovic (Belgrade, Serbia) is an award-winning percussionist and composer. 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 is a recipient of numerous academic honors and fellowships, including the American Association of University Women International Fellowship, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, and USAID’s Forecast Exchange Program. In 2018, she was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the Frost School of Music.

Ksenija’s devotion to percussion is shaped through her advocacy for contemporary music and intercultural collaboration. Her initiative and efforts resulted in several pioneering cultural-exchange projects between the U.S. and her home country. Some of those include the first drum line camp and the first contemporary percussion workshop in Serbia.  As a co-founder of the Balkan Percussion Duo, she won the Second Prize at the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg in 2018. Her compositions and arrangements for duo are published by Bachovich Music Publications.

Ksenija is a public speaker, fervently communicating about the importance of education for the underprivileged, cross-cultural understanding, and equality.

Co-Principal: Jonas Thygesen (Denmark)

Danish percussionist Jonas Thygesen is a devoted musician with a passion for colors, sounds and rhythms. With a refined technique and a deep respect for expression, he explores the world—the ethereal realm—of contemporary music. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed both in Denmark and abroad, including several world premieres. He is currently studying in the soloist class at the Danish National Academy of Music with Søren Monrad, Johan Bridger and Christian Martinez.

Ensemble Members

Christina Cheon (South Korea / USA)

Christina Cheon is an active musician based in Orange County, CA. She has won first prize in several competitions such as the 2014 Sigma Alpha Iota Instrumental Competition and the 2009 Southern California International Marimba Competition. She has performed as a guest artist for the 2018 Lansum International Music Festival and the 2015 Zeltsman Marimba Festival, among others. She is the founder and artistic director of Southern California Marimba (SCM), a non-profit organization that produces concerts, educational outreach programs, and other activities within the local community. She is proud to endorse Marimba One as an Educational Artist.

Chase Banks (USA)

Chase Banks is a classically trained percussionist based in Columbia, SC. Chase graduated with a Master of Music Degree from USC in 2018 studying under Dr. Scott Herring. As a performer, Chase has played with many chamber ensembles and orchestras in the Southeast including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Chase won the USC Concerto Competition performing Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Vibraphone. Chase holds a position on the PAS Music Technology Committee and has a video series with Peter Soroka on percussion and technology called “Tech Scene” published by Rhythm Scene!

Cheng Mei Kwan, Emily (Hong Kong)

Cheng Mei Kwan, Emily completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First-class Honours and Master of Music with Distinction at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She won the HKAPA Concerto Trial in 2013.

She was twice successful in her auditions for the Asian Youth Orchestra, completing consecutive summer tours in Asia. In 2014, she was the first female drummer collaborating with the Hofesh Shechter Company and garnered praise for her performance in “Political Mother” in the New Vision Arts Festival. She took part in the Philharmonia APA performance with Vienna Boys’ Choir in Vienna.

She is actively involved in professional ensemble performance, and is a freelance percussionist in the Hong Kong Philharmonic etc. In 2012, she formed a percussion duo “RE?MIX”, which was invited to perform in Taiwan, Shanghai and Macau. She is also a member of Four Gig Heads, an innovative local percussion ensemble merging Chinese and Western instruments and performance styles.

She is currently coach of Percussion Ensemble of HKAPA Junior Programme.

Eugene Kwong (Hong Kong)

Currently a master student at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Eugene Kwong is studying percussion performance with Aziz D. Barnard Luce, James Boznos and Matthew Lau under the full financial support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund. As a former member of Asian Youth Orchestra 2015-2017, she went on a world tour with the orchestra in 2017 and performed in Ravello Festival, Young Euro Classic Festival and Lucerne Festival. She joined IKMMA 2017. She participated in the masterclasses of Rainer Seegers, Christopher Deviney, Li Biao and Pius Cheung.

Kwong is a freelance percussionist of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Bryce Turner (USA)

Bryce Turner is an American percussionist based out of San Antonio, Texas. He received his dual Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and percussion performance from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX where he studied under Adam Bedell. He is currently completing his Master of Music degree at Baylor University in Waco, TX where he studies percussion performance and literature with Dr. Todd Meehan and Chris Sies and serves as the percussion studio’s teaching assistant. As a soloist, Bryce made his Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2018, and as an ensemble musician, has appeared in numerous groups, such as the Mid-Texas Symphony, Waco Symphony, TLU Percussion Studio, and Baylor Percussion Group.

Alissa Teachout (USA)

Alissa Teachout received her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from The Ohio State University in 2011 and Bachelor’s from Utah State University in 2007. Since graduating, she teaches general music to elementary school students ages 5-11 and incorporates the use of percussion in her teaching. She enjoys the fresh perspective students bring.  “I love that I get to experience different kinds of music for the first time through their ears.”  She currently performs with a variety of community ensembles including the Reno Wind Symphony, Sierra Highlander Pipe Band, and a vocal/percussion duo, Double AA, with her husband, Adam.

Nezka Prosenjak (Slovenia)

Nezka Prosenjak is a slovenian percussionist, currently finishing her Bachelor studies at University of music and perfoming arts Graz in the class of Ulrike Stadler. She participated in various national and international competitions, where she always achieved good results. (Italy PAS, Marimba Festiva Bamberg,...). She performed solo concerts for marimba with Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Slovenian Armed Forces Orchestra. Her experiences also include 2 years as a full time percussionist in Slovene National Theatre Maribor. During last few years she took part in different courses led by internationally known artists (Katarzyna Mycka, Theodor Milkov, Alexey Gersassimez…).

William Brown (USA)

William Brown is a percussionist at the University of South Florida studying with Bob McCormick. As a soloist, William has won the New York International Marimba Competition, placed second at the Bamberg Marimba Festival, and received second prize at the Great Plains International Marimba Competition. He was selected to be the Teaching Assistant at the Brevard Music Center in 2018, where he was a featured soloist and principal percussionist. An active orchestral player, he is a section percussionist of the Venice, FL Symphony, is scheduled to play with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and is principal of the USF Symphony Orchestra.

Antoine Fatout (France)

Antoine Fatout is in great demand as a gifted drummer and a talented collaborator in the jazz and Brazilian music scenes.  Born in Le Havre, France, he began his musical studies at the age of 8. In addition to attending prestigious conservatories in both Rouen and Paris, Antoine excelled at Boston’s outstanding Berklee College of Music. In 2016, he was invited to join the renowned World Percussion Group. In this role, he visited a host of American universities, delighting audiences with his virtuosity, and teaching master classes about Brazilian music. Antoine has established a stellar reputation throughout the world. At Fa2 Drum Studio, the school that he founded and still directs, he instructs aspiring drummers of all ages. 

Ng Chin Pok Bevis (Hong Kong)

Ng Chin Pok Bevis started learning percussion at a young age, under the tutelage of Margie Tong. With full support from the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, He is currently in the Bachelor of Music (Hons.) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring with western percussion. His teachers include the renowned percussionist Dr. Heung Wing Lung, Dr. Matthew Lau and James Boznos, principal timpanist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.  Bevis has won various international and local music competitions. He is one of the winner of the concerto trial in the Academy and has performed "Concerto for Marimba and Strings" by Emmanuel Sejourne with the Academy Symphony Orchestra at 2018/ In September 2017, he won the first prize in Marimba Category A in the Hong Kong-Macau-Taiwan regional percussion competition organized by International Percussion Education Association. Bevis is one of the member in The Up:Strike Project, an emerging chamber group in Hong Kong.

Chen Yi (Taiwan)

Chen Yi was born in Changhua, Taiwan. He began to study piano at age four and percussion at age seven. He entered the “gifted music class” during junior high school participating in solo juries, chamber music, concert band and the Ju Percussion Camp in 2006 and 2007. Chen Yi’s high school life followed the same course of continued musical studies with the additional of orchestra. Aside from his school activities, Chen Yi has been active in competitions and various musical activities. In 2009 he won first prize at the Taiwan Music Competition for marimba performance and joined the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra academy(2009 and 2010). In 2010 he won 3rd prize performing a marimba concerto with piano at the National Student Competition of Music and also joined the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra academy. During the summer of 2011 he attended the Ju Percussion academy and won the opportunity to perform a duet with guest professor and performer, Gordon Stout. Chen Yi has been attending the Taipei National University of the Arts for the past four years studying with Associate Professor Jer-Huei Chen and Sarah Barnes-Tsai. He will graduate in June, 2016. Now he studies on the masters degree in Haute école de musique de Genève. During his study he had countless performance experiences with large ensembles such as percussion ensemble, symphony orchestra, concert band and steel band. Chen Yi also had innumerable chamber and small ensemble training by assisting classmates for new compositions or for percussion ensemble accompaniment for solo features. Chen Yi was also active outside school working with both the HanJi Quartet and Ensemble1002 “E1002”. In 2015 he and the members of the Ensemble1002- HanJi won third prize at the International Percussion Competition Luxemburg. The same year he had performances for the Music Plus—Collections at the Taiwan National Experimental Theater with “E1002” percussion group and with the HanJi Quartet, a commemorative concert in honor of George Crumb’s 86th birthday held in the concert hall at Soochow University. In 2014 he had been a guest performer with the National Symphony Orchestra from Taiwan.