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The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)

Selected Artists

WPG 2021 Selected Artists 











Toril Azzalini-Machecler - United Kingdom


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"I believe that solo and chamber percussion is one of the most important things for a musician to be able to do, and I am personally incredibly passionate about both of those. The joy of playing on stage and having the room to express myself is second to none, and so I'd like to be able to share this love of solo and chamber playing with like-minded people from all over the world, as well as connecting with and learning from them. The tutors are also extremely exciting, with a couple whom I've already wanted to be coached by for a long time."






Filip Korošec - Slovenia


Filip Korošec is one of the most exciting up-and-coming percussionists in Sweden. He has performed all over Europe as a soloist and a member of chamber groups. He is the first recipient of the prestigious ''Marimba One Excellency Award'' which was awarded for his performances in IPCL competition in Luxembourg and second recipient of Blåsmusikpriset.

Currently he is studying for his master's degree at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm with Joakim Anterot, Daniel Berg and Mikael Nilsson. He has previously worked and performed with Anders Åstrand, Leif Karlsson, Anders Holdar, Katarzyna Mycka, Simon Klavžar and others. With main focus on contemporary percussion repertoire Filip is playing a lot of new works for percussion and electronics, but his repertoire also ranges from Jazz to Baroque and anything in-between and is bringing a fresh perspective on what classical percussion can be.


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"WPG is the pinnacle goal of every percussionist's chamber music career. I have been playing chamber music for years and having an opportunity like that would be invaluable in terms of experience, knowledge and networking. I have met many that have previously been part of WPG and everyone has been completely blown away by the level and the atmosphere! Playing in WPG truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it really doesn't seem like anything I'd want to miss!"





Grzegorz Chwalinski -  Poland


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"I would love to be a part of this group to GIVE and TAKE experience and new ideas. In my opinion my personality and way of performing fits to WPG."







Elliott Gaston-Ross  - United Kingdom/Ireland


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"For experience and publicity as a soloist and chamber musician, and the chance to meet and work with likeminded percussionists."






Jose Uzcategui - Venezuela


Jose Uzcategui is a percussionist and composer born and raised in Venezuela. He began his musical studies at the age of five in “El Sistema” of orchestras in Venezuela. He started playing percussion at the age of eight in La Orquesta Sinfónica de Ciudad Guayana and La Academia Latinoamericana de Percusión.

Performing his own compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions, Jose has won several music scholarships. Receiving the highest award at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, multiple scholarships from the Latin Grammy Foundation, and a Meadows Artistic Scholarship award at the Meadows School of the Arts are among his accomplishments in his studies. In addition to performing, Jose composes virtuosic solos for percussion, and has also been commissioned to write music for short films and fashion shows in Venezuela and France.

Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"I would like to participate in the WPG, because I would like to share and connect with those who love percussion as much as I do."





Nozomi Hiwatashi  - Japan


Born and raised in Japan, Nozomi Hiwatashi is an artist based in Germany that also regularly performs in Japan and other countries.

Hiwatashi’s ambition for the instrument has given her wide recognition in her field and countless awards from various competitions and festivals.
These include receiving 1st Prize at the Southern California Marimba Competition in 2021, and 2nd Prize along with Willem Vos Award at the prestigious TROMP International Percussion Competition Eindhoven 2020, Netherlands. Furthermore, in 2019, Hiwatashi was a Semi-Finalist at the 68th International ARD Competition in Munich, Germany. Other prominent achievements include: 2nd Prize at the 14th Italy Percussion Arts Society Competition in the Marimba category; among others.

Hiwatashi is also a recipient of multiple scholarships and funds from various institutions that support her work. They include: Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship, Seki Art Foundation, Scholarship from Tokyo College of Music and the Interstip-Stipendium.

She did bachelor degree at the Tokyo college of Music under Prof. Momoko Kamiya, Prof. Atsushi Sugahara. Currently, she is completing her Artist Diploma (Solo-Konzertexamen) at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (where she also received her Masters degree) under the tutelage of Prof. Marta Klimasara and Prof. Klaus Dreher.

Nozomi Hiwatashi is Yamaha and Kolberg Percussion Artist.



Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"As a musician I truly enjoy the connections that the music brings me and I'm constantly keen on exploring and discovering ideas and perspectives of people who share the same love towards percussion. After hearing about this organisation from past WPG members, I immediately felt the desire to apply and to become part of this community. As much as I am keen exposing myself to new approaches to the instrument, I hope that I will also be able to share with many people around the world the work that I have been doing in my life so far."



Ashley Ridenour - USA

Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"I would love to play and surround myself with talented individuals from many different backgrounds in the percussion community. Although we may not be traveling this year, I would love to broaden my horizons and open my mind by exposing myself to percussion culture from all over the world."







Ting-Ni Li - Taiwan


Born in 1997. Currently studying in Taipei National University of Arts percussion master degree with professor Peiching Wu and Shihsan Wu. Ting Ni prefers to study keyboard techniques on marimba. Such as J. S. Bach’s keyboard pieces: Toccata, Partita, Concerto…

Performing experience:
(2016)
Second prize in the Marimba Category and Best Musical Interpretation Award at 14th.
Italy Percussive Arts Society Competition.
(2017)
First prize in the Marimba Solo Category at the Taiwan International Percussion Convention Competition.
(2018)
Performed at Pasic Concert «New Generation» in Indianapolis.
(2019)
First prize in the Marimba Category at 17th Italy Percussive Arts Society Competition.


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"Learning about various percussion music is always interesting to me. Also, exploring musicianship and building connection are the main goals for me to absorb ideas from other musicians."







Isaac Harari - United Kingdom


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"Solo and chamber percussion is central to my interest and passion as a percussionist, not least because of its rapid growth into a future of wide reaching popularity. The opportunity that the WPG offers to meet like-minded percussionists and receive guidance from the leading figures of the percussion world gave me no option but to apply."









Tanel-Eiko Novikov


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"Participating in the World Percussion Group offers a great opportunity to connect with world-class percussionists and develop yourself as a performer in general."



Yuval Yakir - Israel (Balagan Duo)


Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"I admire the WPG coaches. There is no other place that I could meet them and study with them all together. I hope WPG will help me acquire much needed knowledge and experience and of course meet new percussion artists and be apart of the worldwide community."


Shalev Koloditsky - Israel (Balagan Duo)

Why you would like to be a soloist/ensemble/composer member in the WPG...

"I think being a part of WPG will be a great opportunity, as it will make me a better musician, let alone a percussionist.

WPG hosts the world's greatest and most prestigious percussion artists, whom I have grown up learning from, and getting inspired by. It would be a great honour to learn from them.

WPG will allow me to step into the real world as a professional musician, making my biggest dream of becoming a professional musician and percussionist come true.  
Taking part in this amazing experience is the biggest gift I would ever be able to grant myself!"