The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)


WPG 2021 V-TOUR Coaches

Tomer Yariv 

In his career, Tomer played as soloist under the baton of celebrated conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez and Marin Alsop among others. In 1996-2011 most of his musical activities were as part of PercaDu. He was invited to play as soloist with leading orchestras such as The Israel Philharmonic, NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Munich Bayerische Staatsorchester, Belgrade Phil.,Taiwan National Symphony, Thailand Phil., and many more ?ne orchestras around the globe. Tomer Yariv was invited to play in festivals such as Verbier Festival, Salzburg Festival, Pasic, Israel Festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival, TIPC Festival in Taiwan , The Red Sea Chamber Music Festival, jazz festivals and arts festivals.

Winner of numerous prestigious prizes such as *The First Prize at the Percussive Arts Society International Competition, USA. *Jury Prize and the Audience Prize at the International Percussion Competition, Luxembourg. *First Prize as "Best Chamber Music Ensemble" at the Aviv Music Competitions. *Recipient of America – Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships both as soloist as well as an ensemble member since 1993. *Chosen Artist by the Israel Culture Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence). *Israel's Minister of Culture Prize for Excellency in Music. *First Prize at the Tel-Aviv Academy of Music Soloist Competition. *The "Landau Prize" for outstanding culture contribution in Israel.

Since 2012 Tomer Yariv is the founder director of “Tremolo”- Israel Percussion Center. He is active as Consultant of the Israeli Ministry of Education in the percussion ?eld and also much in demand for master-classes world-wide, including invitations from academies such as Juilliard School of Music, The Music Academies in Amsterdam, Munich, Hong Kong, Haag, Taipei, Minnesota and Miami among others.

These days Tomer is active as a member of Tremolo Ensemble, with whom he won the Oden Partosh Prize for best Performance of Israeli Composition, Playing concerts in Israel and abroad.

Tomer is a the head of the percussion department at the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance as well as at Buchman-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University. His compositions are published at Innovative Percussion as well as self-publication.

Tim Adams

Timothy Adams Jr., the Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor in Music, was named Chair of the Percussion Department at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music in fall 2010.  A master educator, Mr. Adams’ students have seen great success around the country and the world as performers, educators, and music therapists. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UGA, Mr. Adams held the post of Principal Timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years and was Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University.  During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Adams spent ten summers as Percussion faculty at the Brevard Music Center where he was frequently a featured soloist and recitalist.

An orchestra musician of the highest caliber for over 30 years, Adams began his entrée into playing professionally while still in high school as a substitute percussionist and timpanist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

While attending the Cleveland Institute of Music, Adams spent two summers as a fellowship recipient of the Tanglewood Music Center, performing under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Elliott Carter, Trevor Pinnock, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams.

Mr. Adams has played in most of the major concert halls in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, China, and Malaysia, and has performed under the batons of Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Manfred Honeck, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Robert Shaw, Sir Andre Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Raymond Leppard, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, and Marvin Hamlisch.  Adams has performed with such notable soloists as Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, Andre Watts, Yo Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Lang Lang, Midori, Pinchas Zukerman, Patti Austin, Chaka Kahn, Della Reese, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard, Brice Winston, Dave Brubeck, Marcus Roberts and Burt Bacharach.

As a soloist, Adams has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Hartford, Knoxville, and Asheville symphony orchestras, as well as the Florida Philharmonic. A champion of the music of our time, Adams has had several works commissioned for him, including, The Messenger concerto for percussion and orchestra, by James Oliverio, which he premiered to great acclaim with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; The Healer concerto for percussion and orchestra by Lucas Richman, premiered with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Primal Instincts concerto for percussion and orchestra, by Bill Banfield premiered with the Indianapolis Symphony; Tarantula concerto for marimba and orchestra by Larry Baker, premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Interzones for solo vibraphone and prerecorded tape by Bruce Hamilton; Rituals for solo timpani by Bruce Hamilton; and Quicksilver Pieces for solo vibraphone by David Liptak.

Adams film soundtrack credits are, The Caveman's Valentine featuring Samuel L. Jackson and Miracle at St. Anna, a film directed by Spike Lee.  Both film scores were composed by Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter and composer, Terence Blanchard. A little known fact about Timothy Adams, Jr. is that he was a founding member and keyboardist of the rock band, “The Exotic Birds”. The band recorded two records and appeared on MTV and VH1 on a regular rotation.  Upon Adams’ departure from the band, Nine Inch Nails own, Trent Reznor, took up Adams’ former position as keyboardist. Timothy Adams proudly endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Freer Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets, Black Swamp Percussion, Pearl/Adams Percussion and Vater Drum Sticks.

Steven Schick

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” he has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion.

Steven Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the artist director Breckenridge Music Festival. He is artistic director emeritus of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As conductor, Schick has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble.

In 2020, Steven Schick won the Ditson Conductor’s Award, given by Columbia University for commitment to the performance of American music.  

Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014 (Mode). For the latter, he received the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis for the best new music release of 2015. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.

Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and is the inaugural holder of the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.

Pius Cheung

Hailed by the New York Times as “deeply expressive” for his groundbreaking recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on solo marimba, Pius Cheung is widely known as one of the most important percussionists of his generation. He has presented solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Kyoto Arts Center (Japan), as well as music festivals around the globe such as the Usedom Music Festival (Germany), Manchester Music Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Taiwan International Percussion Convention, Chiapas International Marimba Festival (Mexico), Drum Fest (Poland), Percussion Plus Festival (Denmark), Italy PAS International Percussion Festival, Osaka Percussion Festival and Shenyang International Percussion Festival (China).

He is one of the most sought-after composers for percussion today. His latest works include Allegro Brutale for solo marimba, commissioned by Dame Evelyn Glennie; Heaven and Earth, Ballet for Percussion Ensemble; and two percussion concertos, Princess Chang Ping and Heaven and Earth (percussion sextet concerto version) for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.

Furthermore, Mr. Cheung frequently serves as a judge at national and international competitions, as well as presents masterclasses at renowned institutions such as the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Amsterdam Conservatory, Paris Conservatory, Toho Gakuen (Japan) and Beijing Central Conservatory.

Mr. Cheung endorses Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo, and Innovative Percussion, which produces his signature mallet series. Mr. Cheung is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Percussion Area at the University of Oregon.

Mendi Singh

Mendi Singh, started learning the tabla drum from the age of 3 years old, today he is a versatile freelance percussionist who has over 30 years of experience touring around the world. Mendi performs nationally and internationally as a percussionist and has collaborated with high calibre artists such as Peter Gabriel,  Darius Brubeck,  Anada Shankar, Shalil Shankar and Malkit Singh MBE. 

He has performed in venues such a Gandhi stadium - India 2001, Chill Stadium - South America 2005,  Bellas Artist - Mexico City 2009 , Womad festival 2010, Victoria Town Hall - Brazil 2014,  Etihad Stadium - Manchester 2017, O2 arena - London 2017, Symphony Hall - Birmingham 2018  to name a few.  

In 2017 Mendi performed with Take That on the Wonderland arena and stadium UK and Ireland Tour playing to over half a million people. One of the shows, from the O2 arena, broadcast live in 600 cinemas around the world. 2020 In lockdown, Mendi produced a whole series of ambient Chillout tunes, you can listen on  https://soundcloud.com/menditabla 

Katarzyna Mycka

Critics have given the internationally renowned marimba virtuoso and chamber musician Mycka the sobriquet “she who dances with the mallets”: “the greatest fluidity”, “perfect mallet technique,” and a “marvelous, rhythmic precision” are characteristic for the musician, who is able to simultaneously produce up to six tones on her concert marimba with the sixty narrow wooden bars and resonance pipes.

Expert circles testify to the “extraordinary richness of tone quality” and “fascinatingly broad palette of musical effects” that the marimba, which is rarely heard as a solo instrument, produces under the whirling mallets of the musician from Stuttgart with Polish roots. Audiences are also enthralled by the artistic elegance and dance-like energy of her playing.

After receiving training in piano and drums, the artist born in 1972 discovered the marimba as her “ideal medium for musical expression” while studying at music academies in Gdansk, Stuttgart, and Salzburg. Numerous prizes and awards at international music competitions then followed: in 1995, first prize and audience prize at the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg for Marimba Solo, one year later first place at the First World Marimba Competition Stuttgart. Then followed stipends and invitations to master courses in the United States, Asia, and various European countries, through which the young musician soon developed a network in the music scene.

Appearances as a soloist at the most important marimba festivals (Osaka 1998, Linz 2004, Minneapolis 2010) as well as solo parts with well-known orchestras in many parts of the world (Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Bochum and Gšttingen Symphony Orchestras, Polish Chamber Philharmonic Sopot, Vienna, Prague and Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra (WKO), Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Israeli, Maribor, Neubrandenburg and Vogtland Philharmonic Orchestras, Folkwang Chamber Orchestra, RSO Luxemburg as well as diverse other Polish symphony orchestras) today make Katarzyna Mycka one of the leading pioneers in her still young instrument. The large concert marimba has only existed in its current form since the mid-1980s. Katarzyna Mycka, who was honored by the Polish Percussive Arts Society in 1999 as "Ambassadress of Polish Percussion Art,” emphatically promotes the popularization of the marimba. For her, this includes a commitment to training young players and participation in juries at international competitions, but in particular the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy (IKMMA), which she established in 2003. As per academic season 2018/19 Mycka is a professor at Stanislaw Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk.

The artist’s multifaceted solo program includes not only transcriptions of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach or Sergei Prokofiev,but also original compositions by younger composers such as Emmanuel Séjourné or Anna Ignatowicz. The artist has in the meantime recorded a cross-section of her repertoire on nine CDs.

Katarzyna Mycka dedicates “a lot of time and enthusiasm” to collaborating with composers who “explore and understand the special and marvelous sound of the marimba.” In this, the guiding principle, says the musician to whom numerous concerts and chamber music works have been dedicated, is “musical trust.”

She also connects such trust with the renowned Mandelring Quartet, which has become a regular partner. The four strings and Mycka’s marimba are a highly unusual combination, which astounds and delights critics and audiences in equal measure “marvelously rich in tone..., always with elegant sound and in inspired communion.”

Joseph Pereira

Joseph Pereira (1974) enjoys a multi-faceted career as a timpanist/percussionist, composer, conductor, and educator. Pereira has been the Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2008.

As a versatile performer, Pereira is in demand as an orchestral timpanist, and a studio recording percussionist. In Los Angeles, he can also be found in the recording studios, recording for many major motion pictures. Previously Pereira was a member of the New York Philharmonic, from 1997 to 2008, as a timpanist and percussionist.

His line of signature timpani mallets by JGPercussion are sold worldwide. As a composer, Pereira’s music has been described as “restless yet lucidly textured” (The New York Times), “striking atmospherics of colour” (The Guardian), and “one sonic surprise after another” (The Los Angeles Times). His works have been commissioned and performed worldwide, most notably by the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, the Singapore Symphony, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series, the Miro Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and percussionist Colin Currie.

Pereira’s works can be heard on, Sono Luminus, Yarlung Records, Electrum Duo, and New Focus Recordings. His percussion works are published by Bachovich Music in the US, and Black Dot Press in London. He is managed by Price Attractions Artist Management. Please visit jpereiramusic.com.

John Wooton

John Wooton is a lover of music as he performs, teaches, and listens to a variety of genres, but prefers a blend of jazz and several Caribbean styles.  Known as a rudimental specialist, John actually gets more work as a singer and steel pan player.  So, when he isn’t flipping sticks and playing ratamacues around the globe, you can find him dressed in linen playing at a casino, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, or dressed in style playing at a jazz club in New Orleans. Otherwise you can find him on a basketball or tennis court trying to stay young.  An 81% free throw shooter and 4.0 tennis player, recently bumped down from a 4.5…, proof that age is winning.   

The past few years Dr. Throwdown has played paradiddles with stick tosses and hertas with “Hi Moms” as well as flam 5s and diminished scales on his steel pans, in places like The Forbidden City, Novi Sad, Ludz, Bucaramanga, Biella, San Juan, Missoula, Rome, Pescara, General Roca, Xinxiang, Buenos Aires, Lima, Houston, Gdansk, Vienna, Cali, Ferrara, Tegucigalpa, Port of Spain, Dallas, London, Mayagüez, Dusseldorf, McAllen, and many others. No, the countries are not listed… do your homework.  He is an international artist and clinician for several percussion companies, whole heartedly endorsing each one of them, not only for their wonderful products but for the support they all give to percussion education around the world.  Those companies are Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo, and Vic Firth. John also endorses Row Loff Productions, publisher for his books, solos and ensembles. Check out all their web sites, not only for wonderful products but also for their educational material.   

John is in his 29th year of teaching at Southern Miss, close to where he grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, so he gets to enjoy dat great Cajun cuisine and Miss’ippi bar-b-que. Doc, as his students call him, loves his job… making music with his students on various percussion instruments. Search Youtube for “Southern Miss Percussion” to enjoy some of the ensembles he teaches. He was educated in Lafayette, Lou., Denton, Texas and Iowa City, Iowa, receiving documents from all three places, but he was also educated by teachers such as Marty Hurley through the experience of drum and bugle corps, specifically one from Rockford, Illinois.  He has won some prestigious trophies, including several national titles as a soloist, ensemble member, composer and teacher, along the way with these organizations but prefers to play music for the joy of the experience.   

You can find John online at VicFirth.com, Youtube, drumeo.com, Soundcloud and johnwooton.com.

Colin Currie

Colin Currie Percussion Artist in Association, Southbank Centre, London Artistic Director, Colin Currie Group Artistic Curator, Grafenegg Academy.

Colin Currie is as solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, he is hailed as being “at the summit of percussion performance today” (Gramophone). Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and conductors and he performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestras.

A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, HK Gruber, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sir James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Helen Grime, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Andy Akiho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming seasons Currie will premiere new works by Bruno Mantovani, Danny Elfman, and Steve Reich.

In October 2017 Currie launched Colin Currie Records, in conjunction with LSO Live, as a platform for recording his diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music in recent times. The label's first release was the Colin Currie Group's debut recording, Steve Reich's Drumming, which was hailed as "thunderously exciting" (The Times). In October 2018 Currie released the second disc in this catalogue, The Scene of The Crime, with Håkan Hardenberger, the third release following in April 2019, Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, once again featuring the Colin Currie Group.

A major highlight of Currie’s 2020/21 season is the world premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s Percussion Concerto, Allegro Barbaro, with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in June 2021, following the postponement of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France’s premiere last season.

Currie also returns to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, performs with the Warsaw Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice and the Colin Currie Quartet make their Lithuanian and Hong Kong debuts.

Currie's dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally. The Colin Currie Group return to the Royal Festival Hall in April 2021 for an all-Reich programme including Music for 18 Musicians.

Currie is Artist in Association at London's Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014 and continues to perform there every season.

Colin Currie plays Zildjian cymbals and is a Marimba One Artist.

Dame Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists. Growing up on a farm in the north east of Scotland, Evelyn became drawn to percussion as her hearing declined because she could ‘feel the sound’. At the age of 16 she gained a place at The Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied orchestral percussion and piano. She quickly realised that there was a life for percussion outside the orchestra and became determined to define a new genre of solo percussion. Evelyn paved the way for orchestras globally to feature percussion concerti when she played the first percussion concerto in the history of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992.

A leading commissioner of new works, Evelyn has vastly expanded the solo percussion repertoire with more than 200 pieces to her name from many of the world’s most eminent composers. “It’s important that I continue to commission and collaborate with a diverse range of composers whilst recognising the young talent coming through”. Evelyn composes music for film, television, theatre and music library companies and is a double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee. She regularly provides masterclasses and consultations to inspire the next generation of musicians. ‘Listening is the backbone to every aspect of our lives. The challenges we face in business and at home can usually be overcome with better listening skills.’ The film ‘Touch the Sound’ and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her innovative approach to sound-creation.

Throughout her career, Evelyn has had the privilege of working with diverse artists from the worlds of pop, jazz, folk, classical and contemporary music. Evelyn’s solo recordings, which now exceed 40 CDs, are as diverse as her career on-stage. These range from original improvisations, collaborations, percussion concerti and ground-breaking modern solo percussion projects.

Leading 1000 drummers, Evelyn had the honour of collaborating with director, Danny Boyle, in her prominent role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“Playing at an event like that was proof that music really affects all of us, connecting us in ways that the spoken word cannot”. In 2018, Evelyn built upon this inter-disciplinary experience by composing the score for Gregory Doran of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s visionary new production of Troilus and Cressida. The Evelyn Glennie Podcast was launched in 2020 featuring popular personalities from the worlds of music, television and academia. The episodes centred around what listening means to different people and its importance in everyday life. Subsequent series are being planned with a wider range of guests.

Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. She was recently appointed the first female President of Help Musicians, only the third person to hold the title since Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Evelyn is the patron of several charities and regularly participates in events to raise money and awareness for organisations such as Great Ormond Street Hospital, Rett UK and Create.

Evelyn is currently curating The Evelyn Glennie Collection. As a keen collector of percussion instruments, Evelyn has gathered a private collection of global instruments, consisting of over 2,000 items. “I realized as soon as my parents bought me my second pair of sticks that I was going to be a collector of something!” The collection also encompasses concert programmes, awards, photos, paintings, letters and scores spanning her remarkable career. Her vision is to open a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen. She aims to ‘improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening as proven in her book ‘Listen World!’. We want to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower’. ‘

My career and my life have been about listening in the deepest possible sense. Losing my hearing meant learning how to listen differently, to discover features of sound I hadn’t realized existed. Losing my hearing made me a better listener.’

Evelyn lives in the beautiful countryside of Cambridgeshire in the East of England.

Emmanuel Sejourne

Emmanuel Séjourné is a musician of international renown who leads a triple career as a composer, percussionist and teacher. His career ranges from classical music to improvised music. He has been awarded prizes for Best Music for Drama at the Festival d’Avignon, the Prix de l’Academie du Disque Français, as well as the Repertoire Prize, awarded by the French Music Publishers, for his composition « Khamsin ». He participates in the CD « the Concert » of the guitarist Friedemann for wich he wins « German Jazz Award Gold ».

His music is rhythmic, romantic, energetic, inspired both by the Western classical tradition and by popular culture (jazz, rock, extra-Européan).

Many orchestras include his music in their repertoire: RadioSinfonieOrchester Stuttgart, Nagoya Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, Sinfonia Toronto, Croatian Radio Television Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Italienne, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Camerata de Bourgogne, Sofia Soloists, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, de Cannes, Nice, Pau, Mulhouse, Bochumer Symphoniker, Wurttembergisches Kammerorchester, Paris Brassband, as numerous additional ensemble.

Acclaimed by members of the percussion community, his works have been commissioned and recorded by many artists including Bogdan Bacanu et Wave Quartet (Genuin Classics 2016), Christoph Sietzen (Genuin Classics 2017) Alexej Gerassimez (Genuin Classics 2012) Gary Cook, Ju-Percussion group, Nancy Zeltsman, Marta Klimasara, Katarzyna Mycka.

His Concertos for percussion are a great success, whether for vibra and strings (1999) as his double-concerto for vibra, marimba & symphonic orchestra played since its creation in 2012 in Bulgaria, then in China, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Turkey, Latvia, Korea and France. His concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, commissioned and performed by Bogdan Bacanu, has since 2005 become an major work of the marimba repertoire, played more than 600 times with orchestra.

Far from being limited to the world of percussion Emmanuel Séjourné also composed many pieces for symphonic orchestra (Ketsana) as well as chamber music (commissioned by the Paris Opera and the Contrastes duet) as well as pieces for choir (commissioned by INECC Europeen Institut for Choir). Fascinated with the relations between various forms of artistic expression, he writes music for theater and television. He composed the music for the Ballet du Rhin’s performance « les envahisseurs », played during the two thousandth anniversary of the city of Strasbourg, and in 2004, he wrote a musical comedy « School Boulevard » commissioned by National Theater Luxembourg.

Simultaneously, Emmanuel Séjourné makes a career as an instrumentalist. As a soloist, as well as with the ensemble Accroche-Note, he has so far premiered over hundred pieces of music (Donatoni, Manoury, Fedele, Hurel…) including concertos, chamber music and solos.

Eager to share and communicate his passion, Emmanuel Séjourné is also Head Teacher of Percussion Department at the Strasbourg Superior Academy of Music & arts and Associate Professor at HEMU Lausanne. His Master Classes are extremely successful all over the world. He is often invited to sit on jurys for numerous international ARD Munich, Geneve, Tromp, Salzburg.?In tribute to his many activities, he is named « DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA » by the National Academy of Music of Bulgaria.

Jason Huxtable

Jason is a member of the Maraca2 percussion duo. Maraca2 have performed across the world at major percussion festivals including an evening concert at PASIC. More recent adventures include concerto performances internationally including with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Maraca2 have given masterclasses and percussion clinics at over 60 universities around the world across multiple continents. The duo have travelled to over 30 countries to date, sharing their passion for percussion. Maraca2 initiated the WPG project in 2015 to support the next generation of international artists and percussion educators. In addition to his activity with Maraca2, Jason has performed with a huge variety of ensembles and has appeared at many of the UK's premier festivals across pop/rock (Glastonbury Festival, Bloodstock), jazz (Cheltenham Jazz, London Jazz Festival), world music (London Mela, Indian Film Awards) and classical (BBC proms, CBSO, RSC) styles. 

An an educator, Jason has taught at a wide variety of Universities and Conservatoires across the UK since 2005 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Current roles include as percussion tutor at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, University of Leeds and University of Oxford. He is also currently Senior Lecturer in Popular Music Performance at Leeds Arts University. Jason speaks regularly at academic conferences internationally in the areas of musical linguistics, critical pedagogy and music education. Upcoming research outputs include publications within peer-reviewed journals, chapters for books and conference presentations. Jason assesses internationally and is an adjudicator for music competitions including the BBC Young Musician of the Year percussion heats. Jason studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is an Honorary Member of the institution, awarded for success within the music industry since graduation.

For more information, please visit www.jasonhuxtable.com 

Alexej Gerassimez

Alexej Gerassimez, Multipercussionist Percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, born 1987 in Essen, Germany, is as multi-faceted as the instruments he works with. His repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and jazz to minimal music whilst also performing his own works.

As a soloist, Alexej Gerassimez is a guest with internationally renowned orchestras (including NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Münchner Philharmoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, SWR Symphonieorchester, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin) under the baton of conductors such as Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Jonathan Stockhammer, John Axelrod and Michel Tabachnik.

The Düsseldorf Tonhalle has commissioned a new percussion concerto for Alexej Gerassimez from the New Zealand composer John Psathas. The world premiere will take place in June 2020 as part of the worldwide "Pastoral Project", which was launched jointly with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat on occasion of the celebrations for Beethoven's 250th birthday (BTHVN 2020).

Alexej Gerassimez will follow in the 2019-2020 season as a soloist invitation to orchestras in Germany, Greece, France and Finland. He is also a soloist and an enthusiastic chamber musician. His partners include pianists Arthur and Lucas Jussen and jazz pianist Omer Klein. With the SIGNUM saxophone quartet, Alexej Gerassimez will embark on a "journey through the universe" in the newly conceived programme "Starry Night" from January 2020.

Highlights of the 2018-2019 season included Alexei Gerassimez's Japanese debut, the start of a three-year residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund as "Junger Wilder" and participation in the three-year sponsorship program of the "stART academy von Bayer Kultur". Alexej Gerassimez celebrated great successes in spring 2019 with his new concept program "Genesis of Percussion" at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Heidelberger Frühling.

His own compositions are characterized by the exploration of rhythmic and acoustic possibilities as well as by the creation of individual sounds and the joy of crossing borders. Accordingly, Alexej Gerassimez integrates not only the usual percussion and melody instruments but also objects from different contexts such as bottles, brake discs, barrels or ship propellers. His first CD published by GENUIN, which also includes his own works, was received enthusiastically by the press.

Concerts have led the winner of the ARD Music Competition to China, South Korea, the USA, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and to festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, the Bonn Beethovenfest and the Niedersächsische Musiktage. He is a regular guest at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and in the summer of 2017 he performed over 20 concerts as artist in residence.

In January 2017 Alexej Gerassimez participated in Sasha Waltz's choreographic and musical exploration of space as part of the opening ceremony of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Since then he has performed amongst other things as a soloist with the NDR Radio Philharmonic under We ask you kindly to print, reproduce or publish this biography without making any changes. Omissions and modifications are permitted only after consultation with the Konzertdirektion Goette. www.goette.de the direction of Tan Dun in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie and will return there in June 2020 together with the SIGNUM saxophone quartet.

Since November 2017 Alexej Gerassimez is professor for percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.

Svet Stoyanov

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in modern percussion.

Winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Svet was also presented with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Award. His career highlights feature solo concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle, and the American Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo performances in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Taiwan National Concert Hall amongst many others worldwide. Some of the conductors he has performed with include James Conlon, Cristian Macelaru, Gerard Schwarz, Oliver Knussen, Marin Alsop and Pierre Boulez. Svet Stoyanov has recorded for numerous labels, featuring Telarc, Naxos and Bridge Records. His albums Percussive Counterpoint, as well as Textures and Threads were broadcast internationally and applauded for their artistic integrity and virtuosic ingenuity.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Svet has commissioned a significant body of solo and chamber works. An upcoming highlight commission is a Double Percussion Concerto, written for Mr. Stoyanov by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The work will be premiered with Co-Soloist Matthew Strauss and the Houston Symphony Orchestra in 2022.

Recent highlight projects feature the commission and performances of Sideman: a percussion concerto written for Svet Stoyanov by Grammy-winning Composer Mason Bates. Sideman was performed in Miami, The Kennedy Center, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center and in Baltimore City. It was also recorded by Svet for an upcoming CD release.

Svet Stoyanov is a proud founding member of the groundbreaking project The Percussion Collective. This group features some of the finest percussionists in the world. With The Collective, Svet recently toured China and premiered Christopher Theofanidis’ Drum Circles Concerto with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include concerto performances with the Louisville, Baltimore, Hartford and The Curtis Symphony Orchestras. The Collective will tour Europe in 2022, visiting London, Munich, Vienna and Amsterdam.

An inspiring project of Svet’s features the release of multiple audio/video recordings, under the umbrella of Elemental Culture. This project embraces the cinematographic video capturing of actual musical recording sessions. It strives to deeply immerse the listener, by allowing them to also witness the intimate visual moments of musical creation. Among the featured titles is a special collaboration with European marimba virtuoso Katarzyna Mycka – a duo recording of Passacaglia by Anna Ignatowicz Glinska, as well as the percussion quintet Kyoto, by John Psathas – composer of music for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.

Alongside his diverse international career, Svet Stoyanov is the Director and Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, where he has collaboratively built a most unique and innovative modern percussion program. Students of Svet Stoyanov hold positions in major orchestras, educational institutions, and have won numerous prestigious competition prizes worldwide.

Svet endorses some of the finest percussion instruments and products today, namely Adams, Remo, Zildjian and Pearl.

He has performed over one thousand recitals and has presented more than three hundred masterclasses worldwide. Svet’s artistic mission is committed to the purity, quality and virtue of music.

Johan Bridger

“For his intense personal expression, brilliant technical mastery and overpowering stage presence.” Thus read the judges’ citation for the percussionist and marimba artist Johan Bridger as he received the 2004 Swedish Soloist’s Prize. In the same year he managed to win 1st prize in the Belgium International Marimba Duo Competition and make a grandiose debut at both the Wigmore Hall in London and PASIC in the US. Since then Bridger has given numerous critically praised performances, both nationwide and internationally; throughout Europe, in Russia, Japan and the US.

Bridger has performed at major venues, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Mariinsky Theatre and Carnegie Hall and collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists including Thomas Søndergård, Mats Rondin, Eva Ollikainen, Hans Pålsson, Per Tengstrand, Hugo Ticciati, Urban Agnas and Håkan Hardenberger. He has also made several appearances as a soloist on Swedish Radio’s classical music station and on Swedish Television.

Born in Sweden 1976, Johan Bridger received his education from Malmö Academy of Music and Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers were Lennart Gruvstedt, Leigh Howard Stevens and Professor Michael Burritt. As a true percussion virtuoso, Bridger embraces – and masters – an extensive repertoire, from J.S. Bach to contemporary and new music and is privileged to premier works by leading composers, such as Alejandro Vinao, Pius Cheung, Marcin Blazewitz, Daniel Börtz, Staffan Storm and Tobias Broström.

In addition to his own ceaseless exploration of the marimba and the overall percussionist’s world, Bridger seeks to inspire others by giving both lectures and master classes, in Sweden and abroad. He also teaches at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Odense, The Malmö Academy of Music and Sundsgarden School of Music.