The World Percussion Group

Assembling the world’s elite

Artistic Director: Tim Palmer (Maraca2 Percussion Duo)


WPG 2024 Academy Coaches

Christoph Sietzen (Austria / Luxembourg)

"(...) he took up position at a marimba and coaxed from it sounds of rapturous fragility.” (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times)

...this most questing of younger percussionists.“ (Richard Whitehouse, Grammophone)

Christoph Sietzen has been praised by the media as an outstanding talent – a refreshingly natural musician noted for his technical mastery and powerful stage presence. He gave his debut at the Salzburg Festival at the age of 12 and was a prizewinner at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in 2014. In 2018, he was awarded the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) Young Artist Award and the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) named him a Rising Star for the 2017/18 season. Furthermore, Christoph received an OPUS KLASSIK for Newcomer of the Year 2019.

Christoph regularly performs at prestigious venues such as Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Salzburg's Great Festival Hall and Mozarteum, Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London's Barbican Centre, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Cologne's Philharmonie, M,üpa Budapest Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Stockholm Konserthuset, Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntory Hall in Tokyo as well as at festivals like Salzburg or Grafenegg.

His orchestral collaborations include the Bavarian, Austrian and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg as well as the Academy of Ancient Music with conductors like Ilan Volkov, Marin Alsop, Howard Griffiths, Yutaka Sado, Frank Strobel, Alexander Liebreich or Cristian Mandeal. As an active chamber musician he works with musicians like Tabea Zimmermann, Clemens Hagen, Peter Sadlo, Christian Schmitt, Maurice Steger, Maximilian Hornung, the multi-instrumentalist Hubert von Goisern as well as actors like Dörte Lyssewski and Karl Markovics.

Committed to expanding the existing percussion repertoire, Christoph's projects include new works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Andrea Tarrodi, Helmut Schmidinger, Emmanuel Séjourné, Ivan Boumanns, Jakob Gruchmann, Alexander Mullenbach, Christoph Ehrenfellner, Ingo Ingensand und Alexander Wagendristel as well as Stewart Copeland (formerly of the rock band 'The Police'), all of whom have composed for him.

Furthermore he is member of the marimba ensemble „The Wave Quartet“, founded by Bogdan Bacanu in 2008 and initiated the percussion ensemble „Motus Percussion“.

Christoph's 2017 solo album 'Attraction' received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award, describing the recording as "a stupendous solo performance in every respect”. His first concerto recording featuring concerti by Avner Dorman and Einojuhani Rautaavara was followed by his most recent album „Silence", released by Sony Classical in September 2019 covering solo repertoire as well as collaborations with Clemens Hagen, Bogdan Bacanu and the Academy of Ancient Music. Christoph also has a rich discography with The Wave Quartet.

A citizen of Luxembourg, Christoph was born in Salzburg in 1992. He started learning percussion at the age of six, double bass at the age of eight and later studied at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz with Bogdan Bacanu (Marimba) and Leonhard Schmidinger (percussion) as well as with Josef Gumpinger. He also followed his passion for the harpsichord to particularly focus on Baroque repertoire. From 2014-2019 he has held a teaching position at Vienna"s University for Music and the Performing Arts and from 2020 at his Alma Mater.

Christoph Sietzen plays Adams Musical Instruments. 2021/2022

Ji Hye Jung (South Korea)

Ji Hye Jung is Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and principal percussionist with the west coast-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica. An advocate for new music, she has commissioned works by Kevin Puts, Emma O’Halloran, Annika Scolofsky, Bora Yoon, Molly Herron, Christopher Theofanidis, Alehandro Viñao, Lukas Ligeti, Paul Lansky, Jason Treuting, Michael Torke, David Bruce, Huang Ruo, and John Serry.

Ms. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition while completing a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. As an artist endorser, she proudly represents Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals. Ji Hye Jung is Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and principal percussionist with the west coast-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica. An advocate for new music, she has commissioned works by Kevin Puts, Emma O’Halloran, Annika Scolofsky, Bora Yoon, Molly Herron, Christopher Theofanidis, Alehandro Viñao, Lukas Ligeti, Paul Lansky, Jason Treuting, Michael Torke, David Bruce, Huang Ruo, and John Serry.

Ms. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition while completing a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. As an artist endorser, she proudly represents Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals.

Pius Cheung (China / Canada)

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.

Michael Burritt (USA)

Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship, Professor of Percussion, Eastman School of Music Having performed in four continents and more than forty states, Michael Burritt is one of his generation's most accomplished percussionists. He is in frequent demand performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Mr. Burritt has been soloist with the United States Air Force Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Nexus, Third Coast Percussion, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany) and the Amores Percussion Group (Spain). Mr. Burritt has three solo as well as numerous chamber recordings. In 2018 he recorded his Home Trilogy with the world renown percussion group Nexus and is soon to release a new recording of solo and chamber works by Alejandro Viñao with the Grammy Award winning Third Coast Percussion. Burritt just recently premiered Fast Forward, a new chamber concerto written expressly for him by Pulitzer Prize winning Composer Joseph Schwantner.

He has been a featured artist at nine Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Mr. Burritt has extensive chamber and orchestral experience and has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Chicago Symphony, Nexus, Third Coast Percussion and The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with three concertos to his credit as well as numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are frequently required repertoire on international competitions. Commissions include The World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart Germany, The Paris International Marimba Competition, Nexus and Paris Percussion Group. Zildjian recently commissioned Burritt to compose a work in celebration of the company’s 400-years anniversary in 2023. Mr. Burritt is published with Keyboard Percussion Publications, C. Alan, Masters Music and Innovative Percussion. Burritt is also an artist/clinician and product design/consultant for Malletech, where he has developed his own line of marimba mallets and the MJB Signature Marimba. He is an artist/educational clinician with the Zildjian, Evans, and Yamaha Drums. Mr. Burritt is currently the President of Percussive Arts Society, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1996 – 2008. He was also a contributing editor for Percussive Notes Magazine from 1991 - 2006 and chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee from 2004 – 2010.

Burritt currently holds the Paul J. Burgett Distinguished Professorship and is Professor of Percussion at The Eastman School of Music where he is only the third person in the history of the school to hold this position. Prior to his appointment at Eastman, Mr. Burritt was Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University from 1995-2008 where he developed a program of international distinction. Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Tim Palmer (United Kingdom) - WPG Artistic Director

Tim began his percussion studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2000. He graduated with a 1st class BMus(Hons) and AdvPgdip with Distinction in 2006. Upon leaving the Conservatoire, he was awarded an Honorary Member of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (HonBC).

Tim is widely recognised for his activities as half of the Maraca2 Percussion Duo. Since it’s inception in 2003, the group have toured the globe and have headlined at many of the world's prestigious festivals. In 2006, the group opened and performed the opening ceremony of the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham. They have performed as an evening headline act as part of the PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in Indianapolis, 2013 and have visited over 60 universities and conservatoires worldwide.

Maraca2 have recently become active as soloists with orchestras and have just performed their first Percussion Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. They also appeared as soloists with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pascal Rophé in 2019.

Nancy Zeltsman (USA)

Nancy Zeltsman has been a leading marimba specialist for over 40 years. She has premiered over 130 solo/chamber marimba works including compositions by Gunther Schuller, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Andriessen, Paul Simon, Carla Bley, and Steven Mackey. She has performed and taught across the U.S. and Europe, and in Japan, China, Mexico, and Brazil.

Nancy formed Marimolin with violinist Sharan Leventhal in 1985. The duo was extremely active for its first 11 years and has performed occasionally since 2015. Zeltsman released several CDs as a soloist and with Marimolin and others. Recent albums are “American Gifts for Marimba Duo” with Jack Van Geem (Bridge, 2020); and “purple music,” a (mostly-) solo album (self-issued, 2023).

Since 1993, Zeltsman has taught at joint institutions Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee College of Music. Since 2013, she has been regular guest professor of marimba at Conservatorium van Amsterdam; and a regular Guest Artist at University of Michigan since 2021. Nancy founded and served as Artistic Director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival which was attended by over 600 participants between 2001 and 2018.

Zeltsman was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2022 (the seventh woman among more than 150 individuals in its 50-year history). Nancy is a Pearl/Adams artist; the Nancy Zeltsman Signature Marimba was released by Adams Musical Instruments in 2021. Her popular line of signature mallets by Encore Mallets is available through Salyers Percussion. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. More at: nancyzeltsman.com.

Colin Currie (United Kingdom)

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 (United Kingdom)

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 Séjourné (France)

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.

Kai Strobel (Germany)

Kai Strobel is 1st place winner and recipient of the audience award at the 68th ARD Music Competition 2019 and winner of the 2018 TROMP Percussion Competition in Eindhoven.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, the Asko| Schönberg Orchestra, the Musicum Collegium Basel and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, among others.

He is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the German Music Competition, and an honoree of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.

He holds a Professorship at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano and got appointed International Visiting Tutor at the RNCM Manchester. As a lecturer and soloist, Kai Strobel regularly appears as a guest at music festivals in France, Croatia, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, USA, Portugal, Hungary and Germany. Furthermore he established his own Percussion Academy for young students in Stuttgart/ Germany, which had its first turn during the corona pandemic.

Kai received his first lessons from Marta Klimasara in Stuttgart. Since 2012, Kai Strobel has studied percussion at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz under Leonhard Schmidinger and Bogdan Bacanu.

In addition to his solo career, Kai Strobel is looking to explore and expand further the possibilities of using percussion instruments in his chamber music groups, such as the Boum-Percussion Ensemble, for which he also regularly writes music and arrangements. In doing so, he aims to broaden the percussion repertoire with works by great composers. Kai takes inspiration from their ideas as well as from the developments which instruments have undergone. His arrangements of works by Claude Debussy have already been published.

Being endorsed by companies like ADAMS Musical Instruments, Zultan Cymbals and Meinl Percussion, Kai also does research on innovations in percussion instruments.

Eriko Daimo (Japan)

“...the demeanour and virtuosity of soloist Eriko Daimo made this a performance to remember. Watching and hearing the four mallets play slow-moving, long-line, four part harmony was extraordinary....” -The Irish Times

“Highly impressive. The delicate percussionist Eriko Daimo delivered her musical performance brimming with energy and superb dynamics.... The audience was ecstatic in its enthusiasm and would not let her leave the stage without an enchanting encore.” -Volksstimme

Praised for her ‘mesmerizing combination of sound and sight’ (Irish Times), the award-winning marimbist, Eriko Daimo, is one of the leading artists of her field.

Her recent performances include concerto performances with some of the world’s leading orchestras such as the RTE Ireland National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic in Finland, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Sophia Philharmonic in Bulgaria, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, Opole Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and Orchestra Nipponika among others; as well as recital tours over 25 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. She has given recitals and masterclasses in some of today’s most recognized percussion festivals, including the Taiwan International Percussion Convention, Italy PAS Percussion Festival, International Marimba Festival in Minneapolis, Internacional de Marimbistas in Mexico, Festival des Journees de la Percussion in Paris, Universal Marimba Festival in Belgium, KOSA International Music Festival in the US, International Percussion festival in Korea, International League of Artists Marimba Festival in Tokyo, Bamberg International Marimba Festival in Germany, and PASIC.

As an educator, she has given concerts and masterclasses at music institutions including the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Paris Conservatory, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, San Francisco Conservatory, Colburn Conservatory, Vienna Conservatory, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute, among others. Also, she has been presenting a series of masterclasses at New York University since 2013.

She served as a judge for the New York International Percussion Competition(2016, 2018), Percussion Arts Society International Percussion Competition(2011,2012, 2013, 2017), Majaoja Percussion Competition(Finland), Italy PAS Percussion Competition, Latin America Marimba Competition in Mexico, Bamberg International Marimba Competition(Germany), Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium, and International Percussion Competition in Poland.

As a student, she has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including 1st prizes at the International Marimba Competition 2004 in Belgium, Japan International League of Artists Competition, Japan PAS 20th Annual Percussion Solo Competition 2004, and Japan Soloist Music Competition and more.

Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Ms. Daimo began her musical studies at age five on the piano. She started studying the marimba when she entered high school in 1997, and went on to study at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and the Boston Conservatory.

Ms. Daimo is an endorser of Marimba One, Zildjian company and Innovative Percussion Inc which produces her signature series mallets. She is on the faculty and Director of Marimba Studies at the New York University Steinhardt and faculty at The Juilliard School pre-college division.

Steven Schick (USA)

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 for nearly 50 years, and in 2014 was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

Steven Schick is Music Director Emeritus of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, serving as its Music Director from 2006-2022, and the Artistic Director Breckenridge Music Festival. He has guest conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He was Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players (2010-2018) and directed programs at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity from 2009-2019, the last three of which as Co-artistic Director, with Claire Chase, of the Summer Classical Music program.

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 “Weather Systems”: a retrospective series of recordings of solo percussion music in three parts with Islandia Music.

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

Theodor Milkov (Russia / Greece)

The Greek percussionist Theodor Milkov is widely recognized as one of the most innovative marimba players in the world. Well-known for his pianistic approach to the instrument, revolutionary ideas and technical abilities, he has succeeded in bringing the art of marimba performance to entirely new heights.

Milkov's repertoire includes virtuosic transcriptions of music originally written for harpsichord and piano, as well as contemporary compositions dedicated to himself. Milkov began his percussion studies at the age of seven at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, Greece, under the supervision of his stepfather Maxim Mankovski. Subsequently, he studied at the Musikhochschule Detmold (Germany), the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag and the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), taking lessons with prominent teachers such as Peter Prommel, Hans Zanderoep, Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagdegaal, Nick Woud and Gustavo Gimmeno.

In 2017, he hosted the first Milkov International Marimba Summer Academy (MIMSA) – a rigorous training course based on his method "4 Mallets Method - My Pianistic Approach" which was finally published in 2021 by Edition Svitzer. MIMSA quickly became one of the most popular annually recurring percussion events, attracting eager participants from all over the world: USA, Japan, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, China, Latvia and Hungary. Since 2021 Theodor Milkov is Guest Professor at Mediterranean Music College - Valencia Since 2017 Theodor is a Yamaha and Vic Firth/Zildjian artist.

Svet Stoyanov (Bulgaria)

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Bulgarian Percussionist Svet Stoyanov is a unique voice and driving force in modern percussion. A winner of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition and a recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni award, Svet’s unique artistic profile encompasses the roles of performer, producer, and educator.

His performing career highlights include concerto appearances with the Chicago, Seattle, American Houston Symphony Orchestra and many more, as well as solo performances at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Verizon Hall, Shanghai Symphony Hall, and Taiwan National Concert Hall, among others worldwide.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Svet Stoyanov has commissioned a significant body of works. Recent highlights feature Sideman Concerto by Mason Bates and Duo Duel – a double concerto by Pulitzer and Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon. Duo Duel was premiered in 2022 with the Houston Symphony. The premiere performances were recorded live and recently released on a Naxos CD album.

As a producer, Svet directed numerous works for The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music during virtual seasons of 2020 and 2021. In 2022, he collaborated with flutist Jennifer Grim on her acclaimed debut recording, Through Broken Time. Most recently Mr. Stoyanov produced and released the percussion masterworks “Kyoto” by John Psathas, and “Water” by Alejandro Viñao to a critical acclaim.

Svet Stoyanov is a founding member of the groundbreaking project The Percussion Collective – a collaboration featuring some of today’s finest percussionists. With The Collective, Svet recently toured China and premiered Christopher Theofanidis’ Drum Circles Concerto with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. The Collective is preparing for numerous releases and concerts, both in the USA and abroad.

Mr. Stoyanov is a Professor at the Frost School of Music, where collaboratively he has built one of today’s most innovative percussion programs, creatively bonding orchestral, solo and chamber music. Frost Percussion humbly enjoys a wonderful international reputation, with numerous of its graduates winning prestigious positions in Orchestras, Educational Institutions and Arts organizations.

Svet’s artistic mission is committed to the authenticity, virtue, and transformative power of music.

Garrett Mendelow (USA)

“A great groove and awareness of the ensemble.” - TROMP Jury 2012. “Fantastically gifted and refreshingly sincere.” - Grammy Award-winning percussionist Nick Terry. Garrett Mendelow is a solo and collaborative percussionist from the United States. Though his interest in percussion extends to many different facets of the art, he dedicates much of his time to contemporary and theatrical percussion performance practices and new music in a wide variety of settings. In the last decade, Garrett has appeared in national and international venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Venues include major concert halls, such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam, Hill Auditorium, the Vienna Muziekverein, and the Salzburg Großes Festspielhaus. Major festival appearances include the Cross-Linx Festival (2014), the Tromp Percussion Festival (2014), the Transplanted Roots Festival (2015), the International Society for Performing Arts convention in New York (2017), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2021).

He released an album for a solo vocalizing percussionist, Speaking to His Craft, in 2020, and his most recent album, KOMBOÏ, is dedicated to the percussion solos and collaborative duos of composer and architect, Iannis Xenakis. Garrett also has appeared with the Britten Sinfonia and Colin Currie, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Jason Richard Huxtable, Schlagwerk Den Haag, Sõ Percussion, and the Knights Chamber Orchestra of New York. Additionally, Garrett has an immense passion for teaching, and has been featured as a visiting guest artist and clinician at major universities and conservatories around the world, such as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Lyon, the Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victoria University of Wellington, the Mahidol University of Music, and the Tainan National University of the Arts. Garrett is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and Innovative Percussion.

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Anders Kann Elten (Denmark)

Anders Elten is a Danish percussionist and educator specializing primarily in the marimba. Since his early music studies, he has devoted himself to exploring and furthering the art of marimba playing.

In 2010, he enrolled in the percussion class at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, where he studied under the guidance of professor Gert Mortensen and Johan Bridger, graduating from the Soloist Class in 2019. During his time at the academy, he was the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including First Prize in the internal soloist competition, the internal ensemble competition as well as the annual concerto competition.

He has received the Third Prize and the Keiko Abe Honorary Award at the Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium, the Grand Prize in the ENKOR Music Competition, the Sonning Talent Prize, the Gladsaxe Music Prize as well as the prestigious Danish Radio P2 Talent Prize. He has also received the Aennchen and Eigil Harbys Foundation scholarship.

Anders Elten currently holds the position as marimba teacher at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, and from the fall of 2022, he will also serve as guest teacher at The University of Stavanger, Faculty of Performing Arts. He is also a regular guest teacher at Theodor Milkov's International Marimba Summer Camp (MIMSC).

Aside from teaching and performing, he also enjoys working with composers to expand the repertoire for the modern marimbist. He has premiered solo works by composers such as Benjamin de Murashkin and Jeppe Ernst, and in 2019 he premiered the first movement of Danish composer Daniel Fladmose's marimba concerto with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. In 2021, he and his longstanding duo partner Mathias Reumert commissioned and premiered a new work for percussion duo titled “ARGUMENTA”, written by the renowned French composer Philippe Manoury. 2021/2022

Alexander Smith (USA)

Alexander Montgomery Smith is a performing artist, educator, and artistic director, based in Bern, Switzerland, 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, Spain, England, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Canada, Austria, Slovenia, 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, as well as other prestigious competitions.

His repertoire ranges from 20th century master works such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, to the performance and advocacy of contemporary composers. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the University of Kentucky, of which he graduated Magna Cum Laude, Master of Music Performance from the University of Tennessee, Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practice from the Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland, and a Masters of Music Pedagogy (Classic). He is actively collaborating and performing with numerous ensembles and performers as a freelancer both locally and internationally.

Recently, he has appeared as the featured soloist for the 'World Percussion Group,' performing numerous concerts over a 4-week long international tour. Alexander has also earned numerous honors and awards for artistic interpretation and performance, and has recently been supported by the “miniMAX” Foundational Support for Artistic Excellence and the Hirschmann Stipendium for Outstanding Artistic Achievement. Alexander is a founding member of the ensemble "Shockwave," and currently serves as the assistant director of the ensemble.

He also pursues ambitious projects with his duo partner, Philippe Gaspoz, as they navigate the relationship between historical contemporary music and the most modern works of today. Alexander currently holds a position as a Lecturer in the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Popular Musik, at the Hochschule der Künste Bern. Focusing on interdisciplinary and contemporary projects, Alexander continues to pursue the forefront of contemporary music through his experimental approach to musical interpretation and performance.

Heigo Rosin (Estonia)

Heigo Rosin (1989) is the first solo percussionist to emerge out of Estonia. Despite his young age 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 high school.

As a renown soloist he has worked with numerous orchestras included MDR Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, Riga Sinfonietta, Kiev Soloists, Kymi Sinfonietta, 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, Paul Mägi and Lauri Sirp. 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 2017 in Berlin, 1st Prize at the Contemporary Music Competition De Linkprijs in the Netherlands (2013), 1st Prize at the Yamaha Scholarship Competition for Percussion (2013), 2nd Prize at the Estonian TV competition “Classical Stars” (2013).

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.

Nozomi Hiwatashi (Japan)

Born and raised in Saitama, Japan, Nozomi Hiwatashi is a YAMAHA and Kolberg Percussion Artist and is currently living and working in Stuttgart, Germany. Hiwatashi’s ambition and drive for the instrument has achieved her wide recognition in her field. She has received countless awards from various competitions and festivals that she has participated in. Most notably, she was recently awarded 1st Prize at the Southern California Marimba Competition 2021. Also she got the 2nd Prize and the Willem Vos Award at the prestigious TROMP International Percussion Competition Eindhoven, Netherlands. Other notable achievements include: Semi-Finalists at the 68th International ARD Competition in Munich, Germany, 1st Prize at the London Classical Music Competition, 2 Prize at the International Moscow competition 2021, 2nd Prize at the 14th Italy Percussion Arts Society Competition among others.

As an active member of the international music scene, Hiwatashi has played at many events from concerts and recitals, to various international music festivals around the globe. Some career highlights for Hiwatashi include; the 50th anniversary of the International Kolberg Festival (Germany), Worakls Europatour 2024,2023 and 2022, the International Festival Percussion PULSE 2020 in Kopenhagen (Denmark), matinée concert at the 68th ARD International Competition in München (Germany), and as a guest soloist with the Gala Orchestra at the University of Music Tokyo (Japan), as well as a guest soloist at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München (Germany).

She studied Tokyo college of music under Prof. Momoko Kamiya, Prof. Atsushi Sugahara and Syouichi Kubo for Bachelor degree. After that, she was 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. Martha Klimasara and Prof. Klaus Dreher, as well as receiving advice and support from Prof. Jürgen Spitschka.

Cameron Leach (USA)

American percussionist Cameron Leach is a bold performer recognized for his expressive virtuosity, musical athleticism, and daring interpretations. As a soloist and chamber musician, Leach has concertized in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared at some of the world’s most respected institutions, including the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Sibelius Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and notable halls such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Lila Cockrell Theater, Ohio Theatre, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Leach is the winner of both the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Solo Artist Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to his work as a concert artist, he also serves as Acting Principal Percussion with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and teaches at Capital University. Leach proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Rustic Percussion, and Malletech.

Le Yu (China)

Born in China. Le has travelled around world as a soloist, chamber musician and a educator. He has also enjoyed success in the competitions including Gold Medal at China National Percussion Competition; Winner of Italy PAS International Percussion Competition 2009 and Yamaha European Scholarship Competition 2012. He has been awarded as a Young Artist of Philanthropy in China by UNESCO in 2019.

Le has performed in front of the British Royal Family at the 60th Royal Over-seas League Competition Award Ceremony in London’s Southbank Centre, where he has won the first prize of mixed ensemble category with his Aurora Percussion Duo, they have also won the Park Lane Group Competition at Southbank Centre. The duo has been chosen by “Live Music Now” to deliver exciting projects to special educational needs across the UK. The Duo been invited to play at some of the best venues and festivals including Edinburgh International Festival, BBC In Tune, Cambridge Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, RNCM Day of Percussion and beyond.

As a concerto soloist, Le has premièred number of concertos including keiko abe’s The Wave marimba concerto in Asia, UK and America. He has worked with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, and BBC Singers. Le performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC Manchester, European Television 4 and CCTV Music. Le was a Soloist of 2016 World Percussion Group, he has been given Solo recitals, Masterclasses and ensemble concerts across the USA.

Le has been invited on the panel of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Since 2016, Le is a jury member of China National Percussion Competition, Southern Percussion International Competition and recently on the jury of Croatia International Percussion Competition Rhythm-O-Phonia. He has been invited to give Masterclasses in USA, Mexico, Singapore, UK, Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea and China.

Currently Le is the Professor and Deputy Head of Strings, Wind, Brass and Percussion also the Founding Director of Percussion at the School of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the Professor of Marimba at the Royal Northern College of Music in UK, where he was the Deputy Director of Percussion from 2019 until 2022. he was also the Marimba/Solo Percussion tutor at Chetham's School of Music from 2018-2022, he’s pupil Fang Zhang has won the BBC Young Music of Year 2020. he also holds Visiting Professorship at the Xi'an, Wuhan and Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. Le was the first percussionist has been awarded an Associate Member of the Royal Northern College of Music in 2020. He is an Yamaha Artist, Sabian Artist and Kolberg Percussion Artist

Hsin-Hsuan Wu (Taiwan)

Hsin-Hsuan is considered as one of the foremost percussionist among the new generation in Taiwan. Based in France from 2016, Hsin-Hsuan is currently a member in Les Percussions de Strasbourg. Meanwhile, she is teaching in the Conservatoire de Caen and is also the timpanist in the Orchestre de Caen.

After receiving the Artist Diploma from CNSMDL (Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon) from the class of Prof. Jean Geoffroy in 2018, she promptly joined the faculty and taught in CNSMD until 2021, the year which she has been assigned as professor at Conservatoire de Caen.

She started her career around the world as a soloist after winning the third prize in the International Percussion Solo Concerto Competition of PASIC in 2011. She was invited to hold recitals, masterclasses and to play concertos in Austria, France, Germany, Israel and Taiwan in numerous conservatories and festivals.

Later in 2017, she won the soloist prize in World Percussion Group and has performed concerts on the tour around Northern Europe. As for being a musician in chamber ensemble, she has been invited to play in different forms, such as duet and quartet, in China, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Taiwan and Thailand, etc. She was one of the musicians of Ju Percussion Group from 2005 to 2016 and has performed over 400 concerts around the world including China, Dominica, Korean, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Unite States.

From 2017, she joined Les Percussion de Strasbourg and has performed diverse concerts and all kinds of new creations throughout Europe. While building her career in Europe, Hsin-Hsuan kept her study and obtained her Doctor’s degree in 2020 from Taipei National University of the Arts, under the advising of Prof. Ju Tzong-Ching.

More information please visit the website: https://hsinhsuanwu.com/ hsinhsuanwu.com.

Grzegorz Chwalinski (Poland)

Born in 2000. Grzegorz Chwalinski is a Polish musician who actively participates at different musical festivals, events, concerts, competitions as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. He is a versatile percussionist practicing many contrasting styles in music. Since 2015 he has been recognized as a charismatic soloist and chamber musician in many national and international competitions.

He received, in 2018, the prestigious artistic scholarship “Young Poland” from the Polish Minister of Culture.

With his percussion trio Gang Ta, he won the third-prize at the International Percussion Competition Luxemburg.

In August 2021, Grzegorz graduated the Bachelor degree in percussion department of prof. Gert Mortensen at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Since 2021, Grzegorz is continuing his studies at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart in the class of prof. Marta Klimasara and prof. Klaus Dreher. In 2021, Grzegorz Chwalinski is selected as a soloist for the World Percussion Group for 2021 season and young artist of the Kolberg Percussion.

His other accolades include second-prize as a soloist at the Inernational Percussion Competition Shanghai and third-prize at the Majaoja International Percussion Competition in Tampere. In 2023, Grzegorz received a prestigious scholarship “DAAD prize for outstanding achievements by foreign students”.

For the season 2023/2024, he won the audition for International Ensemble Modern Akademii in Frankfurt. He cooperates and performes with National Philharmony in Warsaw, CopenhagenPhil, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Opera, Bayerische Philharmonie, The Warsaw Chamber Opera, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Caleb Pickering (USA)

Caleb Pickering (b. 1990) is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. A frequently requested guest artist and clinician, Caleb’s works have been regularly performed internationally, including performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and Phonon Percussion Festival (Taiwan).

Caleb was the 2019 composer-in-residence for the World Percussion Group, and regularly receives commissions from universities and professional ensembles throughout the US and abroad, as well as numerous commissions from individuals. Caleb can also be heard as a co-host on the @Percussion Podcast.

Caleb received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from James Madison University and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Caleb holds artist sponsorships with Tama | Bergerault, Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion, and Beetle Percussion.. .

Filip Korošec (Slovenia)

Filip Korošec is a percussion soloist, chamber musician, and educator located in Stockholm. He has been recognised as "one of the most exciting, up-and-coming percussionists in Sweden" (Dagens Nyheter).

He has established himself as a versatile and accomplished soloist, collaborating with many orchestras in Sweden and abroad, including Blåsarsymfonikerna, Marinens Musikkår, Arméns Musikkår, Göteborg Wind Orchestra, Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker, O/Modernt chamber Orchestra, Kungl. Musikhögskolan's Symphony orchestra, and Wind band of Academy for Music Ljubljana. In addition to his successful solo career, Filip Korošec is an active educator. He has given guest lectures at several universities and other institutions across Europe. Notable masterclasses, clinics, and individual lessons include: Royal College of Music London (2023), Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2023), Högskolan för Scen och Musik Göteborg (2024), Örebro Musikhögskolan (2024), Conservatory for Music and Ballet Maribor (2023), and Kungl. Musikhögskolan Stockholm (2022).

Filip Korošec's contributions to percussion have earned him various awards and medals. He competed in Ung och Lovande 2023 as a member of Peaux Duo alongside Rasmus J. Hansson. He won Blåsmusikpriset 2021, was a semi-finalist for Solispriset 2021, received the Marimba One Excellency award (2018), and was a semi-finalist at IPCL Luxembourg that same year.

Elliott Gaston-Ross (UK/Ireland)

Elliott Gaston-Ross is a British/Irish percussionist. Elliott received the highest marks in his Bachelor degree in Percussion, Masters degree in Percussion and Masters degree in Orchestral Studies at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz. He also received an Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Elliott has won prizes in prestigious solo competitions including the TROMP International Percussion Competition Eindhoven 2018 (3rd Prize and Jan Pustjens Press Prize), the Percussive Linz International Marimba Competition 2015 (Semifinalist and Special Prize) and the BBC Young Musician 2014 Competition (Percussion Winner and Concerto Finalist). He also appeared as a Solo Artist with the World Percussion Group 2021 and won a scholarship at the Yamaha Music Europe Foundation competition in February 2023. As a soloist, Elliott has performed with orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Asko Schönberg Chamber Ensemble.

As a freelance orchestral percussionist and timpanist, Elliott has appeared with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He also held the Percussion Academy position and a timed contract for timpani and percussion with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. Elliott has toured with youth orchestras including the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He was also selected for the London Symphony Orchestra Timpani and Percussion Academy and the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Fellowship scheme for timpani and percussion.

Since 2023, Elliott has been an artist for Infinity Percussion mallets.

Ksenija Komljenovic (Serbia)

Ksenija Komljenovic, a Serbian percussionist, educator, and composer, earned acclaim as a prizewinner of the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg. She is the first Serbian woman with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Degree. Ksenija serves as a faculty member at the renowned University of North Carolina School of the Arts, following four years of teaching at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Ksenija's dedication to contemporary and chamber music, alongside intercultural collaborations, is evident in her ensembles Vesna Duo and PNEUMA, bringing together exceptional performers from five countries. Her bold arrangements of classical, contemporary, jazz, and folk music enrich the repertoire and bring a unique flair to their performances. Ksenija's marimba and piano arrangement of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, featured on Vesna Duo's debut album, was described as "impressively reconfigured" and "smashingly effective" by The Wall Street Journal.

Ksenija initiated cultural-exchange projects between the U.S. and Serbia, including the first drumline camp and contemporary percussion workshop in her home country. Her international presence includes hundreds of performances and over 50 masterclasses in Hong Kong, England, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States, and Serbia. As a composer, she draws inspiration from her Slavic and Balkan roots, as seen in her works Slavdom for Wind Band and Epilog [Epilogue].

Tanel-Eiko Novikov (Estonia)

Tanel-Eiko Novikov (2000) is an acclaimed Estonian percussionist, who gained wider recognition as a soloist after winning the TV competition “Classic Stars 2018” organised by Estonian Public Broadcasting and Concert Estonia, and representing Estonia at the “Eurovision Young Musicians 2018” competition in Scotland.

Among recent achievements are reaching the finals of the prestigious 7th World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, winning the 1st prize at the 19th Italy Percussion Competition, 2nd prize at the Southern California Marimba Competition 2023, receiving the 2023 Yamaha Scandinavian Scholarship Award and being the co-principal of the World Percussion Group 2023 tour in Southern Europe.

Tanel performs actively all across Estonia, most notably having played solo recitals in the Estonia Concert Hall, Vanemuise Concert House and Jõhvi Concert House as part of a tour organised by Concert Estonia, and the 1st studio of the Estonian Radio, celebrating the 24th birthday of the Estonian Classical Radio. He has also repeatedly played as a soloist in the other Baltic countries, Scandinavia and farther in Europe, as well as at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Henry Crown Hall at the Jerusalem Theatre, Israel. He has played with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and Helsinki Police Orchestra among others.

As a chamber musician, Tanel actively performs in various collectives across northern Europe. Among others, he has formed an innovative percussion duo with Lauri Metsvahi which also includes virtual reality musical instruments, a percussion duo with Heigo Rosin, and is a founding member of the Estonian Percussion Group, which has been selected into the residency program of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for 2023-2025.

Tanel started his studies at the Tallinn Music High School. In 2019, he continued his studies in Sweden at the Sundsgarden Folk High School, and is currently studying in The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Tanel - Eiko Novikov is a Yamaha artist. 

Fabien Ziegler (Switzerland)

Fabian Ziegler (*1995) completed his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts from 2014 to 2021 with Professors Klaus Schwärzler, Benjamin Forster, Raphael Christen, Rainer Seegers and Martin Grubinger Junior.

Ziegler has already gained a lot of experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. As a soloist he has already played with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Argovia Philharmonic, as well as other Swiss orchestras and has been a guest in renowned venues such as the Tonhalle Zurich, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Berliner Philharmonie, the KKL Lucerne, the Lincoln Center in New York City and many more. Debuts with the Orchestra Wellington, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Zürcher Singakademie, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana will follow in 2022 and 2023. With renowned composers such as Arash Safaian, John Psathas, Serj Tankian and many more he is committed to create a new repertoire for percussion – solo, chamber music and concertos.

As a chamber musician, Fabian Ziegler is active in TrioColores, he co-founded in 2018, and with his partner Akvile Šileikaite, as well as with many other formations. Awards include different successful competition as a soloist but also with his chamber ensembles. .