Performers

Ludwig Albert

Internationally highly acclaimed as a virtuoso and devoted pedagogue, Ludwig Albert belongs throughout the world as Belgian leading marimbist with the absolute topflight of marimbists nowadays. Well-known as one of the rare lyrical performers, he’s praised worldwide for his unique sound and his pedagogical contribution in future marimba play with his pioneering movement method, reaching for an ultimate sound and musical performance.
He appeared over a decade as Yamaha artist, signed up from 2010 as endorsing artist of Adams Company and assisted in the creation of his own new marimba concert model. He’s the first European marimbist using special designed decors and light-effects during his audio-visual productions to attract a larger audience. He astonished the audience by playing in première the marimba with 8 mallets. Over last ten years he performed several Int. tours as a soloist and with the cooperation of significant guest artists, ensembles & orchestras. Due to his continual successful presentations, he’s receiving repeatedly invitations Worldwide as a regular guest to perform concerts and master classes at most significant festivals and universities in Belgium, Spain, France, Argentine, Mexico, Russia, Japan, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, USA, China, Taiwan, Australia, Netherlands, Uruguay, Korea, Hong-Kong, Germany, Italy, Poland, Lithuania etc… He knew to establish a status for his tremendous successful pioneering presentations in some countries such as Mexico, Russia, Uruguay... He‘s related as titular professor marimba at the Belgian Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and the Lemmens institute in Leuven. He’s guest professor at the “Universidad Nac. del Artes” in Chiapas, doctorandus at the University Antwerp and serves as president and founder of the Percussive Arts Society- chapter Belgium. He appeared as a jury member at international competitions in Russia, Belgium, Spain, Mexico, France, Italy, Croatia, Lithuania…

Chin Cheng Lin

Taiwanese marimbist Chin Chin Lin is recognized worldwide for possessing a talent of uncommon ability and as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews he has received for both his live performances and recordings, as a result of Lin’s succession in marimba, he received a “ European Soloist Champion Award” in 2007, “Culture Outstanding Award” by the Taipei Representative Office in Belgium and Europe for promoting the Taiwanese arts and invited to perform for the Belgian Royal Family. Frequently praised for his musical and technical mastery, Mr. Lin is also lauded for his imaginative and illuminating interpretations of the marimba repertoire.

Bogdan Bácanu Romania

His first engagement as percussionist of the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra George Enescu comes in 1988, aged 13. He starts touring with them. He takes lessons from renowned teachers like Keiko Abe (Japan), Siegfried Fink (Germany), until he starts studying with Peter Sadlo at the University Mozarteum Salzburg (Austria). In 1996 Bogdan Bácanu obtains the Keiko Abe Prize at the World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart (Germany). In the same year he founds his ensemble Prisma Percussion with a formidable innovative repertoire. With them he has already played around the world. Between 1997 and 2004 Bogdan Bácanu teaches masterclasses.

Ivana Bilic Croatia

Born in 1970. in a family of musicians. Ivana studied percussion with prof. Igor Lesnik and graduated percussion on the Zagreb Music Academy in 1993. She attended various master classes with K. Abe, S. Fink, K. Tresselt and J. Geoffrey.

Bilic was the member of Alpe Adria and Eurosong 1990. Orchestra.
1992-1993 she was 1. timpanist of the Zagreb Opera Orchestra.
Since 1996. Bilic is 1. timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio.
Ivana is also permanent collaborator of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and she is teaching at the Zagreb Music Academy.
Bilic regularly records for Radio and Television.

Kevin Bobo USA

KEVIN BOBO is one of America's top marimba artists. He is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas. He has performed all over the United States as a solo recitalist, clinician, and orchestral percussionist. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Wichita State University where he studied with J.C. Combs and a Masters Degree from Ithaca College where he studied with Gordon Stout. He has given solo marimba performances at the 1996 National Music Educators National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, the 1997 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Anaheim, California, the 1998 Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and the 2001 Bellingham Festival of Music in Bellingham, Washington. In 1994, he won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. He is two time winner of the Instrumental Division of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition (1996 & 1997) and was runner-up for the 1997 Percussive Arts Society Solo Marimba Competition. He has been recorded on several albums with world renowned artists such as Steve Houghton and J.C. Combs as well as having released his own solo marimba recording. As a composer, his music is currently made available through Studio 4 Music. Kevin is a Malletech Clinician/Recitalist and a Zildjian Educational Endorser, performing exclusively on Malletech Marimbas and Zildjian Cymbals.

Gary Burton United States

Born in 1943 and raised in Indiana, Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, Burton left his studies at Berklee College of Music to join George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964-1966.
In the '70s, Burton began his career with Berklee College of Music in Boston. Burton began as a teacher of percussion and improvisation classes at Berklee in 1971. In 1985 he was named Dean of Curriculum. In 1989, he received an honorary doctorate of music from the college, and in 1996, he was appointed Executive Vice President.
Burton began recording for GRP records in the '80s and '90s. In 1990, he paired up again with his former protege Metheny for Reunion, which landed him the top spot on Billboard magazine's jazz chart. Burton is now recording for Concord Records. Departure (Gary Burton & Friends) was released in 1997 by Concord Records as well as Native Sense, a new duet collaboration with Chick Corea, which garnered a Grammy Award in 1998.
For the future, Gary Burton plans to continue his dual careers as premier jazz vibraphonist and college vice president, performing concerts in South America, Europe, Asia, and the United States, and working closely with Berklee's college community. His next recording project is scheduled for release in spring, 2004.

Pedro Carneiro Portugal

Pedro Carneiro is one of the very few percussion players to have made an international career as a soloist, and has established himself as one of the world's foremost solo percussionists, performing regularly throughout Europe, the Far East and the USA.
Pedro Carneiro took up the piano at the age of five, later studying cello and trumpet. At the Conservatório Nacional in Lisbon he studied with his father and at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama (with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation) he studied percussion and conducting with David Corkhill and Alan Hazeldine, where he graduated in 1997 with the Head of Department Award As a guest teacher, Pedro has given masterclasses in many prestigious conservatoires and universities, such as the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music in London, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the São Paulo State University in Brazil, to name but a few.
Carneiro performs exclusively on Malletech marimbas and mallets, and on Zildjian cymbals.

Nathan Daughtrey United States

Young American marimbist Nathan Daughtrey has already achieved much success and acclaim as a solo performer.  He frequently appears as soloist and clinician in concert halls and universities throughout the United States.

In June 2002, Nathan Daughtrey became an international recording artist when he traveled to Eastern Europe.

In addition to these accomplishments, Mr. Daughtrey has been a featured guest artist at the 2003 Philidor Percussion Festival, the 2001 North Carolina Day of Percussion, the 2000 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy and the 1999 Percussive Arts Society International Convention “New Music Session” in Orlando, Florida.

Claire Edwardes

Australian percussionist, Claire Edwardes (b. 1975) obtained a Bachelor of Music (Hon 1 - 1997 Student of the Year) majoring in Percussion performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her teachers were Daryl Pratt and Richard Miller. She continued her post-graduate studies in 1999 at the Conservatories of Rotterdam and Amsterdam (The Netherlands) under the tutelage of Richard Jansen, Jan Pustjens and Peter Prommel, graduating with distinction in 2003 as a Masters of Music. In 2000 she attended Centre Acanthe (France) where she worked intensively with Steven Schick and in 2002 she attended the Kroumata Percussion Summer Master Course (Sweden).

David Friedman United States

David Friedman, internationally renowned vibraphonist, marimbist, composer and jazz educator, has his own musical message, born of fascinatingly diverse musical influences. Few jazz musicians can claim as broad a spectrum of performing and recording experience, with such varied musical personalities as Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Berio, Bobby McFerrin, Wayne Shorter and Yoko Ono. The list does not stop there. Friedman has been heard either live or on recordings
with, among others, Joe Henderson, Horace Silver, Johnny Griffin, Jane Ira Bloom, Ron Carter and John Scofield. His compositions are featured on Chet Baker`s award winning Enja release, Peace, with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Joe Chambers. Friedman is also the featured soloist on this recording.

Ingrid Gordon United States

A versatile performer, percussionist Ingrid Gordon most enjoys playing new music in small chamber groups. Her performance credentials include recitals at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series and the Orpheus Chamber Music Series, as well as a solo appearance with Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ingrid earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion from the University of Illinois. She holds her Bachelors degree and the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her Master's degree from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers have been Patricia Dash, John Beck and Tom Siwe.

Martin Grubinger Austria

From early on Martin showed an intense dedication for these instruments. Martin gave his first, very successful concerts at the age of five. When he just turned eight Martin played in the Austrian philharmonic youth orchestra conducted by Manfred Honeck. At the age of ten Martin Grubinger celebrated his first solo performance on stage, accompanied by a big orchestra.

At sixteen he also was the youngest finalist of the 2nd World Marimba Competition in Okaya/Japan, one of the most renowned competitions of marimbaphone, and he was a finalist in the competition of the European radio stations in Bergen/Norway. Since Martin turned thirteen he is studying at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz with the excellent professor of drums Prof. Leonhard Schmidlinger, kettledrum soloist at the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz, and with the Marimba virtuoso Bogdan Bacanu. Furthermore, his participation in master classes with Prof. Peter Sadlo, L.H. Stevens, and Prof. Keiko Abe represent important steps for Martin toward his musical and artistic development.

Babette Haag Gemany

"She is called "Wizard of the music world" and the newspapers (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung) certify her an electrifying enthusiasm combined with brilliant virtuosity.
She has studied classic percussion and timpani at the Music Academy in Freiburg/Breisgau and was solo timpanist of the Philharmony of the Nations (Justus Frantz) from 1990 to 1996. In 1991, she took part in the competition of the "Deutscher Musikrat" and was awarded a scholarship for the 36. National  Selection "Concerts of young people" in 1992/1993. Her interpretations - defined by a high musicality and an admirable sense of rhythm - brought her throughout Europe, Australia, and Asia. In addition, her artistic activity includes chambermusic (e.g., with the brothers Paratore and the Duo „Arparimba” - music for harp and marimba), as well as solo concerts with orchestra.In 1998 she released her first Solo-CD:"Magic Drums". Which was followed in 1999 by the first Duo-CD: "Arparimba - Music for Harp and Marimba".

Shinsuke Ishihara Japan

Born in Tokyo in 1975, he started to study music at age of four. In 1998, he graduated Toho Music University with the first prize. In 1999, Ishihara won the first prize in the All Japan Solist Competition, Marimba division. Also, he received "Grootste onderscheiding" from Belgium Royal Music Antwerpen Conservatorium.
Since then, he has been giving numerous concerts, and recordings. He appears in "Marimba Dancing", which is going to be released in March 2000. In April 2000, he will do recording with Momoko Kamiya and Ludwig Albert . Apart from his solo activigy, he has formed a duo with Ludwig Albert in 1999.
Ishihara studied marimba with Keiko Abe, Momoko Kamiya, Mutuko Fujii, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Katrina Mycka,Gordon Stout, Ludwig Albert, and percussion with Kyouiti Sano,Leo Oudrits,Koen Willmash, and the Vibraphone with Carlo Williams.

Javier Nandayapa

Javier Nandayapa started his musical career in 1989 with the famous Marimba Nandayapa ensemble, and has taken part in every concert, and international tour the group has carried out. With this ensemble he has made 16 recordings. He has performed in 35 countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, United States, and the American continent. In June of 1992, gave several workshops on Mexican marimba, and concert marimba, in different universities in the United States. From 1995, he offered lectures on Meso-American marimba. In 1999 he published, with the percussionist Israel Moreno, Método didáctico para marimba mexicana ("Didactic method for Mexican marimba"), the first work of its kind in Mexico.  He was awarded the National Arts and Culture Fund (FONCA) grant in 1995, 1997, 2001 and 2007, and the State of Mexico Arts and Culture Fund grant in 1999 and 2009.

Rebecca Kite United States

Rebecca Kite has been performing as a marimba soloist for twenty years, appearing in concert and in clinics across the United States and in Europe and Japan. Her music may be heard on her two solo marimba recordings, Across Time (1993) and Prism (1996). Kite has received two Master Fellowships as a marimba soloist from the Indiana Arts Commission and was a finalist in the 1986 Pro Musicus Competition. Recent premieres of solo marimba works include Recurrences by Bruce Hamilton (1999), Jazz Suite for Marimba by Joan Griffith (1998) her own composition For Alice (1998) and Ilijash, by Nebjosha Zivcovic (1996). She has performed in such venues as Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Kennedy Center, Vredenberg Hall in The Netherlands, and Sundin Hall in St. Paul, Minnesota as well as numerous colleges, high schools, art museums and Indiana state parks!

Jasmin Kolberg Germany

A most promising newcomer, Jasmin Kolberg has rapidly established herself as a marimbist in the
international concert scene. Her musical sensitivity, expressive phrasing and technical brilliance
make each concert a lasting experience.
Born into a musical family in 1974 in Stuttgart (Germany), she began at the age of seven to play
piano, violin and percussion. As a percussionist she earned first prizes in "Young Musicians"
competitions from early on.

Jasmin Kolberg was awarded the 3rd prize in the "2nd World Marimba Competition" in
Okaya, Japan in 1999. She was the winner of the "Yamaha Competition 2001" and was
granted a scholarship from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe.
Interested in expanding the repertoire for the marimba, she composes music for her instrument.
In addition to her teaching activities, she performs regulary in diverse chamber music
constellations, including her own ensemble, and the Percussion Ensemble Stuttgart. She has
recorded often for the german radio.

Wim Lasoen Belgium

I was born in Bruges (Flanders) on July 3rd 1972. My parents raised me on classical and brass band music. As a little drummer boy, I joined a local band when I was four . My first tiny compositions date from when I was ten. When I attended secondary school, I took my first serious amateur course for percussion at the Academy for Music in the town of Eeklo. I also took up cello, trumpet and piano afterwards.
After having finished my secondary education in 1990, I started studying at the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory. I stayed there until 1993.
Gert François and Bart Quartier were two of my percussion teachers I really enjoyed studying with but it was the magic of my earliest teacher Robert Van Sice which really influenced me in my decision to take up marimba as my main instrument. Alas, Robert left the Brussels conservatory in 1993.

Filippo Latanzi Italy

Born in 1971 in Bari, where he completed his musical studies at the "Niccolò Piccinni" Conservatory, under the guideance of Benny Forestiere, graduating in Percussion Instruments with maximum marks and honors. He continued his studies with Gastone Sylvestre at the Conservatoire National de Region in Paris where he was awarded the gold medal and the "1er Prix de la Musique à l'unanimité et - felicitations" for four consecutive years. In 1997 at the same Conservatory the Jury composed of George Aperghis, Carlos Alsina and Jean Pierre Drouet unanimously awarded Lattanzi a special prize for virtuosity as a marimba - player.
Moreover, he perfected himself as a marimba player with Michael Rosen (Oberlin College of Music, USA),   Robert Van Sice (Royal Conservatory, Rotterdam) and Leigh Howard Stevens (Royal Academy of Music of Londra).

Laurent Mariusse France

débute ses études musicales par le tambour à l’âge de 7 ans. Il poursuit son parcours d’apprentissage qui le mènera en 1994 au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon en 1994. Il obtient son prix en 1998 avec une spécialité musique contemporaine.Il côtoie les compositeurs Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvos, Daniel Tosi, François-Bernard Mâche, et ces rencontres seront décisives dans l’orientation de sa carrière.Parallèlement à ses études, il se produit en musique de chambre, en soliste et au sein d’orchestre nationaux.Il collabore avec les compositeurs Marie Hélène Fournier, François Nicolas, Yves Prin, Jean Philippe Calvin, Pierre Jodlowski, Emmanuel Séjourné à la création de pièces pour percussion solo.

Linda Maxey USA

Linda Maxey began studying piano at the age of four and marimba at age six. Her first major performance was in Madison Square Garden in New York at the age of eleven when she performed for the Kiwanis International Convention. She was the first marimbist to be added to the prestigious roster of Columbia Artists Management in New York. She has been a featured soloist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions in Philadelphia and San Antonio. An accomplished arranger as well as performer, many of Ms. Maxey's transcriptions have been published by Southern Music Company. During the past 17 years, Linda Maxey has performed on hundreds of Community Concert series in almost every state of the union and has concertized in Canada and Europe. Her New York debut was in 1990 at the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall. She toured Lithuania in May, 1996, playing concerts with orchestras as well as performing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius.

P.J. Merola United States

An alumni of The North Carolina School of the Arts and the Mannes Conservatory of Music in NYC, PJ Merola maintains an active career and is one of the few solo percussionist/marimbists working today. He received an exclusive award in Solo Percussion Performance from the National Endowment for the Arts (USA) in 1997 and collaborates/performs/composes extensively with many groups and organizations. He is a large advocate of multi-media expression and new music, while maintaining a focus on classical transcriptions and adaptations within the medium.

Nanae Mimura Japan

Already hailed in her native Japan as "the queen of the marimba," Nanae Mimura has earned plaudits for her dazzling musicianship and stunning technical virtuosity. With exciting programs that explore the astounding range and musicality of her instrument, Ms. Mimura is now gaining renown in the United Stated as one of its premiere marimbists. Ms. Mimura is the winner of the prestigious 1999 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Percussive Arts Society Marimba Solo Competition in 1997, the Settimane Musicale di Lugano Solo Competition in 1998, and the Japan Percussion Society Percussion Solo Competition for Newcomers in 1997.
Ms. Mimura is a Sony Japan recording artist and Yamaha performing artist and represented by Concert Artists Guild Management in New York and AYS International Management in Japan.

Katarzyna Mycka Germany

Born in Leningrad, started playing percussion at the age of 16. Fascinated by the weath of different sounds, she began working intensively on the wide ranging percussion instrumentarium and its often very difficult repertoire. As soon as three years later the young musician had her first success - 1st prize in the Polish Percussion Competition in Opole. In the following year she was awarded a special prize as youngest participant at the Concours International d’Execution Musicale in Geneva, in the form of a scholarship for study abroad. Katarzyna Mycka began in time to concentrate on the keybord- percussion instruments, and more particularly the marimba, which she felt enabled her to express her musicality and virtuosity. The wisdom of her choice of marimba as expressive medium was soon confirmed, with two further first prizes in international marimba competitions: in 1995 she won the "International Percussion Competition for Marimba Solo in Luxemburg”, where she was additionally awarded the Audience Prize, and in 1996 the "World Marimba Competition” in Stuttgart, Germany. 1997 she was finalist in the ARD Competition in Munich and received in the same year Scholarship Prize for young Artists from Rotary Club in Stuttgart. 1998 Foundation of the Arts from Baden Wiirttemberg aworded her the Promotional Scholarship and 1999 Polish Percussive Arts Society the title - Ambassador of Polish Percussive Arts.

Makoto Nakura Japan

Marimbist Makoto Nakura is a musician whose artistry and astonishing virtuosity has been mesmerizing audiences more than a decade. He creates innovative programs of new music as well as traditional classical repertoire that shows the versatility and expressive range of the marimba and which is always a revelation to the listener. His extraordinary communicative power and poetic musicality is inspirational.

In 1994, Makoto came from his native Japan to become the first marimbist to win a place on the prestigious Young Concert Artists roster. He has played throughout the U.S. with orchestras.

Mr. Nakura has established himself as a dedicated champion of the music of our time, and many leading young composers have written pieces for him. It is his mission to explore and expand the possibilities of the marimba, and to demonstrate what an exciting and provocative medium it presents to composers and audiences alike. His ever expanding program projects include "Wind from the Americas with Spoken Word" and "Music of Wood and Forest" based on a story of Aoyagi by Lafcadio Hearn.

Makoto also has a strong commitment to reaching younger audiences and conducts many master classes and workshops.

Pam Paton Canada

Pam started playing celtic & original tunes on the marimba in 1990.  Her first solo recording "Waves by the River" for marimba & bodhran illustrates her skill as a musician, composer & arranger. Her second recording " Dancing with the Ancestors " of celtic tunes as well as original songs, is arranged for marimba, guitars, bass, percussion, piano, celtic harp and voices.
As well as performing solo, Pam has toured with her bands:

Duo - with her son Chris on hand drums.

Trio - with Chris & Rus Winham on bass & back-up vocals.
Keltika - 6 piece band which evolved from a band with
Jude Pelley on guitar and Jon Edwards on bass.

Pam continues to merge the marimba with other instruments in a quest to create a new sound and to develop her skills as a composer & songwriter.

Ney Rosauro Brazil/USA

Ney Rosauro is recognized as one of the most original and dynamic symphonic percussionists and composers today.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 1952, he started studying percussion in 1977 with Luiz Anunciação of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Rosauro studied Composition and Conducting at the Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil). He then received the Masters Degree in Percussion at the Hochschule fur Musik Wurzburg in Germany under Prof. Siegfried Fink.

He completed his Doctorate at the University of Miami under the supervision of Fred Wickstrom.

From 1975 to 1987 he was percussion instructor at the Escola de Musica de Brasilia, and timpanist with the Orquestra do Teatro Nacional de Brasilia in Brazil.

From 1987 to 1999 he was head of Percussion Studies at the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in South Brazil, where he also conducted the Percussion Ensemble.

In 2000 he began his current position as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, USA.

As a composer he has published over 30 pieces for percussion as well as several method books. His compositions are very popular worldwide and have been recorded by internationally acclaimed artists such as Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra. His Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra has been performed by over 500 different orchestras worldwide, and his five solo CDs have received critical acclaim and been hailed by percussionists and general music-lovers alike.

Ney Rosauro has appeared in concert solo, and as a soloist with orchestras, in about 30 different countries, including the most prestigious International Percussion Festivals.

He is a Yamaha, Sabian, Cadeson, and MalletWorks artist, and plays exclusively with NR mallets by Innovative Percussion.

Peter Sadlo Germany

An infant's racket on his mother's cooking pots signalled the start of Peter Sadlo's clear and extraordinary career, all based on his exceptional talent in the area of percussion. At the age of twelve years, he began studies at the prestigious "Meistersinger-Konservatorium" in Nürnberg. Shortly after, another decisive event occurred in the life of the talented drummer; acceptance into the "Musikhochschule Würzburg" where Sadlo met the doyen of german percussion art at that time, Siegfried Fink, who would support and mentor him. In 1982, when Peter Sadlo was only 20 years old, he accepted the position of solo timpanist at the Munich Philharmonic. There,for the second time, Peter Sadlo would meet a master who would strongly influences his future development: Sergiu Celibidache, the charismatic conductor of the Munich Philharmonic. In time, the two would develop a powerful common musical understanding.

Dave Samuels United States

Throughout his career, Dave has been recognized by fans and critics alike for his quality in performance and recording. He received a Grammy in 2003 for “Best Latin Jazz Recording” with his group, The Caribbean Jazz Project, for the CD, “The Gathering” and was nominated a second time for a Grammy in 2004 for “Best Latin Jazz Recording” for the “Caribbean Jazz Project's” newest release “Birds of a Feather.” During his time with Spyro Gyra (1977-1994), the 5-time Grammy Nominated group was named #1 Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Group of the 80's by Billboard magazine. Dave's other awards include being voted Best Vibes Player in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer Magazine.                                                                                                                               Born in Chicago, Samuels began his musical travels at age six, playing drums and piano. It was while attending college that he combined his interests in both drums and keyboards and began focusing his energies on the vibes and marimba.                                                                                                      Dave first gained international exposure in 1974 as a member of the Gerry Mulligan sextet. During the next few years he co-founded, recorded, and toured with three different, ground- breaking groups: Double Image; Gallery; and the Skylight Trio.                                                                                             In 1976 Dave explored new musical horizons when he was invited to perform and record with Frank Zappa. The recording, “Live in New York – 1976,” is considered a Zappa favorite.

Andreas Schwarz Germany

Kai Stensgaard Danmark

Kai Stensgaard was among the first Scandinavian musicians to approach the marimba as a serious solo instrument. Throughout the last 15 years he has toured extensively and given more than 3.000 concerts in various venues in Northern Europe, U.S.A, Puerto Rico and Mexico, along with numerous radio and television broadcasts. He was recognized in 1989 as the first recipient of the North Jutland Music Award. He has produced four CDs displaying the marimba's myriad of textures.

Gordon Stout United States

GORDON STOUT (b.1952) is currently Professor of Percussion and Chair of the Performance Studies Department at the School of Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. A composer as well as percussionist who specializes on marimba, he has studied composition with Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler and Warren Benson, and percussion with James Salmon and John Beck.

As a composer-recitalist he has premiered a number of his original compositions and works by other contemporary composers. Many of his compositions for marimba are published, and have already become standard repertoire for marimbists world-wide.

Gordon was on the Jury of the 1st and 2nd Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Competitions during the summers of 1995 and 1998. In the summer of 1998 he was a featured marimbist at the World Marimba Festival in Osaka, Japan and he was a member of the jury for the 2nd and 3rd World Marimba Competitions in Okaya, Japan and Stuttgart, Germany respectively.

Gordon is a clinician/recitalist for Kp3 (formerly Malletech), and performs exclusively on their M5.0 Imperial Grand five-octave marimba. Gordon Stout is represented by the Percussion Events Registry Company.

Naoko Takada Japan

Naoko Takada was born in Tokyo, Japan. She won First Prize in the Young Concert Artist International Audition and also awarded the Beracasa Foundation Prize.  She had a debut at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, Tokyo, 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Gardena Museum in Boston.  Her successful recitals were reviewed in many newspapers and magazines. Her other awards include First Prize in the nationally known Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist award International competition, and the Japan International League of Artists Competition.

Blake Tyson United States

Blake Tyson is recognized as one of the outstanding percussionists of his generation. Although known primarily as a marimbist, he is committed to the creation and performance of new music for all types of percussion by commissioning, composing, and premiering new works. Currently on the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas, he believes that teaching is an important aspect of being a creative musician. For him, teaching is not only a way to share knowledge and experience, but also to create excitement for the percussive arts in a new generation of musicians. His clinics, masterclasses and performances have been received enthusiastically both in the United States and internationally.

Blake Tyson received the DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The faculty of the Eastman School also awarded Tyson the prestigious Performer's Certificate. He received the Master of Music degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama. His teachers include John Beck, Michael Burritt, Larry Mathis, and Peggy Benkeser. He has also studied derabucca with Halim El-Dabh and has devoted intensive study to El-Dabh's unique notational system for the instrument.

Robert Van Sice Netherlands

Robert Van Sice, percussion, has premiered over one hundred works, including concertos, chamber music, and solos. He has made solo appearances with symphony orchestras and given recitals in Europe, North America, Africa and the Far East. In 1989 he gave the first full-length marimba recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and has since played in most of Europe's major concert halls, many of which have been broadcast by the BBC, Swedish Radio, Norwegian Radio, WDR and Radio France. He is frequently invited as a soloist with Europe's leading contemporary music ensembles and festivals, including the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps, and L'Itineraire and the Archipel, Darmstadt and North American New Music festivals among others. From 1988 to 1997 he headed Europe's first diploma program for solo marimbists at the Rotterdam's Conservatorium. Mr. Van Sice has given master classes in over twenty countries and frequently visits the major conservatories in Europe as a guest lecturer. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, Toho Gakuen, and South African College of Music and has studied with Cloyd Duff, Keiko Abe, Leigh Howard Stevens and Michael Rosen.[Excerpt from the homepage linked above.]

James Walker United States

JAMES WALKER has received degrees in percussion performance from Ithaca College (BM) and Northern Illinois University (MM, Performer's Certificate), and his primary teachers have included Gordon Stout and Bill Molenhof. He recently taught in the percussion department at Northern Illinois University near Chicago, and has also taught at Ithaca College. He has presented clinics at numerous colleges and universities around the United States. James specializes in jazz composition and performance (on vibraphone, marimba, and mallet synthesizer), and is a founding member of the Vokes-Walker Duo, a classical ensemble performing works for marimba and soprano. James has recently teamed with percussionist Mark Mahoney, forming an ensemble dedicated to exploring electronic mallet percussion. James has written for Percussive Notes, and he also authored the "Expressive Jazz Techniques" column for Jazz Player Magazine. His debut CD, "Rhyme or Reason," was released in November 2000, and has received radio airplay on jazz stations around the world. James endorses Mike Balter mallets, and the Xylosynth by Wernick Instruments. He currently resides in Connecticut (US), roughly an hour from New York City.

Nancy Zeltsman United States

She is one of the most well known female marimbists in the States. She is a member of unique duo with marimba and violin, Marimolin. She is now working on new marimba duo and just held their debut reciatal in Boston. She is marimba instructor at the Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory. Graduate of New England Conservatory.

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic Germany

(Pronounce: Neboysha Yovan Chivkovich b.1962)
Zivkovic completed his master's degrees in composition, music theory and percussion in Germany. His consistent duality, his untiring work - both as composer and performer - account for his unique artistic personality. His concert tours have taken him through many European countries, repeatedly to the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and recently Mexico.

Zivkovic performs on the One-of-the-kind Marimba, made in 1997 by YAMAHA in JAPAN especially for him.

Composer
Without doubt Nebojsa Zivkovic is one of the most successful German composers of his generation.
His chamber music and orchestral pieces were performed in more than 30 countries all over the world, from Iceland to Indonesia, from Tokyo to New York. Renowned conductors and orchestras took care of his percussion and marimba concertos. During the last two years his compositions were performed among others in Washington, London, Stockholm, Rom, Tokio, Wien, Belgrad, New York, Reykjavik, Paris, Taipei, Osaka, Manchester etc...
Merely some of the orchestras should be mentioned: National Symphony Orchestra, USA, BBC- Concert Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia, Rom, Northern Symphony, New Castle UK, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, and many others.



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