IVANA BILIC is an internationally recognised marimba virtuoso and a versatile percussion artist. 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. Geoffroy. She performs on international festivals ( Music Biennale Zagreb, Musicora Paris, Melos Ethos Bratislava, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Trieste Contemporanea, Tempus Fugit Tel Aviv, Julian Rachlin and Friends…) and is a member of several chamber music groups. Since 1996. Bilic is 1. timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision and on faculty at the Zagreb Music Academy. Ivana performs, arranges and co-edits new works for percussion. She regularly gives marimba and percussion clinics and masterclasses in USA, South America and Europe ( Festival de marimbistas, Chiapas, Mexico 2004, faculty at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in Boston 2004, Appleton 2007 and 2009, and in Amsterdam 2010, guest artist at the Belgium Marimba Competition and Festival 2004, appearances at PASIC 2002, 2006 and 2009, jury member at Paris and Salzburg Marimba Competitions, jury member and clinician at PAS Italy Percussion Days, guest artist and clinician at Alcoy 2007 Percussion course in Spain) Ivana is the author of several marimba and vibraphone solos and a duo published by Malletworks and Cantus.
As the featured artist of the season, she has been invited by Marimbaone, the major marimba manufacturer, to create a new line of signature mallets which have been premiered at 2008 Frankfurt Messe.
GORDON STOUT (b.1952) is currently Professor of Percussion at the School of
Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., where he has taught percussion since 1980. 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.
Many of his compositions have already become standard repertoire for marimbists world-wide. He has appeared at twelve International PAS Conventions to date, as featured marimbist, as well as at Days of Percussion in almost every state in the country. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and Canada, Europe and Far East.
Gordon was inducted in to the PAS Hall of Fame in November of 2012.
Gordon was on the Jury of all the most important international marimba competitions (L. H. Stevens; World Marimba Competitions in Okaya, Stuttgart and Linz). In the summer of 1998 he was a featured marimbist at the World Marimba Festival in Osaka, On new years day in 2006 he conducted a 100 person marimba orchestra in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan.
Gordon is a clinician/recitalist for Malletech. His compositions are published by
Keyboard Percussion Publications. Gordon Stout is an endorser of Dream Cymbals and gongs.
The polish musician has been living in Germany since 1994. After winning the »2nd World Marimba Competition« in Japan in 1999 as well as the second prize in the »3rd Krzystof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Music« in Krakow Marta Klimasara was recommended the first prize in the percussions discipline of the »International ARD Music Contest« in Munich in the autumn 2001, which is a very rare and high-standing honour. Marta Klimasara was also decorated with the prize of the public for her winning charm and personality. She also held scholarships from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and was commended by the European Cultural Foundation in Strasburg for her outstanding musical and artistic personality.
Today Marta Klimasara is a highly acknowledged percussionist, famed also outside the borders of her new home; her international renown rests not only on her tournées in France, Sweden, Japan, South Africa, Russia, South Corea and the USA but also on her many concerts with orchestras such as RSO Stuttgart, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, National Philharmony Warsaw, Hofer Symphony Orchestra, National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and the RSO Saarbrücken. She also produces radio and television recordings with the Bavarian and Hessian radio institutions, with the SWR, France Musique, Polskie Radio, SR 2 KulturRadio and Deutschlandradio.
Her solo debut recording »I Ching« was released in spring 2002 with triptychon followed by »Sahay Manush« in 2008 with Farao classics, her first Duo recording with Jürgen Spitschka.
In 2004 she became professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.
Internationally acclaimed marimba virtuoso Matthew Coley has distinguished himself as one of the country’s most versatile percussion artists and educators. Performing on marimba, percussion, cimbalom, hammer dulcimer, and glass, he has performed as a soloist and collaborator with orchestras and ensembles throughout the US and abroad. He has been featured on Chicago’s WFMT Classical Radio Station and in Time Out Chicago Magazine. Additionally, Matthew is currently serving as Percussion Faculty in the Iowa State University Department of Music and Theatre.
Released in 2012, Matthew’s second album "Souvenirs" establishes him as one of the most innovative and exciting artists of his kind.
Matthew has performed as a performer at five PAS International Conventions. Other solo and chamber music performances include universities, institutions, and concert halls across the nation in over 30 different US states, and in Denmark, Germany, Moldova, and Sweden. Matthew has also appeared as soloist and clinician at Days of Percussion in Indiana, Oregon, Minnesota, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
In 2012, Matthew was a finalist in the International Web Concert Hall Competition and in 2008, he placed third in the prestigious 5th World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart, Germany. He is the only American ever to place. He also placed third in the 2005 WAMSO/Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He was a finalist in the 2004 Houston Symphony Orchestra Ima Hogg Young Artist Competitions, and he won first place in the 2000 Music Teachers National Association Solo Percussion Competition, the 2000 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Marimba Concerto Competition, and the 1999 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Award.
Matthew played several world premiere such as: "Tides and Riptides; Concerto for Marimba, Woodblocks, and Orchestra" by Bjorn Berkhout, and has released a recording of "Riptides", available on iTunes; "The Breeze of South Latitudes Marimba Concerto" by Ghenadie Ciobanu; the US premiere of "Concerto Rustico for marimba and string orchestra" by Marcin Błażewicz, which was recorded for his first solo album, "Circularity", the premiere of the "Glass House Concerto" by Andrew Ardizzoia.
He holds percussion performance degrees from Northwestern University and the University of North Texas, and has studied with Michael Burritt, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, James Ross, Leigh Howard Stevens, and She-e Wu. Matthew is an endorsed artist by Marimba One, Black Swamp Percussion, ProMark, Evans Drumheads, BDL Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.
More than a percussionist Philippe Spiesser is an atypical and enthralling musician. Born in Strasbourg in France, he began his musical studies with the piano and the trumpet. He only got to discover his love for percussion at the age of seventeen. Five years later, as he performed with his university graduations, he successfully won a first prize in percussion and chamber music at the Strabourg’s National Conservatory in France. The following year, he obtained the National State Qualification and the National Teaching Certificat.
This fast growing development made Philippe Spiesser both an ardent teacher and a keen concert artist. Always travelling, and his mind always opened, he develops his imagination in contact with numerous surroundings, such as dance, theatre, image and electronic sounds. Today, he blossoms wonderfully by managing both his classes and his concerts.
Philippe Spiesser now teaches at the Geneva Superior Conservatory in Switzerland, and at the National Conservatory of Perpignan in France. Previously he has been teaching in Madrid at the Neopercusion School for five years and for another four years at the Superior Conservatory in the Balearic Islands. Moreover, he also gives master classes in numerous worldwide places such as London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Roma, Izmir, Lima, Beijing, Shanghai...
Since 2012, he also has an artist residence at the Centro Ricerche Musicali in Roma, where he is actively involved in research on new music with acoustic instruments processed by electronics, the Feed Drum and the SkinAct, invented by the composer and researcher, Michelangelo Lupone.
Polymorphous musician, Philippe Spiesser keeps searching for new experiences and meetings with creators from all artistic origins. He promotes new projects and is keen on premiering pieces by composers such as Philippe Hurel, Pierre Jodlowski, Bruno Mantovani, Jose Manuel Lopez-Lopez, Michelangelo Lupone, Daniel Tosi, Bertrand Dubedout, Laura Bianchini, James Dashow, Daniel Teruggi, Bruno Letort, Mansoor Hosseini, Arturo Corrales, Dieter Kaufmann, Jakub Sarwas, Elzbieta Sikora, Marie- Hélène Fournier, Denis Dufour, Kazuko Narita, Christian Lauba, Paul Evernden, Etienne Rolin, Mercedes Zavala , Tristan Clais, Alexander Vert...
He often appears in various musical festivals such as Musica in Strasbourg Arte Scienza in Roma, Ars Musica in Brussels, Aujourd’hui Musiques in Perpignan , Palais de Tokyo and Perkumania in Paris, Asbury Park in New York, Ritmo Vital in Madrid, but also in Barcelona, Porto , Lima , Beijing, Shanghai , Shenyang , Dalian ... He is also invited to play as soloist with the Strasbourg’s University Orchestra, the Camerata de France, the Languedoc Roussillon’s Orchestra, the Beijing and Shenyang Symphony Orchestra, the Perpignan Mediterranean Orchestra and the Spanish ensembles Neopercusion, Amores and Kontakte.
Besides all that, Philippe Spiesser is a member the Syntax Ensemble and has founded in 2002 the duet Pulsaxion with the saxophonist Radek Knop.
He is the author of many pieces and directs the Color collection published by Alfonce Publication.
Tchiki Duo brings on stage two musicians, Jacques Hostettler & Nicolas Suter, inspired by their friendship, transcended by their passion and supported by an outstanding duo technique and musicality.
Born in 2006, Tchiki Duo grows quickly. The duo plays regulary in Europe and in Japan, seducing an increasing audience.
Tchiki duo is invited to teach among others at Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam, was « Gast Professor » at the « Hochschule für Musik » of Detmold and is teacher at the « Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne », since september 2012.
Tchiki duo plays mainly concerts on marimba duo, but also with orchestras, marimba ensemble, with piano duos, strings camerata, with arrangements from piano repertory or orginial works, which some are dedicated to Tchiki duo.