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Archive 2012

 

IVANA BILIĆ

is an internationally recognized marimba soloist and percussion artist. Known for her versatility, she regularly appears as soloist with European orchestras and participates in chamber, crossover and stage productions. Ivana gives masterclasses, participates in marimba festivals and serves as jury member at marimba and percussion competitions across Europe, South America and the USA.

 

She is the recipient of all major Croatian performers' and discographic awards. Her marimba, vibraphone and percussion pieces have been published by Edition Svitzer, Malletworks and Cantus. Since 1996, she has been the solo timpanist of the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra and teaches percussion at the Zagreb Music Academy with prof. Igor Lešnik.

 

Ivana is a MarimbaOne artist, with her own signature line of mallets.

 

 

 

 

 

PAOLO CIMMINO

 

is an internationally recognized frame drum percussionist.

He has appeared as guest educator at numerous schools: The Guildhall school of Music in London, University of Music in Rome, Conservatory of Music in Trento, Casa della Musica Parma, Royal College of Music London, P.A.S. in FERMO, IPEW Bjelovar, Hochscule fur music F. Liszt in Weimar, Germany.

 

Cimmino is the founder & Artistic Director of the International Percussion Festival in Naples and cofounder of "Società Italiana Tamburi a Cornice" Festival in Rome. Paolo's publications include: the book "A new way of playing Tamburello" published by Note di Merito, 5 Tamburello solos published by Artemide and the DVD "Tammurriata antiche tradizioni e future possibilità" for the University of Salerno. He has been a member of the San Carlo Theatre Orchestra of Naples for 12 years and has an extensive touring and recording career.

 

Paolo is endorsed by Meinl percussion.

www.paolocimmino.net

 

 

 

SLOVENIAN PERCUSSION DUO

is one of the most active percussion ensembles in Europe today. After numerous prizes at competitions in Luxembourg (IPCL 2009) and Bulgaria (PENDIM), the Duo has played extensively in Russia and around Europe, in important halls such as Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg and in big festivals – the Musical Olympus Festival, Ljubljana Festival, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

 

Simon Klavžar and Jože Bogolin, both 23, are currently working on their MA with prof. dr. Peter Sadlo in the University of Music Munich. The Duo is the winner of both University and Academy of Music Prešern prizes. The members of the duo were successful in Slovenian music competitions and have appeared on recitals, as soloists with Slovenian orchestras and on the alternative and rock scene. Since 2010, they organize the XYLODRUM percussion festival in Ljubljana and Maribor and are both active as educators.

 

The Duo is endorsed by Adams and Innovative Percussion.

 

 

 

 

NANCY ZELTSMAN

is a leading marimba performer, recording artist, teacher, author and festival director who has premiered over 125 solo/chamber marimba works. These include pieces by L. Andriessen, M. T. Thomas, P. Simon, G. Schuller, C. Bley, S. Bainbridge and A. Viñao . Zeltsman has presented recitals and marimba master classes across the U.S. and Europe and in Japan and Mexico. Her recordings include three solo marimba CDs; three CDs with the marimba/violin duo Marimolin; a marimba concerto by W. T. McKinley recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra Project; and a duo marimba CD with Jack Van Geem. She has taught marimba at The Boston Conservatory (where she is Chair of the Percussion Department) and Berklee College of Music since 1993, and is Artistic Director of Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Inc.
(www.zmf.us), established ten years ago.

 

She will be a member of the jury of the TROMP Solo Percussion Competition next month in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Her marimba method, "Four Mallet Marimba Playing: A Musical Approach for All Levels," is published by Hal Leonard Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

RACHEL ZHANG

has performed most often as part of the Joint Venture Percussion Duo which she formed with percussionist Laurent Warnier. For the past several years the duo has toured China and the Netherlands, and is currently a finalist in the Vriendenkrans Concours of the Concertgebouw. As a result of their success at the Concertgebouw, they were recipients of a scholarship from the Bernard Haitink Fund and in 2010 embarked on a series of concerts throughout the Netherlands.

 

As a soloist, Xi was first prize-winner of the National Youth Competition of China.

 

She was a top prize-winner of the National Percussion Competition in Shanghai, the National Marimba Competition in Beijing, and the Princess Christina Concours in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Ms. Zhang is currently working toward a Masters degree in marimba at The Boston Conservatory, studying with Nancy Zeltsman. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in 2010, graduating with Honors from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.