MEET THE LECTURERS
The french Trio SR9 promotes a creative vision of contemporary western drumming. Their special way of reviewing and transcribing the works of the great composers shows how actively they commit to classical and contemporary musical heritage. It led them to study closely the complete works of Johann Sebastian BACH and they worked on a specific piece of it. They released their first CD "Bach au marimba" in October 2015 under the Label Naïve.
The Trio SR9 was created in 2010 at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon. In the past five years, they appeared on many stages and at large number of festivals, in France and abroad. In 2012, they won three prizes at the International Music Competition in Luxembourg: the First Prize, the Press Prize and the Public Prize. They are also laureate of the FNAPEC Chamber Music Competition in 2012 and of the Fondation Banque Populaire in 2016.
The Paris Percussion Group is a group of 12 percussionists bringing together the french young generation. Soloists in classical or baroque orchestra, international soloists or teachers, those musicians are all deeply involved to defend the percussions’ repertory. They also really want to lead the public to
discover endless sound and rhythmic ranges of this instruments family. The PPG also gives eclectic masterclass and clinics by the diversity of his members. Their repertory is composed of pieces for 12 (Maresz, Robin, Fujikura...), some transcriptions (Ma Mère l'Oye, the Rite of Spring...) and commissioned pieces (Markeas, Zimmerli, Mathuriau...).
The Paris Percussion Group is supported by Innovative Percussion, Zildjian and Bergerault.
It was by no means clear from the beginning that Marta Klimasara would become a percussionist: a piano student in her home town of Sosnowiec, she took up percussions at the age of twelve and was rewarded, four years later and whilst studying under Krzystof Jaguszewski, with several national prizes; she soon started on a solo career with the Silesian Philharmony in Kattowitz. To pursue her studies under professor Klaus Treßelt at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart she moved to Germany in 1994 and has since been living in the capital of Baden-Württemberg. In 2004 she became professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart.
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 and South Africa but also on her many successes in international contests. Before winning the ARD contest – one of the most famed competitions in its field – she had already been awarded the first prize in 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. The young artist holds scholarships from the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe and the Kunststiftung BadenWürttemberg and was commended by the European Cultural Foundation in Strasburg for her outstanding musical and artistic personality.
Vladimir Petrov is percussionist in the famous Bruckner Orchestra in Linz / Austria. He was born in Pleven / Bulgaria in 1986 and began studying percussion at the age of nine with Simeon Serafimov. He has performed with many orchestras such as the Opera-Philharmonic Society Ruse, Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Wien, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and was solo timpanist of the Junior Philharmonic Orchestra “Emil Chakarov”.
He has resided in Linz, Upper Austria since 2006 to study at the Anton Bruckner Private University where he received percussion tuition from Prof. Leonhard Schmidinger as well as marimba tuition from Prof. Bogdan Bacanu.He has had the opportunity to perform with many orchestras and percussion ensembles. Vladimir Petrov's extensive touring has enabled him to play both as a marimba and percussion soloist in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Spain and the Netherlands.
Born into a family of musicians in 1985, Vassilena Serafimova is the first Bulgarian percussionist to be awarded the Second Prize of the 56th ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the First Prize of the Fifth World International Marimba Competition in Stuttgart. She won the Grand Prix of the 10th International Competition Music and Earth as a soloist as well as the First Prize as a member of the Percussion Ensemble Accent, founded by her parents Avgustina and Simeon Serafimov. She received the Young Musician of the Year Award in Bulgaria in 2008 as well as the First Prize of the Music Critics in the 18th International Festival of Central Europe in Slovakia.
In 2014, Vassilena made her debut in Carnegie Hall of New York. One year later, together with Thomas Enhco (piano), she was the first marimba player in history to perform at the French Awards Ceremony Victoires de la Musique. In 2016, the duo recorded their first album titled Funambules for Deutsche Grammophon.