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.
Hailed by the critics as one of the most unique and expressive marimba and percussion artists in the field today, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic has greatly influenced the international percussion scene during the last two decades – as both a masterful composer and virtuoso performer. A native from Serbia, Zivkovic completed his master’s degrees in composition, music theory and percussion in Mannheim and Stuttgart, Germany, where he has resided since 1980. He tours extensively throughout Europe, and performs frequently in the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Latin America, Russia and Scandinavian countries. Zivkovic performed in such prestigious venues as Vienna’s “Konzerthaus”, National Recital Hall Taipei, Munich’s Herkulessaal, St. Petersburg’s Eremitage Theatre, or Stockholm’s Nybrokajen. He was also guest of the number of Festivals such as Gaudeamus Amsterdam, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, Dance-in-your-head, Minneapolis, USA and several times at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society Int. Convention) in USA.
The Russian-Greek percussionist Theodor Milkov holds a bachelor’s degree as well as a performer’s certificate from the Hochschule für Musik (the University for Music) in Detmold, Germany. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the Amsterdam University of the Arts in the Netherlands as well as a master’s degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. Milkov began his teaching career as an assistant for Peter Prommel at the University of Music in Detmold, Germany. Since then has presented masterclasses all over the world including the Colburn Conservatory of Music in the United States, Ionian University in Greece, and St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music in Russia. As a marimba soloist, Milkov has performed in concert halls and at festivals such as Concertgebouw Brugge in Belgium, Rachmaninoff Hall of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, Oranjewoud Festival in the Netherlands, and Olympus Festival in Russia.
Yi-Ping Yang improved her skills in such institutes as Conservatoire National de Region of Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris (Premier Prix l’Unanimite ), CNSDML - Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon (First Prize with mention tres bien), HEM - le Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneva (PostGrade with felicitation de jury) and Hochschule fur Musiik und theatre Munchen.
She is the laureate of Yamaha Music Fondation of Europe and the finalist at ARD International Music Competition Munich; won the Third Prize at the International Clermond-Ferrand Vibraphone Competition; Third Prize at Geneva International Music Competition; First Prize, Audience Prize and the Prize of the best Interpretation of Luxembourg’s Composer with Trio YARN at International Percussion Competition (IPCL) in Luxembourg; First Prize, Audience Prize and Prize of the best interpretation for creation command at the International Timpani Competition in Lyon; First Prize, Audience Prize and Prize of the young juries at the TROMP International Music Competition in Eindhoven.
Jean-Baptiste Leclère has been holding a position as Principal Percussion solo in the Opéra National de Paris Orchestra since 2013, after being successfully accepted as a Associated Principal Percussion in 2007.
He studied percussions with Daniel Sauvage, then Michel Gastaud before joining the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 2005 in Michel Cerutti, Florent Jodelet and Eric Sammut's classes.
His determination to bring together French eclectic percussion personalities drove him to found the Paris Percussion Group in 2014. He is at the moment the Artistic Director with Vassilena Serafimova.
His keen interest in orchestral percussion draws him to host regularly masterclasses and clinics in France as well as overseas (United States, Columbia, Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Taiwan, Australia).
He also attends various concerts as a soloist and in Chamber Music (Percussion and Marimba Festival of Bulgaria, Shanghai Concert Hall, Radio France, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Major Santo Domingo, Australian Percussion Gathering...). Among other things he recorded Rauche Pinselspitze II by Klaus Huber with the cellist Alexis Descharmes (Awards for best instrumental record of the Académie Charles Cros).
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.