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 Trio SR9 

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 eight 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.

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Marianna Bednarska is a young polish percussionist, whose outstanding musicality, artistic versatility and charming personality strongly engage audiences around the world. Her musical language clearly exposes the richness of musical styles, that combine various performance traditions and diversity of musical eras with innovative elements of musical theater and electronics.

Marianna Bednarska completed the secondary education in 2012 and continued the studies in bachelor degree at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, where she graduated in 2017 with highest marks. In 2019, she passed her master’s degree exams with distinction at the Haute Ècole de Musique in Geneva, where she is currently studying for her Certificate of Advanced Studies.

Marianna Bednarska is a Yamaha Artist since 2019.

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Till Lingenberg begins his percussion studies at Conservatoire Cantonal de Sion, Switzerland at the age of 5. He has won multiple solo and duo prizes at nationals competitions during his young years. He then integrates the Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve at the age of 15 where he graduated with a soloist master degree in 2018. He has been part of various orchestras in Switzerland and abroad such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra, et l'Orchestre de la Suisse-Romande. He also has a strong interest in chamber music, having played with percussion ensembles Eklekto in Geneva and DeciBells in Basel as well as founding the duo Percussion CYTi with Chiao-Yuan Chang since 2015. In 2017 and 2018, he got awarded the prix d’études du Pour-cent culturel Migros, Switzerland. In November 2019 He receives a 3rd prize at the prestigious Concours de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. Besides percussion, Till also has a strong interest in electronic music production and Jazz Vibraphone.

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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 an 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 foundthe Paris Percussion Group in 2014. He is the Artistic Director with Vassilena Serafimova and works with composers as Yan Maresz, Philippe Schoeller, Alexandros Markeas or even Yann Robin.

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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.

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This year we would like to innovate our pedagogical program as we have invited three very important percussion and marimba figures of nowadays - Michael Burritt, Casey Cangelosi and Theodor Milkov. We will have the joy to meet them online for some online clinics and performances during the Festival.




Russian-Greek percussionist Theodor Milkov is widely recognized as one of the
most innovative marimba players in the world. Well-known for his pianistic
approach to the instrument, revolutionary ideas and technical abilities, he has
succeeded in bringing the art of marimba performance to entirely new heights.
Milkov's repertoire includes virtuosic transcriptions of music originally written for
harpsichord and piano, as well as contemporary compositions dedicated to
Milkov began his percussion studies at the age of seven at the Municipal
Conservatory of Patras, Greece, under the supervision of his stepfather Maxim
Mankovski. Subsequently, he studied at the Musikhochschule Detmold
(Germany), the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag and the Conservatorium Van
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), taking lessons with prominent teachers such as
Peter Prommel, Hans Zanderoep, Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagdegaal, Nick Woud
and Gustavo Gimmeno.

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Percussionist & Composer, Casey Cangelosi is the Director of Percussion Studies at James Madison University. As a visiting guest-artist, he is commonly hosted world-wide by educational institutions, music festivals, and educational music seminars. Since 2011, Casey has performed solo recitals in Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Croatia, Sweden, Taiwan, Portugal, and widely across the U.S. at events including (see calendar): The Midwest Clinic, several PASIC Showcase Concerts, and over 40 universities.  Casey adjudicates percussion performance and composition competitions, and is regularly commissioned for new works.  Casey is the creator of the @Percussion Podcast, and is sponsored by Majestic/Mapex, Innovative PercussionZildjianGrover Pro PercussionRemo, and Beiner Bags.

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Having performed on four continents and more than forty states, Michael Burritt is one of his generation’s leading percussionists. He is in frequent demand, performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Mr. Burritt has been soloist with the United States Air Force Band, Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Nexus, Third Coast Percussion, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany) and the Amores Percussion Group (Spain). Mr. Burritt has three solo as well as numerous chamber recordings. In 2018 he recorded his Home Trilogy with the world-renowned percussion group Nexus, and is soon to release a new recording of solo and chamber works by Alejandro Viñao with the Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion. In 2006 he recorded the Joseph Schwantner Percussion Concerto with the Calgary Wind Ensemble on the Albany label. 

He has been a featured artist at nine Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 1992 he presented his New York solo debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall and in 1998 performed his London debut in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Mr. Burritt has extensive chamber and orchestral experience and has performed with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, The Chicago Symphony, Nexus, Third Coast Percussion and the The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra.

Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with three concertos to his credit as well as numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument, and are frequently required repertoire on international competitions. Commissions include The World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart Germany, The Paris International Marimba Competition, Nexus and the Paris Percussion Group. Mr. Burritt is published with Keyboard Percussion Publications, C. Alan, Masters Music, and Innovative Percussion. Burritt is also an artist/clinician and product design/consultant for Malletech, where he has developed his own line of marimba mallets and the MJB Signature Marimba. He is an artist/educational clinician with the Zildjian Company, Evans Drum Heads, and Yamaha Drums. Mr. Burritt is the President Elect of Percussive Arts Society, was a member of the Board of Directors from 1996 to2008, a contributing editor for Percussive Notes magazine from 1991 to 2006 and was chairman of the PAS Keyboard Committee from 2004 to 2010.

Michael Burritt is currently Professor of Percussion and chair of the Winds, Brass, and Percussion department at the Eastman School of Music. He is only the third person in the history of the school to hold this position. Prior to his appointment at Eastman, Mr. Burritt was Professor of Percussion at Northwestern University from 1995 to 2008, where he developed a program of international distinction. Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor (’84) and Master of Music (’86) Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music.

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