French – Polish percussionists and marimbists known as AXOUM DUO. Internationally acclaimed artists. Elwira Slazak both appears as a soloist and as a member of Axoum Duo. Gabriel Collet, besides his performance activities, he is active as a composer and arranger, creating music for documentaries, animated movies as well as writing orchestral music and pop songs.
Isao Nakamura has taught at the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1994-2006), Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Seminar and Festival in Japan (1991-1998) and is Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe since 1992.
Guy Frisch began his musical studies at the Luxembourg Conservatory of Music before moving on to the Strasbourg Conservatory. Having completed his time at the Strasbourg Conservatory, Guy Frisch went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague where he passed the Master of Music degree. From then on, he has devoted his career to contemporary and improvised music and his musical repertoire includes works by Berio, Ferneyhough, Kagel, Lachenmann and Xenakis. In addition to this, Guy has also featured in creations by Campana, Donatoni, Dillon, Jarrell, Toeplitz, Matalon, Pauset, Mullenbach, Kerger, Reuter, among others. He has been actively involved in a number of projects with groups such as ö, Accroche Note, Le Quiproquo, and Bruits Défendus in France and with Alter Ego in Roma.
He is considered by critics to be one of the youngest and most brilliant talents in the world of solo percussion, gifted with a musical sensibility and compositional and interpretative creativity which place him at the top of young marimba virtuoso soloists. A true “made in Italy” artist with a solid piano technique on the Marimba which allows him to have a virtuoso performance and an inspired and original compositional ability.
Don Liuzzi was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and completed high school at the Franklin Learning Center in Philadelphia. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Music degree from Temple University. Before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Liuzzi was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony percussion section from 1982 to 1989.
Beyond repetitive afro-trance-percussion and incorporating a wide array of styles, this quartet (Jan- Frederick Behrend Wolfgang Rummel, Andrej Kauffmann, Stephan Krause) crosses through classical repertoire, new music, rock, jazz and drum’n’bass. We are very pleased to be able to official welcome Elbtonal Percussion to the Yamaha Artist family.
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Percussion Section
The Orchestra plays for nearly all performances given by The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet on the main stage of the Royal Opera House, under Music Directors Antonio Pappano (The Royal Opera) and Koen Kessels (The Royal Ballet).
Keiko Abe is known for an international marimba player and a great composer in modern marimba world. She has performed in more than 60 countries with prominent orchestras, percussion groups and Jazz artists beyond genres.