Founded in 2006 by Jacques Hostettler & Nicolas Suter, Tchiki duo is considered today as the world leading Marimba duo.
Born in 1967 in Mallersdorf, Mr. Schindlbeck began drumming at age five. After serving as principal percussionist at the Mannheim Nationaltheater, he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992. While mastering classical percussion, he is also actively performing as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group and appears at numerous jazz festivals.
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.
Neil Percy is the principal percussionist with the London Symphony Orchestra. With a passion for music education, he is also head of Timpani and Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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.
Born in China. Graduated with the first International Artist Diploma in Solo Percussion from the Royal Northern College of Music, UK with a full scholarship. Le also holds Masters Degree of Music with Distinction and Honours Bachelor Degree of Music from the RNCM, He has worked with Dame Evelyn Glennie, Keiko Abe, Ian Wright, Eric Sammut and Simone Rebello among to others. Le has performed in front of the British Royal Family at the 60th Royal Over-seas League Competition Award Ceremony in London's Southbank Centre, where he has won the first prize of mixed ensemble category with his Aurora Percussion Duo, they have also won the Park Lane Group Competition. A year later they have been chosen by Yehudi Menuhin's Artists Agency "Live Music Now" to deliver exciting projects to special educational needs across the UK. Beside of chamber music he has also received many solo awards including Gold Medal at China National Percussion Competition; Winner of Italy International Percussion Competition Marimba Category B; The Best Percussion Award from World Brass In Concert with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and First prize of Yamaha European Scholarship Competition 2012. As a concerto soloist, Le UK premiered Keiko Abe ‘The Wave’ Marimba Concerto with RNCM Symphony Orchestra and China Premiered with Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked as a concerto soloist with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Manchester Camerata, BBC Singers and Shenyang Symphony Orchestra. Le performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC Manchester, European Television 4 and CCTV Music. Le was a Soloist of 2016 World Percussion Group giving Solo recitals, masterclasses and ensemble concerts across the USA. Since 2016, Le is a jury member of China National Percussion Competition and Southern Percussion International Tuned Percussion Competition in London. He is also an Artistic Advisor of Sichuan Percussion Ensemble in China. Le has been invited to give masterclasses at National Conservatory of Music Mexico, School of Arts Singapore, HongKong Academy for Performing Arts, China Central Conservatory of Music, ShenYang Conservatory of music, Xi'an Conservatory of Music, Eastern Illinois University, University of Texas San Antonio, Zhejiang Conservatory of music, Huddersfield University, Royal Northern College of Music, Purcell School and many more. Le is a Signature Artist of Encore Mallet. Inc. Sabian Artist and a Yamaha Artist. Currently he has been appointed as a Honorary Associated Artist at the Royal Northern College of Music and He is sponsored by the Arts Council England as an Exceptional Talent to work and live in the UK.
After his classical percussion studies Bart (born 2 June 1961, Anderlecht, Belgium) studied marimba with Robert Van Sice and followed master classes with Keiko Abe, Gordon Stout, Steven Schick ...