|She-e Wu has appeared as a solo artist at the 25th, 27th and 30th Percussive Arts Society International Convention; Journées de la Percussion, NancyPhony Festival, perKumania festival, and PercuPassion Festival in France; Bach Symposium/Bach Variation Festival in Lincoln Center; Taiwan Connection concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; International Percussion Festival and InterAmerican Music and Arts Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico; Festival Internacional de Percusion "Ritmo Vital 2001" and National Percussion Convention in Spain; Fukui Marimba Seminar in Japan; Giornate della Percussione in Italy; Percussion Festival in Greece; Taipei International Percussion Convention, and many other festivals. She has performed with Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series in Pearlman Hall at Kimmel Center. Ms. Wu has performed as guest recitalist and clinician at universities, colleges, conservatories in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, Korea as well as American music institutions, and numerous PAS Days of Percussion throughout the United States.|
Ms. Wu’s composition Blue Identity was written for Frederic Macarez and the Paris Conservatory CNR percussion ensemble. Blue Identity was premiered in Paris at the Journées de la Percussion festival and the American premiere took place at the 27th Percussive Arts Society International Convention. K-PAX, a piece for marimba duo, was commissioned by the Taipei International Percussion Convention in 2002 and was premiered in Taiwan and Japan. UP!, for solo percussion and seven percussionists, received its premiere at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, December 2009. The world premiere of Ms. Wu's latest composition -- "What the sun would say to the sky", for marimba quartet, was premiered at PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis, IN.
Ms. Wu has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Paul Lansky, Lee Hyla, Dafnis Prieto, Eric Ewazen, Ronald Caltabiano, Robin Engleman, Gerald Chenoweth, and many others. The world premiere of the percussion concerto with wind ensemble written by Paul Lansky was in January, 2015 with Northwestern Symphonic Wind Ensemble, with the director Dr. Mallory Thompson. Ms. Wu has served as a judge for Paris International Marimba Competition, Greece International Competition, Italy PAS International Competition, Atlanta Snare Drum Competition, PASIC Marimba Competition, P.A.S. Composition Competition (Large Percussion Ensemble) and International Percussion Ensemble Competition (College).
Ms. Wu's recordings include Marimba Concerto by Eric Ewazen with the International Sejong Soloists, solo marimba CD Snapshot, Suite for Marimba and Flute by Alec Wilder with Flautist Bart Feller, A set of Songs and Dances by Doug Hill with Gail Williams on horn, and a chamber music recording with American Brass Quintet of music by David Sampson. Her recording of the No.1, No.2 and No.3 of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach with Baroque embellishments, is scheduled for release in fall of 2015.
Ms. Wu is a clinician and a recitalist for the Majestic, Mapex, Innovative Percussion, Evans and Zildjian companies. Ms. Wu's signature mallets with Innovative Percussion are available worldwide. Ms. Wu plays on a concert marimba of her design by Majestic. Ms. Wu is Associate Professor of Music and the director of percussion program at Northwestern University. Ms. Wu is also a frequent visiting guest artist at the Royal College of Music in London, and a consultant at the Manhattan School of Music.
|Miquel Bernat received his musical education at the conservatories of Valencia, Madrid, Brussels and Rotterdam, and at the Aspen Summer Music Festival (USA). He was granted the "Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera" at the Conservatory of Madrid, the Special Prize for Percussion at the Dutch Gaudeamus Competition and the 2nd prize at the Aspen Nakamichi Competition. Being a musician of great versatility, he has played with the Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, as well as in the contemporary music ensembles Ictus, Ictus Piano and Percussion Quartet, Trio Allures, Duo Contemporain, among others.|
As a soloist in numerous performances, he has premiered the "Concerto pour Marimba et 15 instruments" by David del Puerto at the "Ars Musica Festival" in Brussels and at the "Ensems" Festival in Valencia, Spain. He premiered “Campos Magnéticos” by Cesar Camarero with the Orquesta Nacional of Porto, Portugal and the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid. Other concertos premiered are: Mantis Walk in a Metal Space by Javier Alvarez, for Steel Drums with ensemble and electronics, at IRCAM/Centre G. Pompidou in París, 2003; Sombrío by Luis de Pablo in Auditório Nacional de España/Música de Hoy, Madrid 2005; Night by Mauricio Sotelo in the Casa da Música of Porto 2007, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and Teatro Central de Sevilla 2008, and from the same composer Chalan (new version) at the Warsaw Festival 2009 with the Radio-Television Orchestra from Spain. Marlos Nobre Triple Percussion Concerto with Gulbenkian Orchestra from Lisboa 2011. Recently he premiered the Concerto for Percussion by Joan Guinjoan with Cadaqués Orchestra in Palau de la Música, Barcelona.
Formerly a professor at the Rotterdam and Brussels conservatories, he is currently engaged intensively in pedagogical activities at the “Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya” in Barcelona, and the "Escola Superior de Musica do Porto" and Aveiro University (Portugal). As Lecturer and Master Class Professor he has been invited to Darmstadt Summer Course (Germany), Instrumenta de Oaxaca (Mexico), the International Summer Course of Brasilia, among many other universities in Argentina, South Africa, the USA, UK and Australia.
In Porto, he founded DRUMMING: Grupo de Percussão, which was selected as the Resident Music Group when Porto was the 2001 Cultural Capital of Europe. Drumming-GP has become one of the leading percussion ensembles in the world, uniquely expand ing interactions between music and other art forms.
Miguel is regularly invited to the most reputed international contemporary music festivals and concert halls, such as the Opera de Paris, the Citè de la Musique, the festival “Música” in Strasbourg, the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, the Barbican Center of London, the Auditorio Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Darwin Guitarre Festival, the Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, NewYork, the Helsinky Festival, and the Parco de la Música in Rome. He has also performed as soloist, ensemble player and/or leader of master classes in Turkey, Japan, Thailand, and South Africa.
He has performed extensively with various dance companies, including as soloist in "Just Before" by the Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her company ROSAS. With ROSAS, he has also performed "Drumming Live", "Rain", "Steve Reich Evening" and April me. “Psappha”, by the Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, and the Ballet Gulbenkian of Lisbon, was another successful collaboration with dance and percussion.
A passionate performer of new music, Miquel Bernat has worked with numerous composers (many works have been dedicated to him) thus contributing to the expansion and evolution of the contemporary repertoire for percussion.
|Timothy Ferchen on syntynyt vuonna 1947, syntymäpaikkanaan Niagara Falls, NY.
Hän opiskeli William Streetin ja John Beckin johdolla, Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY, sekä Jack Mooren johdolla, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
Opiskeluiden jälkeen Ferchen vietti neljä vuotta Yhdysvaltain armeijan
orkesterissa, joka tunnetaan nimellä the United States Air Force Orchestra. Ilmavoimien pestin jälkeen hän muutti New Yorkiin vuonna 1972
ja samana vuonna hän liittyi the Steve Reich and Musicians -ensembleen,
jonka kanssa Ferchen työskenteli aina vuoteen 2000 saakka.
Muutto Suomeen oli tapahtunut vuonna 1974, ja vuosina 1977-2004
hän työskenteli Radion sinfoniaorkesterin lyömäsoitinten äänenjohtajana.
Ferchen perusti vuonna 1980 the Breath Ensemble -yhtyeen, jonka tarkoituksena oli esittää kamarimusiikkia, jota on sävelletty nimenomaan lyömäsoittimille. Yhtye toimi reilun 20 vuoden ajan.
Ferchenin sävellystyö alkoi samaan aikaan kuin Breath Ensemblen toiminta;
sävellyksiä esittivät Breathin lisäksi Sibelius-Akatemian lyömäsoitinopiskelijat.
Tim Ferchen toimi Sibelius-Akatemian lyömäsoitinopettajana 1990-luvulla.
Ferchenin sävellystuotantoa on esitetty mm. Skandinaviassa, USA:ssa ja
Kanadassa. Tapiola Sinfonietta kantaesitti hänen marimbakonserttonsa,
jonka Radion sinfoniaorkesteri on sittemmin nauhoittanut.
Ferchenin musiikkia on kustantanut Edition Svitzer ja Music Finland.