Born in Leonberg, Germany, in 1981 he had his first piano and percussion lessons at the age of 9.
Born on July 24, 1938, in the Bronx, New York, Mike Mainieri started to learn vibraphone from the age of 12 and made his professional debut at the age of 14. After performing as a member of the Buddy Rich Band, he served as a pioneer in the New York style fusion movement as a band leader of legendary groups, including White Elephant, L'Image, STEPS and STEPS AHEAD together with Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker and other artists in 1970s.
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.
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).
A talented vibraphonist and marimba player, Dave Samuels has gained his greatest fame for his many years with Spyro Gyra. He started on his first instrument, the drums, when he was six, but by the time he attended Boston University (from which he graduated with a psychology degree), he was studying mallet instruments.
More than a percussionist Philippe Spiesser is an atypical and enthralling musician.
Pius Cheung is widely known as a one of the most important percussionists of his generation.
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.
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.