Echardour, Maxime


Maxime Echardour studied percussion, zarb and piano at the CNR de Rueil-Malmaison, CNSMD de Lyon and subsequently at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. In 2003, he joined L’Instant Donné, the Paris-based ensemble specialising in contemporary chamber music. L’Instant Donné regularly appears at festivals such as Festival d’Automne (Paris), ManiFeste (Paris), Wittener Tage, Manchester International Festival, Musikprotokoll (Graz), Musica Strasbourg, and is Ensemble-in-Residence at Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse). Maxime is a permanent member of Ensemble Khaps, which performs traditional music and is formed of musicians from Africa, Japan and Europe. For ten years he also had a percussion trio, Trio de Bubar, which devoted itself to improvised works. Maxime has performed as a guest artist with KammerKonzert Holland, Opéra de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Hostel Dieu, and Ensemble intercontemporain.


Wilkins, Genevieve


Genevieve Wilkins is an Australian born freelance percussionist who is based in London.

She is a member of “ensemblebash”, UK’s premiere percussion ensemble and a founding member of “The G Project”, an exciting and virtuosic collaboration with cellist Gabriella Swallow. Genevieve has performed with and/or recorded with Nash Ensemble, Joanna MacGregor, Lionel Richie, Akon, Josh Groban, Joby Burgess, Max de Wardener, DJ Panko (Ojos de Brujo), Cerys Matthews, DJ Pathaan, Alex Wilson, Gavin Bryars, Karen David, Alex Phountzi (Bugz in the Attic), Monika Lidke, Andrew Poppy, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Shiva Feshareki.

Genevieve was the performance musical director for the 2013/14 premiere of the musical “American Psycho” for the Almeida Theatre. Her other theatre credits include “Thriller Live” (West End and Stadium Tour), “Tap Dogs” (West End and Australia), “Never Forget” (West End) and as musical director/principal percussionist for various productions at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre (including worldwide cinematic release). Genevieve’s orchestral credits include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (percussion feature concert) London Sinfonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, New London Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony.

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Singh, Jason


Jason is a musician, composer, sound artist, creative facilitator, producer and performer.

He is both a solo artist and collaborator and works across a wide range of art forms, music genres and educational practices. 

His work is an ongoing exploration and collaboration between the voice, body, music technology and its application to art, sound, music and education

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Warburton, Julian

Julian Warburton has acquired an international reputation as Percussion Soloist and Chamber Musician. His rise to prominence came early, whilst still a student in 1996 he was asked to perform MacMillan’s Veni Veni Emmanuel at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The following year he won the final of the prestigious YCAT competition at the Wigmore Hall and under their management went on to perform as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe, South America, India and China. He made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2001 performing Rebonds by Iannis Xenakis to huge critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the RPS Instrumentalist Award shortly after. Julian has a passion for Chamber Music and for the past twelve years has been a principal player with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, where he has performed countless world premieres and developed a close working relationship with many Composer/Conductors, notably Thomas Adès and Oliver Knussen.

David Hockings

David studied at the Royal College of Music with Janos Keszei and Michael Skinner. On leaving College, he spent much time performing with the London Sinfonietta, and eventually became its Principal Percussionist in 1995, surely one of the most demanding positions for a percussionist anywhere in the world. Having also worked regularly for more than ten years with all of the major London orchestras, he joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1991, becoming its Principal Percussionist in 1994. Among his most recent appearances was a televised performance of Bartok's Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion in its orchestral version. As well as his orchestral, chamber and recording work, David has also been involved extensively with education work, which has taken him to many communities, including prisons and schools for the severely disabled, at home and as far afield as Japan, South America and the United States. In January 2008 David was appointed Head of Percussion at the Royal College of Music, a role for which he considers himself privileged even to have been considered.
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Barton, George

George Barton is a solo, contemporary and orchestral percussionist and timpanist based in London. He is a member of the Colin Currie Group and has also worked with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endymion, the Nash Ensemble, BBC Singers, Jane's Minstrels, and the Royal Opera House, among many other ensembles and orchestras. As a solo artist George has performed at the Southbank Centre's "The Rest is Noise" festival, the "Occupy the Pianos" festival at St John's Smith Square, The Forge, Milton Court Concert Hall, and at a number of Nonclassical events across London, among other venues across the UK.

Hunter, Tom

From 2005 until March 2009, Tom was Assistant Principal Timpanist and Percussion player in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway. He has performed as Guest Principal Percussion with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra , Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Guest Principal Timpani with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Tom plays in a wide variety of musical scenarios including, Burt Bacharach’s orchestra in his 2014 visit to Edinburgh and playing in multi-discipline performances and collaborations with Red Note Ensemble.

Conde, Mosi

Master Kora player and singer Mosi Conde comes from a long line of Griot musicians from Guinea. He is well known for his creative and sparkling Kora and lightening force intuitive Djembe. To this solid foundation he adds Bolon Bata – a goatskin covered calabash which in his expert hands more than equals major double bass players, Donso Ngoni (round – bass), Kamelon Ngoni (the griot’s bass), Balafon (as vibrant as any Vibes or Xylophone), Guitar, Gongoma (large calabash thumb piano) and many many traditional percussion instruments.

Truesdell, Mike

Mike Truesdell (b. 1984) is a freelance percussionist residing in New York City. Mike’s endeavors as a solo and chamber musician have brought him throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In October 2009, he received acclaim in The New York Times for his performance of Tan Dun’s Silk Road in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, saying “Michael Truesdell…played with sensitivity and dexterity.” Recently Mike was awarded 2nd prize, out of 95 initial candidates, at the TROMP International Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands and became the first American to win a prize at any of the TROMP Competitions. After performing the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Mojave for marimba and full orchestra, Mike embarked on a performing tour which took him throughout the Netherlands, including a performance at the acclaimed Concertgebouw. Post-competition performances included a duo performance with composer Nico Muhly and full-length concert Emmanuel Sejourné and the other two TROMP laureates in 2011.

Currie, Colin


From his earliest years Colin Currie has pioneered new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music-making and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Past commissions have included works by composers such as Simon Holt, Kurt Schwertsik, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon and Alexander Goehr.

Currie has also had the privilege of commissioning a new work from Elliott Carter - the double concerto, Conversations, premiered with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival. He later premiered a new longer version Two Controversies and a Conversation with the New York Philharmonic/Robertson in June 2012. Upcoming commissions include new works by Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, James MacMillan and Louis Andriessen.

In 2011 Currie was appointed Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, a role which allows him to develop new relationships with artists and ensembles across a variety of art forms, as well as take part in collaborative and educational projects. His dynamic percussion ensemble The Colin Currie Group received critical acclaim for its performances of Steve Reich’s Drumming; following sell-out UK performances, the group made its international debut in 2012 at Tokyo Opera City, Japan.

Currie’s critical acclaimed recordings include Rautavaara’s Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) and MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic (Challenge Classics), conducted by the composer.

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