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Alexej Gerassimez

International Solo Percussion Consultant

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Alexej was born in Essen, Germany. He studied with Christian Roderburg at the Cologne Conservatory of Music, Hanns Eisler at the Berlin Conservatory and Peter Sadlo at the Munich Conservatory of Music. Alexej has had much success in competitions including winning the International Marimba Competition in Nuremberg, the European Music Competition for Youth, the Southwest-German Chamber Music Competition and the Deutscher Musikrat-Competition. In 2010, he won the TROMP Percussion Competition, the most renowned international competition for percussion solo. Today, Alexej is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading percussion soloists of his generation.

His vibrant performances have led him to a wide range of European countries as well as to Japan, where he gave solo performances in Tokyo and Yokohama in the context of the German Year in 2006. In 2012, Alexej made his debut in the USA on a tour as soloist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Alexej has appeared in several TV productions. Recent examples are the production “Prix Courage” (ZDF)and the production “Stars von Morgen” (Arte).

Since 1998, he has made regular recordings with the German broadcasting corporations WDR, NDR, SWR and BR. His first solo CD was released in 2011. They contain works for solo percussion and ensemble music for percussion and piano. In addition, the multi-faceted young artist dedicates himself to composition. First publications with the Danish publisher Edition Svitzer have already been performed internationally, including the USA, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

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