Paul MOOTZ (Luxembourg), chairman
Paul Mootz, born in Luxembourg in 1952, began his musical studies in Theory, Piano, Harmony, Chamber Music and Percussion at the Music Conservatory of Luxembourg-City. Further professional studies were then pursued at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris where he obtained diplomas in sight-reading, theory and analysis and was awarded First Prize in Percussion as a student of Jacques Delécluse.
In 1982, he participated in the’ Concours International de Genève’ and successfully reached the semifinal round of the competition. During the same year he was accepted at the “Musikhochschule of Würzburg” (Germany) where he commenced percussion studies with Siegfried Fink and was thus awarded in 1984 the “Meisterklassendiplom”. Solo percussionist with the RTL Symphonic Orchestra for 10 years, Paul Mootz has also served as percussion teacher at the Music Conservatory of Esch-sur-Alzette since 1978. In 1985, he has been named Professor of Percussion and Chamber Music at the Music Conservatoire of Luxembourg-City. From December 2001 until September 2004, Paul Mootz was the deputy director of Luxembourg-City’ s Music Conservatoire.
In 1982 and in 1993 he created the percussion ensembles Luxembourg Percussion and Mariendall and since then has conducted a number of concert tours in Luxembourg, Europe, United States of America, Canada and Australia with great success. Apart from his work with many chamber ensembles, he has performed as soloist with such notable musicians as Peter Sadlo and Walter Civitareale at the Music Festivals of both Echternach and Wiltz.
Also a composer and arranger, Paul Mootz writes a great deal of his compositions for his many students and for percussion ensembles. He is also president of the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg and Axent, Luxembourg’ s percussion association.
Béatrice DAUDIN (France/Luxembourg)
After brilliant studies at the CNR in her home town, Metz, Béatrice Daudin went on to further studies under Jacques Delecluse at the CNSM in Paris, where she obtained first prizes in percussion, theory, harmony, and chamber music, while at the same time pursuing her studies of orchestral conducting and the piano.
She went on to teach at the ENM in St Brieuc, where she expanded her repertoire by playing in the jazz quartet with the pianist and composer Joël Cadoret. She taught percussion at the CNR in Metz and in 1989 became solo percussionist with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, thereby opening the way to a career as a soloist. Among other works, she has performed Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Christian Zimmerman, Ohana’s Miroir de Célestine at the Festival de Lille with Élisabeth Chojnacka, Xenakis’s Psappha, Ivo Malec’s Vibraphonietta, Xenakis’s Aïs with the baritone Spyros Sakkas at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and Grant McLachlan’s Umbhiyozo waze Africa with Élisabeth Chojnacka. In 2010, she appeared with the OPL Percussion Quartet in a John Cage programme.
In 2012, she wrote a piece entitled L’Art-chez Surprise (which was performed at the Philharmonie Luxembourg) as a tribute to Debussy.
Béatrice Daudin’s career, thus, is one of constant development, involving a ceaseless search for new harmonics and a quest for purity, at once poetic and thoughtful.
Alexandre ESPERET (France)
Durant sa formation aux conservatoires d’Avignon, de Créteil puis au CNSMD de Lyon, dans la classe de Jean Geoffroy, Alexandre est lauréat de plusieurs concours internationaux : 1er prix du Concours de Marimba de Cannes en 2008 ; Prix du public et Prix du Dr. Glatt en finale du Concours International de Genève en 2009; 1er prix, Prix du Public et Prix de la presse au concours Tromp Percussion Eindhoven en 2012.
Sa curiosité l’amène à rencontrer d’autres univers artistiques comme le théâtre et la danse. En point d’orgue, sa collaboration avec la Compagnie Arcosm qui le conduit à jouer, entre 2011 et 2014, plus d’une centaine de représentations du spectacle de dansethéâtre-musical Traverse dans des festivals du monde entier (Europe, USA, Japon).
En 2010, il crée avec son ami Matthieu Benigno la compagnie de théâtre musical Kahlua. Ensemble ils écrivent un spectacle jeune public, Black Box, ainsi qu’une pièce intitulée Ceci n’est pas une balle, éditée aux Éditions Alfonce et jouée aujourd’hui dans plus de 20 pays différents.
Il fonde cette même année le Trio SR9 avec Paul Changarnier et Nicolas cousin. Ils remportent en 2012 le concours International de Percussion du Luxembourg ainsi que le Concours Européen Musique d’Ensemble de la FNAPEC.
Ensemble ils créent les spectacles interdisciplinaires MACHINE(s), C O R P O R E L S (2015), Jukebox (2019) et élaborent des programmes de transcriptions et créations pour 3 marimbas. Bach au marimba (2015) Alors, on danse ? (2018) sortent ainsi sur le label Naïve et RAVEL Influence(s) (2022) chez Evidence Classic.
Le trio est sponsorisé par les marques Adams et Resta Jay Percussions.
Depuis 2016, il est membre des Percussions de Strasbourg, avec qui il créé des pièces de compositeurs tels que Thierry de Mey, Michael Levinas, Alexander Schubert, Karl Naegelen, Wenchi Tsai, Gabriel Sivak, Stéphane Magnin, et reprend des grands classiques du repertoire dont les fameuses Pléiades et Persephassa écrites pour l'ensemble par Iannis Xenakis qu’ils ré-enregistrent en 2022.
Alexandre se produit régulièrement en soliste dans le monde entier (USA, Canada, Brésil, Japon, Corée du Sud, Russie, Royaume-Uni, Pays-Bas, Belgique, Suisse, Italie, Slovaquie, Lituanie, Géorgie) lors de récitals ou de collaborations (Ensemble Intercontemporain, SO Percussion, Shlagwerk Den Haag, Ensemble Contrechamps, Asko Schoenberg Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia).
Il créé des pièces de compositeurs tels que Nico Muhly, Karl Naegelen, Maxim Shalygin, Alin Gerhman ou Benoit Montambault.
Musicien passionné, il partage son expérience lors de masterclasses et de clinicconcerts : Boston Conservatory, Université Mc Gill de Montréal, EMESP de Sao Paulo, Université de Kawasaki. Il est professeur invité au Conservatoire Royal de La Haye aux Pays Bas en 2015 et remplaçant au CNSMD de Lyon en 2018-2019.
En 2021 il est nommé professeur assistant dans la nouvelle classe de percussions du CNSMD de Lyon.
Arnold MARINISSEN (The Netherlands)
Arnold Marinissen is composer, percussionist, and faculty member at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has been curator for Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and artistic leader of Percussion Group The Hague and ensemble Lunapark.
His compositions have been performed at the Biennale di Venezia, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Holland Festival, Opéra de Rouen, PASIC San Antonio Texas, Gaudeamus Music Week, November Music Festival, Dag in de Branding, the Dutch Nationaal Vioolconcours, amongst others, by groups such as EXAUDI, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Ensemble Variances, Silbersee, Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble, Percussion Group The Hague, Duo Ikt, and the Storioni Trio. He recently wrote a string trio for a Residentie Orkest chamber music project and a work for clarinet and electronics for Michel Marang. Marinissen’s music is published by Deuss Music.
Marinissen has performed extensively as a solo percussionist and in chamber music. He was artist in residence at the Asia Pacific Festival in Wellington (New Zealand, De Doelen in Rotterdam and Traces of Rhythm Festival in Tilburg (Netherlands), and he was a guest at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t in Amsterdam, at festivals all over Europe, in Boston, Shanghai, London, Russia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Uzbekistan. He appeared as a soloist with the Residentie Orchestra, Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Holland Symfonia, Nieuw Ensemble, WDR Orchestra in Cologne, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Sinfonia (New Zealand).
Allen OTTE (USA)
Allen Otte was, in 1972, a founding member of the Blackearth Percussion Group whose premise was that percussionists should be able to behave in our time just as string quartets had done since the time of Beethoven. He came to the University of Cincinnati in 1977 and in 1979 founded the world-renowned ensemble, Percussion Group Cincinnati.
Professor Otte taught classical and contemporary percussion, eurhythmics, various literature seminars, and coached and conducted traditional and contemporary chamber music. In addition to his now Emeritus position at the University of Cincinnati, he has also been adjunct professor of eurhythmics at the Oberlin Conservatory. His students are members of major symphony orchestras and service bands, contemporary ensembles, and hold positions at universities throughout the country.
Otte has regularly taught, given master classes, and presented his own creative work—solo and collaborative—throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. With John Lane he performs their music theater creation on wrongful imprisonment, The Innocents, throughout the United States, including at The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta and at the Innocents Network National Conference. His work in this area has led to other invitations including a residency in Roosevelt University’s Performing Social Justice Program.
Recent guest faculty engagements have included the Banff Center for the Arts, the Amsterdam Conservatory, and a creative development residency with the Indianapolis Symphony as instructor in eurhythmics. For ten years he was a coach in the Grandin Festival for Vocal Chamber Music, and for several summers, the Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy.
His broad percussion expertise is reflected in frequent guest artist appearances such as the 2012 Carnegie Hall Tour of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and many regular invitations as both soloist and ensemble member to the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention. With the improvisation trio Vaster Than Empires (sound sculpture, e-violin, electronics) he has appeared at university venues, but also in clubs and various alternative spaces; since 2018 he has performed as a member of the medieval music quartet Trobar.
Bart QUARTIER (Belgium)
After his percussion studies, Bart followed marimba lessons with Robert Van Sice.
Bart was invited by more than sixty orchestras and ensembles and can look back on a 35 year experience in different fielAds: classical music, opera, contemporary, ancient, chamber music, jazz, chanson, variété…
Since 1990 Bart teaches vibraphone and marimba (classical and jazz) at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel. As clinician and jury member, he was invited all over the world.
His books ‘Image’ 20 Children’s Songs for Marimba, ‘Profils’ 24 essais pour vibraphone et piano, ‘Encore’, ‘Imagine’ a mental approach to marimba playing (English, French, Spanish and Mandarin), ‘Ensemble’ 24 pieces for mallet ensemble, ‘Focus’ 24 Images for Vibraphone, ‘Dialogue’ 12 variations for marimba et ‘Move’ 12 grooves for Marimba are distributed worldwide.
Bart was laureate of the Sabam Competition for jazzthemes 2000 and 2002. His first two albums Thank You’ (quintet) et ‘Profils’ (duo) are released by ‘De Werf’. ‘Image’ and ‘Focus’ are recorded on the last double album ‘Life Path’ As sideman Bart played on more than 70 CD’s and toured through Europe, USA, Argentina, South-Korea and Japan.
Bart Quartier is a Yamaha and Resta-Jay artist.
Yi-Ping YANG (Taiwan)
Yi-Ping Yang improved her skills at the Conservatoire National de Region of Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris (Premier Prix à l’unanimité), the CNSDML - Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon (DNESM with mention très bien) and Troisième Cycle (Certificat de Perfectionnement), the HEM - Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève (PostGrade with félicitation du jury) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.
She has acquired orchestral experience with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, with the Auditorium Orchestre National de Lyon and the Lyon Opera House where she has played regularly since 2000.
Solo timpanist at the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and the Orchestre Symphonique Confluence, she has also taken part in numerous premieres with the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain and has been a soloist in collaboration with the Grame (Centre National de Création Musicale).
Yi-Ping gives regularly recitals in France and throughout the world and participates in numerous theatre creations as a composer/musician/actor.
She won many international competitions: Scholarship of Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, Finalist at ARD International Music Competition Munich; Third Prize at the International Clermont-Ferrand Vibraphone Competition; Third Prize at Geneva International Music Competition; First Prize, Audience Prize and the Prize for the best Interpretation of the set piece in the final round with Trio YARN at the International Percussion Competition (IPCL) in Luxembourg; First Prize, Audience Prize and Prize for the best interpretation of a creation command at the International Timpani Competition in Lyon; First Prize, Audience Prize and Prize of the young juries at the TROMP International Music Competition in Eindhoven.
Artistic director of “Rendez-vous Internationaux de la Timbale” (RIT-Infinity) and Jury member of PAS Greece, TROMP Percussion Eindhoven, and Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians are further activities of Yi-Ping.
Guest professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the lecturer in Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Lyon since 2012, her artistic highlights include solo performance, in Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Kammerphilharmonie of Berlin, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices and Studio Ernest Ansermet in Geneva, Tonhalle of Zurich, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Jury “Short film” prize
coordinator and lecturer @BTS Dessin d’animation Luxembourg
short film director
short film director
Jury “Student” prize
A jury presided over by Sven Hoscheit and consisting of Luxembourgish music students has been assembled to award a prize to the Percussion Trio who does an outstanding performance of Narnchygaër by François Tashdjian, compulsory work of the semi-final round.
- Sven HOSCHEIT
- Lou NICKELS
- Cyrill METZ
- Flavio PIEROTTI
- Lara SINNER
- Claire ZEIEN
- Christophe PÜTZ