Course Period 1

Multi-Percussion & Marimba

11.07.2022 - 20.07.2022

Bogdan Bacanu

Languages: German, English, Romanian

As one of the defining Marimba players of his generation, Bogdan Bacanu has been praised for his culture of sound as well as his deep musicality.

He is professor of marimba at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz (Austria) since age 23 and was thus the youngest professor of his kind, world-wide. In 1998 he was awarded ,Musician of the Year' in Australia and in 2010 a honorary professorship by the University of Sechuan / China. He also was a teacher at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Bogdan Bacanu studied marimba at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with his great mentor Professor Peter Sadlo. Since then, Bogdan Bacanu has given solo concerts and concertos with orchestra and ensembles, touring Europe, Asia and America. He has performed with well-known artists like Keiko Abe, Gidon Kremer, Peter Sadlo, Heinrich Schiff and Momoko Kamiya. In a variety of concert projects, he has collaborated with conductors like Dennis Russell Davies, Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Cristian Mandeal and Horia Andreescu and leading orchestras.

He has been invited repeatedly to renowned music festivals such as the The Biennal in Brisbane (Australia), Lockenhaus Musik Festival, Festival Grafenegg, Wörthersee Festspiele, Carinthischer Sommer, Donaufestwochen and 'les museiques' Festival Basel (Switzerland).
Bogdan Bacanu is frequently invited jury member at international competitions. Due to the resounding, continual success of his own Marimba festival, he then founded an International Marimba Competition in 2006, which was held in cooperation with the Mozarteum University and the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg as well as with the Bruckner Private University in Linz under his direction. Composers like Hannes Schalle (Austria), John Thrower (Canada/Germany), Alexander Müllenbach (Luxembourg/Austria) and Emmanuel Sejourne (France) have composed pieces and concertos dedicated to him which he has released in part on his CDs. His multifaceted discography contains solo recordings as well as recordings with orchestras.

Since 2008 Bogdan Bacanu focuses his performance activities on the „Wave Quartet“, which he founded. The Marimba Ensemble debuted at Konzerthaus Berlin performing the C major Concerto for Two Harpsichords, BWV1061a, on four marimbas. The performance earned rave reviews from the audience and critics not least because of the ensemble’s respectful and historically informed interpretation.
Concerts and masterclasses lead the Wave Quartet through Europe and to Asia in important venues like Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthäuser Berlin and Vienna, Müpa Budapest, Town Hall Birmingham, Bozar Brüssel and Concertgebouw Amsterdam as well as Suntory Hall in Tokio and to performances with orchestras like Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Romanian National Symphony Orchestra or the L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Highlights of the last season 2018/2019 were the Premiere of a new concerto by Avner Dorman in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein Vienna, the return to Grafenegg Festival for a concert with the Tonkünstlerorchester under its chief conductor Yutaka Sado, as well as concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music in the Barbican London. Early 2017 brought the world premiere, at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, of Emmanuel Séjourné‘s groundbreaking Gotan Concerto for marimba quartet, percussion and orchestra, a work dedicated to the Wave Quartet. The work features on the album Lauda Concertata, released on GENUIN Classics in late 2016.

Bogdan Bácanu performs exclusively on ADAMS Marimbas. The renowned instrument manufacturer has developed the 'Bogdan Bácanu Signature Series' of marimba mallets and presented a Marimba at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015, which was developed together and named after Bogdan Bacanu.

Christoph Sietzen

Languages: German, Englisch, French

“(...) he took up position at a marimba and coaxed from it sounds of rapturous fragility.” (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times)

“...this most questing of younger percussionists.“ (Richard Whitehouse, Grammophone)

Christoph Sietzen has been praised by the media as an outstanding talent – a refreshingly natural musician noted for his technical mastery and powerful stage presence. He gave his debut at the Salzburg Festival at the age of 12 and was a prizewinner at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in 2014. In 2018, he was awarded the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) Young Artist Award and the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) named him a Rising Star for the 2017/18 season. Furthermore, Christoph received an OPUS KLASSIK for Newcomer of the Year 2019. Christoph regularly performs at prestigious venues such as Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, Salzburg's Great Festival Hall and Mozarteum, Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London's Barbican Centre, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berlin's Konzerthaus, Cologne's Philharmonie, Müpa Budapest, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Stockholm Konserthuset, Bozar Brussels, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntory Hall in Tokyo as well as at festivals like Salzburg or Grafenegg.

His orchestral collaborations include the Bavarian, Austrian and Polish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg as well as the Academy of Ancient Music with conductors like Ilan Volkov, Marin Alsop, Howard Griffiths, Yutaka Sado, Frank Strobel, Alexander Liebreich or Cristian Mandeal. As an active chamber musician he works with musicians like Tabea Zimmermann, Clemens Hagen, Peter Sadlo, Christian Schmitt, Maurice Steger, Maximilian Hornung, the multi-instrumentalist Hubert von Goisern as well as actors like Dörte Lyssewski and Karl Markovics.

Committed to expanding the existing percussion repertoire, Christoph’s projects include new works by Georg Friedrich Haas, Andrea Tarrodi, Helmut Schmidinger, Emmanuel Séjourné, Ivan Boumanns, Jakob Gruchmann, Alexander Mullenbach, Christoph Ehrenfellner, Ingo Ingensand und Alexander Wagendristel as well as Stewart Copeland (formerly of the rock band “The Police”), all of whom have composed for him. Furthermore he is member of the marimba ensemble „The Wave Quartet“, founded by Bogdan Bacanu in 2008 and initiated the percussion ensemble „Motus Percussion“.

Christoph’s 2017 solo album “Attraction” received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award, describing the recording as “a stupendous solo performance in every respect”. His first concerto recording featuring concerti by Avner Dorman and Einojuhani Rautaavara was followed by his most recent album „Silence", released by Sony Classical in September 2019 covering solo repertoire as well as collaborations with Clemens Hagen, Bogdan Bacanu and the Academy of Ancient Music. Christoph also has a rich discography with The Wave Quartet.

A citizen of Luxembourg, Christoph was born in Salzburg in 1992. He started learning percussion at the age of six, double bass at the age of eight and later studied at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz with Bogdan Bacanu (Marimba) and Leonhard Schmidinger (percussion) as well as with Josef Gumpinger. He also followed his passion for the harpsichord to particularly focus on Baroque repertoire. From 2014-2019 he has held a teaching position at Vienna’s University for Music and the Performing Arts and from 2020 at his Alma Mater.

Christoph Sietzen plays Adams Musical Instruments.

Photo: © Stefan Sietzen

Special guest: Nico Gerstmayer

Bogdan Bacanu and Christoph Sietzen, founding members of the highly successful marimba ensemble „The Wave Quartet“, are joined by Nico Gerstmayer for this masterclass. Nico Gerstmayer is an alumnus of the International Summer Academy and was one of the price winners in 2017. In 2019 he joined „The Wave Quartet“.