ARTISTS

MARIA CHLEBUS is a versatile percussionist with extensive experience in chamber music, solo performance, as well as orchestral music. She studied in United States (University of Miami and Yale University) and in Austria (Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität). Maria is a winner and a recipient of numerous competitions and stipends; including 1st prize at the Frost Symphony Concerto Competition, 3rd prize at the Ima Hogg Concerto Competition, Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, and National League of American Pen Women Music Scholarship.

During the last years Maria has worked as a timpanist and percussionist with a prestigious Polish orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia. Currently she is performing as a soloist and chamber musician around Europe, mostly based around Austria, Germany, and Poland. Together with Alexander Georgiev they started Infinity Movement, an ensemble based in Austria, focused on art and music collaboration.

Bulgarian-born percussionist, ALEXANDER GEORGIEV, studied marimba and percussion under Bogdan Bacanu and Leonhard Schmidinger in Linz, Austria. During his studies, he was part of the Academy program with the Bruckner Orchester Linz.

Currently Georgiev is a full time professor at the Carinthian Conservatory as a head of the percussion studio. His main focus is chamber music, in which he thrives as a member of Percussive Planet, an ensemble led by a renown percussionist, Martin Grubinger. Georgiev is also a member of AlFa Duo and Infinity Movement, international ensembles based in Austria.

Alex Georgiev is a winner of several competitions, including PENDIM International Percussion Competition, the “Hopes, Talents, Masters" Festival, and the Le Paon Lumineux Festival. His professional experience includes solo performances with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, extensive orchestral experience with such prestigious ensembles as Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, Bruckner Orchester Linz, The Munich Chamber Orchestra, and L’Orfeo Baroque Orchestra.

Brazilian dancer and choreographer ANDRESSA MIYAZATO began her career under the direction of Juan Jose Soares of Sao Jose do Rio Preto. Following an engagement at the Ballet de Rio Preto, Andressa Miyazato became a member of the Cisne Negro Dance Company in Sao Paolo. After extensive touring, Andressa Miyazato  was offered a position in the dance theater ensemble of the State Theatre Darmstadt under the directorship of Mei Hong Lin in 2007. Productions under her leadership were nominated for the prestigious German theatre award “Der Faust”. In 2013 Andressa Miyazato herself received a nomination as “Hoffnungsträgerin” in Yearbook Dance; followed by a nomination in the category “Dancer of the Year 2017” on the renowned platform “tanznetz.de”. With the appointment of Mei Hong Lin as the new director of the dance company at the Upper Austrian Dance Theatre, Andressa Miyazato moved her center of life to Linz. Besides dancing and choreographing, she is also studying Dance Pedagogy for her Masters degree at the Anton Bruckner University.

The Spanish dancer and videographer JONATAN SALGADO ROMERO seeks for a “symbiosis” between movement and image. Parallel to his work as a dancer in Landestheater Linz since 2008, he developed an enormous interest for filming, editing and directing, transferring his passion for movement into his works as a videographer.

He debuted as a videographer  in the Tanzhafen Tanzkurzfilm Festival (2015) with two short dance films “Der Kantinenweg” and “Making of Short memory.” In 2019 his video “Kaplun-Miyazato” was the official selection in Crossing Europe Film Festival.

Currently, Jonatan Salgado Romero is working as a dancer and videographer in Landestheater Linz, as well as continuing his independent career in such projects as documentations for OÖ Kulturquartier, promotional videos for KunstVia and Linz Tourismus, and music videos for artists such as Sister Jones, Ariana Schirasi-Fard and Dramas.

GABRIELA OPACKA  is a Polish violinist. She studied at the Cracow Academy of Music where she completed her master’s degree. During her studies she took part in the Erasmus+ programme, allowing her to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 

In demand as a soloist, Gabriela has performed with Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, Southbank Sinfonia in Cadogan Hall, London and Warsaw Players. As a result of the "Debut with Orchestra" competition in Cracow she performed Glasunov Violin Concerto with Maestro Jerzy Maksymiuk. Gabriela is a prizewinner of Young Paganini International Violin Competition.

Her diverse musical experience includes many projects such as Southbank Sinfonia Quartet at Royal Opera House in London, recordings for BBC Radio 3, films and documentaries. She is a member Amelior Quartet since 2018.

Gabriela is sponsored by Larsen Strings.

SUN YI has performed in music venues across Europe, the United States, and East and Southeast Asia both as a soloist and as a member of the Jianli Percussion Group. He has performed in the Esplanade in Singapore, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, the Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, New York, the Beijing Concert Hall, and many others. Recent notable performances including the premiere of commissioned works by Avner Dorman, Rüdiger Pawassar, and Faye Wang Fei Nan at Àgora Actual Percussió Festival (Spain, 2017), the Adams Percussion Festival (The Netherlands, 2017) as well as the Days of Percussion and the International Italy Percussion Competition (Italy, 2017).

Sun Yi is distinguished as the winner of multiple international competitions, including the absolute first prize in the 6th edition of the International Italy Percussion Competition (2008); first prize in the 1st Edition of the Jianli Percussion Competition, China (2009); Talent Prize of 2nd International Marimba Competition, Austria (2009); second prize of 3rd Edition of International Marimba Competition, Austria (2012); and winner of the Concerto Competition at Stony Brook University (2018).

Sun Yi currently serves as Artist of Adams Instruments.

Austrian-born percussionist FABIAN HOMAR studied marimba and percussion under Bogdan Bacanu and Leonhard Schmidinger at the Bruckner university in Linz. His orchestral career began as a member of several youth orchestras in Austria and since 2013 he has a full time position as percussionist and timpanist in the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. He has an expansive orchestral background from such orchestras as Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra, Graz Philharmonie Orchestra and Munich Philharmonie Orchestra.

 

Fabian Homar performs as a member of the Martin Grubinger Percussive Planet Ensemble and is a member of the AlFa Duo alongside Alexander Georgiev.

HEIKO JUNG studied Electric Bass at the jazz department of the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. His musical versatility and wide stylistic range is displayed by longterm collaborations with ensembles such as the genre-defining jazz-metal band “Panzerballett”, Martin Grubinger's percussion crossover project “The Percussive Planet,” and legendary German jazz-rock band “Klaus Doldinger's Passport.” Corresponding to this, the list of venues Heiko has performed in ranges from renown concert halls, jazz venues, to rock- and pop-festivals.

 

Heiko teaches electric bass at the Berufsfachschule für Musik in Munich and is a frequent lecturer at workshops and masterclasses.

Besides Infinity Movement his musical focus is currently on his jazz trio JUNG/LANSER/JUNG and solo repertoire. 

THOMAS SPORRER is known for his work as a chamber and orchestra musician, as the drummer and/or percussionist for various bands and projects, and last but not least, as a soloist in a variety of styles. In addition to orchestral productions his broad experience and talent allow him to shine within styles ranging from crossover to musical theater productions, as well as studio productions and live appearances. Thomas is currently a member of the Vivi Vassileva Quartet, the Ensemble Clazzic (a crossover of jazz and classical music), and the Japanese taiko group DRUMATURGIA.

 

Thomas graduated with a degree in classical percussion – with distinction – from the Nuremberg-Augsburg University of Music (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg) in 2009. Later on, during his Master's program at the University of Augsburg, he was taught by Jost Nickel and Roland Peil. He has since continued his studies with Anika Nilles, Eliel Lazo, Stefan Maass and Rhani Krija, broadening his musical horizons in the realms of pop drumming and latin/pop percussion.

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Infinity Movement 2019

Photos by Jonatan Salgado Romero