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Berlin PianoPercussion


Ya-ou Xie - piano, conductor
Prodromos Symeonidis - piano, artistic director
Sawami Kiyoshi - piano
Adam Weisman - percussion

Matthias Buchheim - percussion

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Ya-ou XieYa-ou Xie - piano, conductor

“Ya-ou Xie understands how to create a magical, beguiling aura . . .” commented the French magazine „Lettre du Musicien“ about the pianism of Ya-ou Xie. The German composer Helmut Lachenmann said about her: "I have complete confidence in this artist's pianistic and musical quality."

Born in Guiyang, South-western China, the pianist and conductor has performed before international audiences at such music centres as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Hong Kong Art Centre and the Beijing Concert Hall. As a soloist she has appeared with grand orchestras, including the China National Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. She is a guest performer at numerous festivals, among others Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, MaerzMusik Berlin, and the Beijing New Music Festival.
As the winner of important prizes at the Orléans Concours XXè Siècle, Concours Olivier Messiaen, Concorso Premio Jaén, and the International Piano Competition Lake Como, she received accolades for her interpretation of works by Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, Arnold Schönberg, George Crumb, and Luciano Berio.
Alongside classical repertoire, both Chinese and Western contemporary music occupy an important place in Ya-ou Xie's musical achievement. She has worked with composers such as George Crumb, Hugues Dufourt, and Helmut Lachenmann and has given frequently premieres in many countries. In 2008 she founded together with Greek pianist Prodromos Symeonidis the outstanding Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion, which is active on international stages.

Ya-ou Xie is guest professor of Ningxia University, Hainan University, and Guizhou Normal University. In January 2017, Xie took part as soloist at the opening concert of the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. In February 2017, Xie has been designated as Kayserburg-Artist of the world biggest piano producer Pearl River Piano Group.

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SymeonidisProdromos Symeonidis - piano, artistic director

Ever since winning seven prizes at the „Concours Olivier Messiaen piano contemporain 2003“ (Paris) and the „Concours International de piano d'Orléans 2006“ Prodromos Symeonidis has gained worldwide recognition as an outstanding interpreter of contemporary music and classical music in general. His playing has elicited enthusiasm and praise from some of the world's top musicians and critics... „un grand artiste“, „un roi du piano“ (Yvonne Loriod Messiaen), „an outstanding technique and a superb musical sensitivity“ (Kent Nagano), "superb pianist" (Fanfare), „geistig wie manuell eindringliches Spiel“, „außerordentlich anschlagsvariabel“ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).
Prodromos Symeonidis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1972. Apart from music, composition and the piano, which were his constant companions from early childhood, he also had a great fondness for mathematics and astronomy. As a youth, he won many prizes at national and international contests for mathematics, including a bronze medal at the 30th International Mathematical Olympiad in 1989. In 1990 he moved to Germany, where he pursued and completed his piano studies in Munich, Cologne and Berlin under Michael Endres, Karin Merle, Arbo Valdma and Georg Sava. Besides piano, he participated in composition seminars under Krzysztof Meyer and Walter Zimmermann
. Parallel to his studies, he also worked with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Claude Helffer and Dimitri Bashkirov.
His international piano competition successes have led to concerts in many famous halls throughout the world, like the Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Essen, Sendesaal Bremen, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Opéra National de Paris, Opéra Comique de Paris, Arsenal de Metz, Seoul Arts Center and Hangzhou Grand Theater. He made recordings for the radios SWR2, Radio Bremen, France Musique and RCF Orléans as well as the german label Telos Music, which were highly praised by the international press like FAZ, Fanfare, Pizzicato, Piano News, ResMusica and ConcertoNet. Aside from his activities as an interpreter, Prodromos Symeonidis is an ensemble director, composer and teacher. He has composed himself several solo and chamber music pieces and has been invited to give masterclasses and lectures in the contemporary music centre Acanthes (formerly in Metz), the Conservatoire Royal de Liège, the Hochschulen für Musik Hannover and Hanns Eisler Berlin, the Universities of Virginia and Miami, the Soongsil University in Seoul and the Music Conservatory of Xi'an.

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Sawami KiyoshiSawami Kiyoshi - piano

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Sawami Kiyoshi received her Master of Music degree at Elisabeth University of Music where she studied with Futaba Inoué (piano), Yasuko Mitsui (harpsichord) and Jo Kondo (music analysis). Having been awarded a scholarship by the the city of Hiroshima she subsequently came to Germany where she continued her study of the piano at the Academy of Music „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin with Klaus Bäßler. She passed her graduate recital and received her solo diploma and the "Konzertexamen" both with distinction.
Parallel to her studies she took part in master courses at the Centre Acanthes and in Darmstadt where she worked closely with among others Toshio Hosokawa and Claude Helffer. In 2004 she was resident guest pianist at the Académie Musicale de Villecroze in France where she had the opportunity of working together with Noël Lee in the field of contemporary music. Since then she is devoted to the 20th and 21st century repertoire. She has recorded several works for the radio stations FSB, rrb and for the recording company Sony BMG. Along with her career as soloist she is also a permanent member of the ensembles for contemporary music Berlin PianoPercussion, Saitenblicke and Trio Lotus.

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Adam WeismanAdam Weisman - percussion

Adam Weisman studied with Chris Lamb and Fred Hinger at the Manhattan  School of Music in New York, with Sylvio Gualda at The Conservatory of Versailles and with Peter Sadlo and Robyn Schulkowsky at the Hochschule for Music in Munich. In 1991 he won 3rd prize at the ARD music competition in Munich and in 1992 2nd prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva. In the television series "Orchestra!" with Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore he played percussion. He composed and played music for theater pieces in Munich, Esslingen and Linz. He performed with New Music Consort and NewBand in New York in 1998-90, and since then with Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien (residenceship 1997-98 and 2004-05) Zeitkratzer (concerts with Lou Reed in Berlin and Venice), MusikFabrik, and  Scharoun Ensemble (members of the Berlin Philharmonic). He premiered pieces from Peter Eötvös, Tan Dun, David Lang, Matthias Pintscher, Helmut Oehring...; played under Pierre Boulez, Emilio Pomarico, Stephan Asbury, Sylvain Cambreling...; and he played on many CD's, including one with Ensemble Modern, Frank Zappa and music from Varese. As soloist he has performed in Athens (concert in honor of Iannis Xenakis), Paris, Munich, Geneva, Berlin, Vienna, Danzig, Perugia and Mar del Plata in Argentina. He played folk music from the Andes mountain region with the famous Quechua musician Uña Ramos and is the Drummer with the rock band Landis Mackellar and the Diatribes.

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Matthias BuchheimMatthias Buchheim - percussion

Matthias Buchheim was born in Neustrelitz. From 1984-88 he studied percussion with Hans-Hürgen Lüdecke and Rudi Liebetrau at the Academy of Music „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin. After finishing his exams he was a member of the orchestra of the Kleist Theater in Frankfurt (Oder) from 1988 until 1990. In 1990 he moved over to the Large Radio Orchestra of Berlin and remained there until its disbandment in 1992. Until 1994 he worked as a freelance musician specifically in the area of contemporary music. Since 1994 he has been the solo timpanist of the State Orchestra of Brandenburg again in Frankfurt (Oder). Matthias Buchheim is also a member of the Percussion Project Rostock. He performs together with Friedemann Werzlau - of the Chamber Academy of Potsdam - in the duo „Balance Schlagwerke“. He is also fond of jazz.