ZMF 2017 Faculty & Guests

Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2017 at Rutgers University
Co-sponsored by M
ason Gross School of the Arts


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Ivana Bilic (L, above)
- marimba & percussion artist
- appeared as marimba soloist with Danish & Croatian Radio Orchestras & others
- faculty, Zagreb Music Academy; director, Ivana Bilic Music Week
- timpanist, Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radiotelevision
- will perform at ZMF 2017 with Nikola Krbanyevitch as I.N.K. Experiment Duo
- fun fact: speaks five languages
- lives in Zagreb, Croatia

Ria Ideta (R, above)
- marimba soloist & chamber musician
- regular performer with Kammeroper Munchen
- appeared as marimba soloist with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (2014)
- guest professor at Heisei College of Music - Kumamoto, Japan
- 1st prize, International Marimba Competition in Paris (2004)
- fun fact: Ideta & Zeltsman commissioned/premiered Departures by Sejourne
- lives in Berlin, Germany

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Nanae Mimura (L, above)
- marimba soloist & chamber musician

- has performed recitals in over 20 countries
- Octavia Records & Sony Japan recording artist
- director, Yatsugatake Marimba Camp (Yatsugatake, Japan)
- winner, Concert Artists Guild Competition (1999)
- fun fact: was faculty at Berklee College of Music 2000-2004
- lives in Tokyo, Japan

Christos Rafalides
(R, above)
- jazz vibist, composer & arranger
- self-publishes his compositions & arrangements
- has recorded many jazz albums with Manhattan Vibes, Point Two, Joe Locke & others
- private lesson faculty, Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College - New York
- will perform at ZMF 2017 with the Christos Rafalides Trio (with bass & drums)
- fun fact: began his studies in classical percussion at age 14
- born in Kozani, Greece; lives in New York City

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Svet Stoyanov (L, above)
- marimba & percussion solo artist & chamber musician
- Director of Percussion, University of Miami Frost School of Music
- performed as soloist with the Chicago, Seattle, American Symphony Orchestras
- active chamber musician with Hammer/Klavier (2 pno/2 perc) & other groups
- winner, Concert Artists Guild Competition (2003)
- fun fact: not afraid of colorful shoes
- born in Bulgaria; lives in Miami, Florida

Mike Truesdell
(R, above)
- percussion & marimba solo artist & chamber musician
- Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
- Adjunct Professor, Rutgers University
- DMA, The Juilliard School (2016)
- 2nd prize, Tromp International Percussion Competition (2010)
- fun fact: Mike is the son of a veterinarian & reading teacher, & brother of a big band leader
- born in Wisconsin; lives in Colorado

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Jack Van Geem
(L, above)
- master percussionist & marimbist
- Chair of Percussion, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
- Principal Percussionist, San Francisco Symphony for 32 years (retired 2012)
- performed & recorded numerous solos and chamber works, including with San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series
- fun fact: Jack is a master home builder & furniture maker
- lives in Berkeley & Mendocino, California

Nancy Zeltsman (R, above)
- marimba soloist & chamber musician
- Chair of Percussion, Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Professor, Berklee College of Music
- regular guest professor, Conservatorium van Amsterdam - The Netherlands
- premiered over 125 marimba solo & chamber music works
- member, violin/marimba duo Marimolin (1985-1996 & since 2015)
- fun fact: has an unnatural zeal for organizing festivals (so said Jack Van Geem)
- born in New Jersey; lives in Boston, Massachusetts

Showcase Artists

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Mark Haygood (California) marimba & theater music (L)

Sven Hoscheit (Luxembourg) percussion (R)

Ian Rosenbaum (New York) marimba (R, below)

Yaniv Yacoby (Israel) marimba (L, below) Irish-influenced original music with Chase Morrin, piano

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Special Guests

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Karl Paulnack, on developing your personal mission; guest speaker & pianist

[Music] has the ability to crack your heart open like a walnut; it can make you cry over sadness you didn't know you had. Music can slip beneath our conscious reality to get at what's really going on inside us the way a good therapist does.

- Karl Paulnack


Robert Aldridge
, composer

Director, Music Department, Rutgers University


Joseph Tompkins, on freelancing & more
Director, Percussion, Rutgers University

Steven D. Rauch, on hearing health and hearing loss
Otolaryngology Dept., Mass. Eye and Ear and Mass. General Hospital

Evan Chapman, on video production & more

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Dane Palmer
, on the marimba in pop music

Guest Performers

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- with Ian Rosenbaum

Curtis Stewart, violin
Jannina Norpoth, violin
ick Revel, viola
Amanda Gookin, cello

Mike Pope, bass

Mauricio Zotarrelli
, drums

- with Christos Rafalides Trio

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Nikola Krbanyevitch
, percussion

I.N.K. Experiment Duo - with Ivana Bilic

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percussion duo

Dan deSimone
Ayami Okamura

All personnel may be subject to change.

Ivana Bilic, Jack Van Geem photo: Claudia Hansen
Svet Stoyanov photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Nancy Zeltsman photo: Jeff Ragland
Mark Haygood photo: Una Cheng

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