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Music at Noon Series
Anders Elten, marimba (Denmark)
12:15 pm, April 3, 2018
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!
Presented by the Department of Music
The art of classical marimba playing is continuously evolving, and in this recital, Danish marimba player Anders Elten will showcase many of the newly developed techniques for the instrument. Pieces by Bach, Scarlatti and Paganini that may have previously been considered technically impossible will be performed, alongside original works for marimba composed by the Chinese-Canadian marimba virtuoso Pius Cheung.
Danish marimbist Anders Elten is fiercely devoted to the dissemination of the marimba as a modern concert instrument. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed extensively in Europe and the United States and toured Asia with the Percurama percussion ensemble.
He is the winner of several major music competitions: among others, the ‘Grand Prize’ at the Enkor Music Competition in Germany, the first prize in the prestigious annual soloist competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, as well as the third prize and the ‘Keiko Abe Honorary Award’ in the Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium – one of the biggest marimba competitions in the world.
In 2016 he joined the “World Percussion Group” ensemble as the soloist and toured the U.S. playing a multitude of solo and ensemble concerts at various universities. In the fall of 2016, the World Percussion Group was featured in a showcase concert at “PASIC” (Percussive Arts Society International Convention).
He is currently teaching marimba at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and at the same time preparing his debut concert from the soloist class.
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