BALKAN PERCUSSION DUO
The collaboration between award-winning percussionists, Mitya Nilov and Ksenija Komljenović, began in Miami in 2015, at the acclaimed Frost School of Music, when the two cooperated on several high-profile chamber music projects and recordings.
Balkan Percussion Duo was formed in 2017 (with Kiril Angelov and Ksenija Komljenović as founding members) and has, since then, had the inaugural performance on June 21, 2017 for International Music Day (La Fête de la Musique) at the Kolarac Concert Hall in Belgrade, Serbia and performances in the United States and Asia. In February 2018, the duo won Second Prize at the prestigious International Percussion Competition Luxembourg. July of 2019 marked their Hong Kong debut. The duo's performance of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-Minor, BWV 565 (posted by ClassicFM), has had over 700,000 views on social media.
Balkan Percussion Duo embodies a union of divergent players who share a similar background. The group focuses on collaborations with living composers and performing new percussion repertoire while keeping rooted in musical tradition by duo's own reinvented transcriptions of famous works. As a result, their distinctive musical tendencies and means of expression give a unique blend of sound.
Dr. Ksenija Komljenović (Belgrade, Serbia) is an award-winning percussionist and composer. Throughout her versatile career, she has studied, performed, and taught across Europe, the United States, and Asia. She is a recipient of numerous academic honors and fellowships, including the American Association of University Women International Fellowship and the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship.
Ksenija is the first woman from Serbia with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Degree. She holds the Assistant Professor of Percussion position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Ksenija is a Marimba One Artist.
Find out more about Ksenija here.
One of the most dynamic percussionists of his generation, Mitya Nilov is a winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He has appeared in top halls around the globe including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall and the New World Center in Miami, FL.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of music and his master’s degree from the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire. Most recently Mitya completed his master’s degree at Yale University where he was a member of the world-renowned Yale Percussion Group. His teachers include Robert Van Sice and Concert Artist Guild alumni Svet Stoyanov.
Mitya is a proud Vic Firth Mallet Company Educational Artist.
Find out more about Mitya here.
Kiril Angelov (Pleven, Bulgaria) won his first international percussion competition, PENDIM, when he was 8 years old. After graduating the National School of Art “Panaiot Pipkov”, Kiril continued his Bachelor studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, mostly focusing on orchestral repertoire – an experience which culminated in performing at the Concertgebouw. Upon graduation, Kiril moved to Miami, where he got his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Frost School of Music. During his studies, Kiril was a two-time winner of the Frost Concerto Competition, performing Avner Dorman's Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, as well as Frozen in Time.
March 8, 2020 • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (recital)
March 5-6, 2020 • Radford University, Radford, VA (performance/masterclass)
March 4, 2020 • James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (performance/masterclass)
November 2019 • Headlining the Western Colorado Percussion Festival at Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO)!
November 2019 • Mitya Nilov has joined our artist roster!
July 6, 2019 • Performance at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Hong Kong SAR, China (in collaboration with Toolbox Percussion)
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach (transcription by Ksenija Komljenović)
Toccata for Vibraphone and Marimba by Anders Koppel
Tango Suite by Astor Piazzolla (own transcription)
Passacaglia by Anna Ignatowicz-Gliñska
The Book of Grooves by Alejandro Viñao
Goldrush by Jacob ter Veldhuis
Gyro by Tomer Yariv
Selection of Preludes by Frederich Chopin (own transcription)
4 Sale by Ksenija Komljenović
Astral Trip by Jiaying Zhou
L'Isle Joyeuse by Claude Debussy (arr. by Kai Strobel)
Terra X for Percussion Duo and String Quartet by Alex Mullenbach