BALKAN PERCUSSION DUO
The collaboration between award-winning percussionists, Kiril Angelov 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. In the following years, they shared the stage in numerous contexts – from playing in orchestras to collaborating with contortionists, to performing a world premiere under the strobe lights of the III Points alternative music festival.
Balkan Percussion Duo was formed in 2017 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 two divergent players who share a common background. The duo 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.
Find out more about Ksenija 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.
July 6, 2019: Our first performance in Hong Kong in collaboration with Toolbox Percussion! Join us at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre and stay tuned for masterclass information.
August 2-9, 2019: Balkan Percussion Duo will be joining the amazing faculty at WPG Las Vegas Summer Academy!
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