Tatiana was born in Russia. She started playing piano and accordion at the age of 6 and was graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Novosibirsk, Russia). Tatiana’s teaching experience has been started in 1989 and includes judging at several International competitions held in Italy, England, Australia & New Zealand. Tatiana moved to Auckland in 1996 and apart from her full-time teaching in Epsom Music School she is a chamber music musician being a member of such groups as VIVO and BRAVURA, piano accompanist and an associate player with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Blas Gonzalez a varied career as teacher, pianist, and composer. Educated in Argentina and the USA, Blas moved to New Zealand at the end of 2009. He has performed widely in USA, Argentina, NZ and Taiwan. Blas has enjoyed teaching appointments at Missouri Western State University, and the Community Music School at the University of Missouri-Kansas. He currently divides his time teaching both privately and as itinerant teacher in schools, working as an accompanist, and performing.
Grace Park is a jazz pianist. She started playing the piano at the age of 5, gained passion for jazz piano at 17, and is currently completing her Bachelors of Music at the University of Auckland, studying Jazz Performance. Before university, she was under the guidance of Tatiana Lanchtchikova as well as Crystal Choi. In her first year of Jazz Performance, she studied at Victoria University of Wellington under Mark Donlon, and the teachers for her study in Auckland include Kevin Field, Grant Winterburn and Phil Broadhurst.
She has done a number of gigs with fellow musicians in Wellington, and has a great interest in ensemble playing. Her teaching experiences cover a wide range of genres, including jazz, pop and gospel, as well as teaching theory classes at Epsom Music School since 2014.
Kee Hee Lee
Kee-Hee began her piano studies at the age of eight and prior to her studies at the University of Auckland was under the guidance of Tatiana Lanchtchikova at the Epsom Music School. In 2015, she completed her masters degree in piano performance under the tutelage of Stephen De Pledge. During her time in university, Kee Hee was placed first in the Te Awamutu competition for the Jan Yarndley Mozart prize in 2012 and after placing second in the Hamilton recital competition she competed in the semifinals of the National Young Performer Awards in Invercargill. In the year 2013 she received the Margaret Doone Memorial Piano Sonata Scholarship as the winner of IRMT’s Sonata Competition. She was also one of 16 contestants selected to compete in the Wallace National Piano Competition in July 2015.
From a young age Kee-Hee developed a passion for chamber music enhancing to the semifinals and district finals of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest. Her debut concerto performance was with the Aotea Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2006 followed by another performance in 2008 performing Mozart piano concerto in F Major K459.
Rachel Song is a South Korean born New Zealand pianist who completed her Masters of Music in classical piano performance at the University of Auckland. She received numerous awards and scholarships during her tertiary studies in Auckland and has participated in various music festivals and competitions including ROSL, Wallace International music festival, Gisborne International music competition and Lee University International Piano Festival.
As a dedicated collaborative pianist, she has performed extensively throughout New Zealand with various ensembles and choirs. She has built a unique connection with the North Shore Youth Music with director Vanessa Kay since 2009 and frequently embarks tours with talented students; their most recent tour held in Tasmania.
As well as being a performer, she is a passionate and experienced music teacher. She has been teaching privately and in institutions for over 10 years based in North Shore and produced outstanding students passing exams with distinction mark. Also, from time to time, she ﬂies to third-world countries as part of a missionary group to teach music.
Born in Taiwan, Lisa immigrated with her family to Auckland in 1995. At age 14, she made her debut with the Academy Orchestra of Auckland in New Zealand and Australia playing Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no.1.
Under the guidance of Associate Professor Rae de Lisle, Lisa completed Masters in Performance with First Class Honours at the University of Auckland.
Lisa pursued further studies in Vienna from 2009, where she lived, studied and worked as a performing musician for over six years. During this time, she had the privilege of learning privately from acclaimed pianist and scholar Paul Badura Skoda.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Lisa became immersed as an educator and worked as a private piano tutor at the Napier Girls High School in 2016.
As well as teaching, Lisa engages passionately as a chamber musician and is a member of the collective Ensemble East; with the objective of benefiting the communities in which they live in through active music-making.
Marko Pop Ristov
Marko Pop Ristov graduated from the Royal College of Music (London) with BMus in 2009, and has his Masters in Chamber Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. At 16 he was invited and awarded a scholarship to study with Prof. Pavel Vernikov at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” in Florence, Italy. Marko has been awarded first prizes in several international competitions including “Performing Australian Music” (London, 2008), “Giovanni Batista Pergolesi” (Italy, 2003) and “Peter Konjovich” (Yougoslavia, 2001). He has appeared as a soloist with “Kensington Sinfonia” (UK), “Orchestra dei Ragazzi” (Italy), “Bitola Chamber Orchestra” and “National Symphony Orchestra” (Macedonia).
During his time in London Marko received many coachings from eminent musicians and artists such as: “Bedke Quartet”, “Chilingarina Quartet”, “Domus Quartet”, “Belcea Quartet”, “Florestan Trio” and many more. His piano quartet, the “Ristov Quartet” in its two year existence performed on many festivals in the UK, France, Swizerland, Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia. In 2010 they were invited to perform the “Rombach” piano trio by P. Dusapin for the BBC Proms and had his Barbican debut in 2012. Since his arrival in New Zealand in 2013 Marko is a regular player with the APO and ACO as well as section leader of “Bach Musica” and leader of the newly formed “Wairau Sinfonietta”. Marko together with three other colleagues has founded the “Villani Piano Quartet”.
ATCL, BMus Honors 1st class
As a violinist, Robert has enjoyed a career playing violin with many fine orchestras including the NZSO, APO, Collegium Musicum Copenhagen and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been concert master of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Wellington Sinfonia and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra where he still works.
As a teacher, Robert enjoys bringing the world of music alive to young students some of whom have gone onto to become professional musicians and teachers in their own right. He is very pleased to offer lessons at Kadimah and ACG Parnell his two central city schools.
Originally from Dunedin, Helen Bevin gained a Masters of Music with Distinction from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011, studying under Rachel Roberts. She then spent two years in London freelancing with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, touring extensively throughout Europe and China. Helen also lived in Finland after being appointed Solo Viola with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
Closer to home Helen has played with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington and Southern Sinfonia. While studying with Gillian Ansell at the New Zealand School of Music she was Principal Viola with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, performed concertos with the NZSM University and Dunedin Youth Orchestras, and won a number of awards including the Pettman/ROSL Arts International Scholarship. She has played solo recitals throughout New Zealand and the UK and has attended IMS Prussia Cove, Thy Masterclass and Moritzburg Festival Academy.
Jiwon is a Korean born New Zealand raised violinist and holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the New Zealand School of Music. Principal teachers include Stephen Larsen, Vesa-Matti Leppanen (concertmaster NZSO) and Wilma Smith (ex-concertmaster MSO). Throughout her studies she was a recipient of many scholarships and prizes including solo and chamber music competitions. Since her student days she has been performing extensively as an orchestral violinist and is currently on contract as Tutti Violin with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She has also played regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras in New Zealand and Australia. She also recently spent time in the UK receiving lessons from principal players of the top London orchestras including Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras. Jiwon has many years of private teaching experience and enjoys helping students achieve their violin and musical goals.
Veronica graduated from Chung-Ang University in Korea, where she received a full scholarship for her four year bachelor's degree. She had participated in master classes which were held at Universität Wien in Austria. After graduating from the university, she performed with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra before coming to New Zealand. She then pursued the further performance study at the University of Auckland, completing Postgraduate Diploma. Veronica has performed with Bach Musica, Pipers Sinfonietta, Manukau Symphony, and Wairua Sinfonietta. Currently, she is focusing on teaching violin, viola, and chamber music.
Callum holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University, where he studied with Suren Bagratuni. While at MSU Callum was a teaching assistant to Professor Bagratuni and principal cellist of the MSU Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his studies in the USA he completed his Masters degree in cello performance at the University of Waikato, studying with James Tennant. Callum has taken part in masterclasses with Gautier Capucon, Alexander Ivashkin, Laurence Lesser, Leslie Parnas, and Thorlief Thedeen.
In 2014 Callum toured for Chamber Music New Zealand as a member of the Rangitoto Piano Trio, which was recorded live in concert for broadcast on Radio New Zealand, and he recently recorded the six Michl bassoon quartets for Atoll Records with his two sisters and bassoonist Ben Hoadley. Callum teaches for the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music in Auckland and is a contract member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also played regularly in orchestras such as the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Opus Chamber Orchestra, Jackson Symphony, Lansing Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony.
Callum studied piano with Rae de Lisle and Katherine Austin during his Bachelor’s degree, and has performed extensively as an accompanist in the United States and New Zealand.
As a graduate of University of Waikato under James Tennant and the University of Auckland under Edith Salzmann, she has played for, and worked with many renowned artists such as Elisabeth Kufferath of the Tetzlaff String Quartet, Daniel Müller-Schott, Torleif Thedéen, Alexander Gebert, Clemens Krieger, Dinar Enikeev and Ramón Jaffé amongst others. In 2014, her chamber group took first prize at the ACMNZ competition with Igor Naidin of the Borodin Quartet on the panel. A recipient of the Sir James Wallace Arts Fund, Anne Bellam and the Pettman National Junior Academy scholarships, Jesbery has recently completed her internship with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and is now a casual member of the orchestra.
James Yoo was born in 1988 in South Korea and he began playing cello at the age of 7. He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium, the Musikhochschule in Cologne, and The University of Waikato. Former teachers include Maria Kliegel, James Tennant, Susan Blake and Thomas Tsai.
James regularly performs throughout New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Since the age of 16, he has been frequently invited to perform on Fine Music 102.5FM and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He has also performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including SBS Television and Radio Youth orchestra, Kuring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, North Sydney Youth Symphony, Camerata Ensemble and The University of Waikato Orchestra.
James was a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for 4 years.
He currently teaches cello and chamber music at the University of Auckland.
As an educator, James is well known in the Auckland musical community, both as a cello and chamber music teacher. He is particularly interested in analysing and giving lecture recitals on technical aspects of cello playing, including Etudes and Caprices by David Popper and Carlo Alfredo Piatti.
Born in USSR (Tashkent City, Republic of Uzbekistan, USSR). In 1975 he started studying cello and double bass at the Uspensky Special Music School. In 1993 he was graduated as a double bass player from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory (Russia).
His full-time professional orchestra experience includes working with the Army Orchestra of the Siberian Region, Chamber Orchestra of Novosibirsk Philharmonia (Novosibirsk, Russia), the Novosibirsk State Academic Symphony Orchestra (Novosibirsk, Russia), Slavic Academic Symphony Orchestra (Moscow, Russia), Opera and Ballet orchestra of Zatz Theatra (Moscow, Russia), Bilkent Academic Symphony Orchestra (Ankara, Turkey) and Auckland Philharmonia.
Evgeny’s teaching experience includes teaching double bass in Bilkent University (Turkey), The University of Auckland and the Epsom Music School.
MMus Perfomance- BMus singing
Educated in Europe and New Zealand, Italian lyric coloratura soprano Lilia Carpinelli holds a Master of Music (First Class) from Auckland University and a Singing Degree from Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Martucci Salerno (Italy). Based in Auckland since 2008, Lilia has appeared with orchestras in Italy, Austria, China, Israel and Palestine. She is currently a New Zealand Opera Freemasons Resident Artist and a member of the NBR Chapman Opera Chorus.
In addition to engagements all over the world, Lilia maintains a strong presence in New Zealand as performer and as teacher. As a singing teacher Lilia has more than 20 years experience. She enjoys teaching a variety of singing styles to students of any age and level.
Antonia has been singing since the age of 7 and was a member of the Auckland Girls’ Choir from 2010-2015. From her experience in the choir, she developed a great interest in Classical singing, and trained under the professional teaching of Christine Treseder-Hallett from 2016-2019. In 2018 Antonia achieved Trinity College Grade 8 with Distinction and is currently completing her first year studying Classical Voice at the University of Auckland, under the tutoring of acclaimed New Zealand soprano, Dr Morag Atchison.
As well as singing, Antonia has completed Grade 8 Piano, actively played the violin and saxophone in high school ensembles and has been teaching Theory at the music school since 2017.
Kylie is a Kiwi-born singer and vocal tutor. Influenced by Alicia Keys, Tierney Sutton and India Arie among others, her soulful voice is powerful and versatile. She has experience performing in New Zealand and internationally. Kylie completed a certificate of performance at Excel School of Performing Arts and was awarded top female vocalist. She participated in the 2nd year program touring the North Island extensively for 5 months. Alongside gigging for weddings and functions she was involved in numerous community tours and performances in Germany, Russia and Poland.
She returned to Excel 2012 to teach vocals and can now be found singing or teaching singing privately after completing her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Vocals, training under Julie Mason. Additionally she has completed Levels 1 & 2 of Estill Voice Training. Kylie can be found performing with her trio Stolen Moments or Auckland Bands Fibonacci & Big Ticket among other projects.
Hye-Won Suh is a South Korean-born flutist of New Zealand. She gained a Master of Music from the University of Auckland under tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd before she moved to Boston, USA, and gained Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory in studio of Ms. Elizabeth Rowe, the Principal Flute of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Hye-Won’s competition successes include; first prize in the KBB New Zealand Woodwind Competition, first prize in the Tauranga Performing Arts Competition, and being the youngest finalists at the Australian Flute Competition. She has performed the Ibert Flute Concerto and Mozart Concerto in G with various orchestras and played principal flute role with the Auckland Youth Orchestra, the University of Auckland Orchestra, and NZSO National Youth Orchestra. Hye-Won received number of scholarships including Anne Bellam Scholarships, John Baros Scholarship, NZSO Alex Lindsay Award, the UOA Vice Chancellor’s Arts Support Fund. She was also a fellowship student of the NZSO and the recipient of AIMES Music Award sponsored by Albany Toyota.
During her two years study in the United States, she had great privilege to play for internationally acclaimed musicians such as Marina Piccinini, Amy Porter, Leone Buyse, Borromeo String Quartet, John Ferrillo, and Robert Langevin. As one of Hye-Won’s passion lies in performing new music, she was actively involved in performing new music in Callithumpian Consort directed by Stephen Drury. As well as performing works of Morten Feldman, Charles Ives, Thomas Adès, she has performed British composer Julian Anderson’s Van Gogh Blue (2015) under direction of the composer himself in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Preconcert series. She has played principal flute role in the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, directed by Hugh Wolff. Other conductors she has worked with include Sir. Andrew Davis, Alexander Shelley, Richard Gill, and Leonard Slatkin.
Hye-Won has been teaching for over a decade and her students gain distinction in ABRSM and Trinity Grade exams. She loves working with young students and is a passionate teacher in both solo and ensemble playing.
Raewyn Winter was born in New Zealand, where she completed a BMus(Hons) with Anthony Ferner. She went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Richard Davis, Linda Verrier and Joanne Boddington, graduating with a PGDip and MMus. She was a recipient of Arts Excellence Awards from the Malvina Major Foundation and the Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts. Returning to New Zealand in 2008, Raewyn now enjoys a busy teaching career in Auckland and continues to perform as a freelance musician with orchestras including the Auckland Philharmonia, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony.
Recorder / Flute (beginners) / Theory
Jessye has been playing piano since the age of 9 with Tatiana Lanchtchikova, and the flute since the age of 11 under the guidance of Adriana Lis. She has been teaching beginners flute for 2 years at St Paul’s and Baradene College, as well as teaching theory classes at Epsom Music School since 2014. She is currently a science student at Massey University.
Christine Kim is a flautist who successfully completed her Advanced Studies with Professor Mirjam Nastasi at Freiburg Musikhochschule in Germany. She also holds a Bachelor of Music First Class Honours and Master of Music under the tutelage of Professor Uwe Grodd at the University of Auckland School of Music.
Christine has won numerous scholarships and awards including, the 74th Annual Society of American Musicians Competition in the United States, 1st place in the University of Auckland Graduation Gala Concerto Competition, 2nd place and Best Woodwind in the Rotorua National Concerto Competition and 2nd place with her flute and piano duo at the Internationale Interpretationswettbewerb Verfemte Musik in Schwerin, Germany.
Throughout her career Christine was chosen to participate in numerous master classes with artists such as Marya Martin, Leone Buyse, Felix Renggli, Jean Ferrandis, Paul Edmund-Davis, Denis Bouriakov, Robert Aitken and Sir James Galway.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2013, Christine has been an active freelance musician, with a passion for teaching and a special love and knowledge of woodwind chamber music.
B Mus Perf. (Bassoon) Auckland University, Dip. Tch
Ruth is an Auckland based bassoonist and teacher. She has been a long-standing performer with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra until recently, playing Bassoon and Contrabassoon. Other orchestral experience includes performing with the NZSO as well as with local Auckland orchestras when required.
Ruth has been a specialist teacher of the bassoon since graduating from Auckland University with a Performance Degree, and she also holds a Diploma of Teaching. She currently teaches in an itinerant capacity in nine Auckland high schools, as well as maintaining a studio of private pupils
Steve Sherriff has been involved in the music industry as a music teacher and professional musician for over 30 years. He teaches currently at Pinehurst School and Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. Steve also has a roster of students he teaches privately, giving in home lessons during the week in the evenings plus Saturdays. In 2019, in addition, he looks forward to taking up teaching positions at Northcross Intermediate and ACG Parnell. Steve works as a freelance musician with a varied resume which includes theatre work playing in the shows of Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror, Singin’ in the rain, just to mention a few. He has released an album of his own compositions and currently fronts his own 6 piece jazz group focusing on creating collaborative original compositions.
A masters graduate in performance clarinet with highest honours from the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland. He was the only clarinettist to be accepted into the Sibelius Academy Masters Program for Performance Clarinet in 2010. During his education Rowan studied with clarinettists such as Harri Mäki, Asko Heiskanen and Olli Leppäniemi, and concluded his studies by performing John Adams Gnarly Buttons Clarinet Concerto with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra.
Rowan has been frequently invited to play with orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Symphony, Sibelius Academy Symphony, and since his return home to New Zealand in 2013 he has been performing with orchestras such as the New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony. Rowan is a keen chamber musician having won a number of chamber music competitions, and has up until recently been regularly traveling around Scandinavia touring with the chamber music group Marinis Quintet. Rowan has also toured as a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Auckland Youth Orchestra and the Waitakere Orchestra.
He is an avid contemporary music performer and has won the Lilburn Composition Competition Performance Prize. Rowan has been part of many collaboration projects with New Zealand composers, and this will be a particular focus in his performing schedule over the coming year. Since his return, Rowan has been teaching clarinet at the University of Waikato.
Linda Filimoehala won several competitions in Auckland. At the age of 19 she won her first open age championship in the ABA fast melody solo competition, In 2013 she became the first pacific islander and the first euphonium player to be a finalist in the Auckland University Graduation Gala Concerto Competition and to this day she is still the only Pacific Islander and Euphonium player to have made it in the final. She recieved a Gold in the New Zealand Concert Band Association (NZCBA) solo competition and won the open age category in 2017 and 2018. Linda has participated in many Brass Bands, such as the Auckland City Youth and Senior Band, The Smiths Locksmiths Manukau City Brass Band, The Royal Air Force Brass Band and is currently playing principal Euphonium for the Trusts Waitakere Brass Band, The Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery Brass, The Central Auckland Brass Band and hails from a family of talented Tongan musicians. Linda’s greatest achievement was opening a music academy in 2015 for underprivileged kids who couldn’t afford lessons. Working together with her family they were able to provide free education as well as free musical instruments. Linda is a passionate musician and loves what she does.
Jake Krishnamurti is currently completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. He first started playing the trumpet at the age of 4 and now regularly performs with many ensembles throughout Auckland. He also began playing trombone in high school and has earned DipABRSM Music Performance Diplomas on both trumpet and trombone.
His professional experience includes playing in performances of Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot the Musical and at the Pop-up Globe. Jake is also a keen jazz musician and has performed at the Tauranga Jazz Festival with groups such as ALCHEMY and the Queen City Big Band. Musical highlights include playing a duet with Josh Groban, performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra alongside Sol3 Mio at Christmas in the Vines, as well as playing at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Masters Games.
Anita has recently returned from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane receiving a Masters in Music Studies (French Horn) as well as The Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in both years of study. She previously completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) majoring in Classical Performance, French Horn in 2017 at the University of Auckland where she was also awarded an Auckland University Summer Research Scholarship that looked at teaching brass to 5-7 year olds via age-appropriate pedagogies. Anita has undertaken professional development through the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Internship (2019), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Fellowship (2017) and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Internship (2016). Anita has worked as a freelance horn player in both New Zealand and Australia including Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as well as previously being principal horn of the Auckland Youth Orchestra and NZSO National Youth Orchestra. In 2020 she will be presenting a series of solo recitals with pianist Camila de Oliveira and performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 with Northland Sinfonia.
John Jan Flameling
BMus(Perf) LTCL AIRMT
Born in Holland, John Flameling holds a Bachelor of Music performance from the University of Auckland (1993) where he studied with Michel Eliard (Belgium) and Gunter Herbig (Germany). After finishing University studies he gained the LTCL teachers Diploma. He has been an associate of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers NZ since 1988. He has taught classical guitar at many Auckland schools including St Cuthbert’ College, St Peter’s College and Diocesan School as well as teaching privately. John teaches all ages and levels and prepares students for music examinations. He has completed Level One and Two Suzuki guitar teacher training.
Guitar, E-Bass, Drums
Sam Montgomery is a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance graduate who has been teaching guitar and drums since age 16. He began playing guitar at age 10 with an enthusiasm for Rock and Metal music. He has since developed a vast repertoire of songs and instrumentals he is able to perform note for note. He is able to sing and play guitar and has done so with a trio since the age of 11. Between 2017 and 2019 he toured New Zealand playing drums with the Shambles and performing at various music festivals including Rhythm and Vines, Tuki Festival and Nest Fest. Currently, he is playing regular nylon-string guitar duo gigs with Los Gitanos performing an array of challenging jazz repertoire.
Josiah is a composer, conductor and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He has just finished his masters degree in composition studying with Leonie Holmes, and has had the opportunity to work with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZ Trio and ACE Brass Trio along with many other performers and ensembles throughout the country. He has also performed professionally with some of NZ’s best ensembles and performers as a percussionist.