Alexej Gerassimez, Percussionist

As a musician, percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, born in 1987 in Essen, Germany, is as multi-faceted as the instruments he works with. His repertoire ranges from classical music to the contemporary new music and jazz to minimal music and in addition he expands his scope of talents with his own compositions.

He performs as a guest soloist in internationally renowned orchestra presentations (including those of the North German Broadcasting Corporation’s (NDR) Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, the Southwest-German Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) under the direction of conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Kristjan Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Michel Tabachnik.

In addition, Alexej Gerassimez creates solo programmes and gives performances with his own Percussion Group at music festivals such as the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern and the Beethovenfest Bonn. Alexej Gerassimez also participates as an enthusiastic chamber musician in a vast variety of ensembles. His artistic curiosity and the pleasure he takes in crossing boundaries are reflected in his desire to reach an audience that is as heterogeneous as possible and introduce it to the entire spectrum of instruments. In keeping with this objective, Alexej Gerassimez integrates objects from contexts not generally associated with music, such as brake discs, barrels or marine propellers with the usual percussion and melody instruments.

The percussionist derives his inspiration from the sounds and rhythms of everyday life. He combines a variety of music styles with traditional and newly discovered timbres and thus provides very direct listening experiences for his audience. His own compositions are characterised by the exploration of rhythmic and acoustic possibilities as well as the creation of highly original sounds. His first CD, which was released in 2012 by GENUIN and includes some of his own work, was received with enthusiasm by the press.

Alexej Gerassimez, now residing in Berlin, can look back on a remarkable number of successes in competitions. The most prestigious awards include the second prize in the ARD Music Competition in September 2014; the first prize in the German music competition Deutscher Musikrat [German Music Council] Wettbewerb and the first prize as well as the Audience Award, the Press Award and Special Prize in the TROMP Percussion Competition in 2010. Alexej Gerassimez completed his education as a student with Christian Roderburg and Stefan Hüge at such universities or conservatories of music and art as the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and with Peter Sadlo at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Meanwhile he is actively engaged as a guest lecturer at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Birmingham Conservatoire.

He holds scholarships from various foundations such as the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the PE Foundation for Talented Musicians. He was also supported by the Degussa-Stiftung, the Jürgen Ponto Stiftung, the Jütting Stiftung, the GenRe Stiftung, the Orlandus Lassus Stiftung and the Dr. Carl Dörken Stiftung.