22 November 2022 - online

Initiated by Anton Ždanovič

This international seminar focuses on the connection between the marimba and the piano in musically oriented performance aspects such as touch, phrasing, or practice methods. Invited speakers will share their experiences with different encounters in their artistic and teaching careers in achieving sonorous, expressive, and musical performance in playing tonal, Romantic music and other music styles. We'll talk about the possible similarities between the marimba and the piano and how beautiful, full, and melodious the marimba can sound.

High-school marimba, percussion and piano students and professional artists are welcome to share their practices, experiences, and visions of what marimba players can learn from the pianistic experience for the modern marimba.

Guest speakers

Henrik Knarborg Larsen (Denmark) – percussion artist, Doctor of Arts, head of the classical percussion department at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg, artistic director of the Nordic Percussion Festival in Aarhus, Denmark.

Ludwig Albert (Belgium) – marimba artist, Doctor of Arts, titular professor at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and the Lemmens institute in Leuven, artistic director of the Universal Marimba Competition Belgium.

Rebecca Kite (USA) – honoured marimba artist, music mentor, teacher, researcher and author of many publications, member of the Percussive Arts Society (USA).

Daniel Chudovský (Czechia/Slovakia) - composer and pianist, Doctor of Arts, specialist in contemporary music, musical critic. He is the author of many chamber and orchestral works written for various instruments, including percussion.

Anton Zhdanovich (Anton Ždanovič) (Belarus) – marimba and percussion artist, ARIA PhD Candidate, guest teacher at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Hangzhou (China) (2021), assistant marimba and chamber music teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (2018-2019), timpanist of the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra since 2022.


  • 15:30 - 15:50  Greetings, introduction of the speakers.
  • 15:50 - 16:00  Introduction of Anton Zhdanovich’s research project and its relationship to the seminar.


  • 16:00 - 16:20  Musicality in the marimba performance: how do modern players understand and percept it? What aspects do matter the most? The speakers will express their experiences.
  • 16:20 - 16:40  Potential areas of connection between the marimba and the piano: does it have untapped potential? Should marimbaists learn from the piano methods? If yes, what exactly.
  • 16:40 - 16:50  short break
  • 16:50 - 17:10  Interaction problem between the marimba/percussion and other symphonic instruments in chamber or orchestra music, given the mechanical playing specifics of the percussion instruments: does this issue exist? How can the piano-playing approach contribute to the solution?
  • 17:10 - 17:30  Discussion of the marimba conservatory/university repertoire (Europe and USA): should piano pieces be widely included in the required repertoire for Bachelor’s or Master's studies?
  • 17:30 - 18:00  Short debriefing and questions.