Kai Strobel is 1st place winner and recipient of the audience award at the 68th ARD Music Competition 2019. As a soloist, the 1992-born percussionist has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, the Asko | Schönberg Orchestra Amsterdam, the Musicum Collegium Basel and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra among others.
He is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the German Music Competition, and an honoree of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy. Since 2022 Kai Strobel has been appointed Professor at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano and is the International Visiting Tutor at the RNCM Manchester. As a lecturer, Kai holds regular Masterclasses at places such as the Eastman School of Music (Rochester), University für Music und Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Leipzig), Mt San Antonio College (Los Angeles), Leeds Conservatoire (Leeds) and Royal Northern College of Music in (Manchester).
In collaboration with his chamber music partner and brother Marc Strobel, he initialized the Boum-Percussion Academy, a Music Workshop for young students from all around the world, which has taken place since 2021 every year in the Region of their Hometown, Stuttgart/ Germany.
Being endorsed by companies such as ADAMS Musical Instruments, Zultan Cymbals, and Meinl-Percussion, Kai continues to research innovations in percussion instruments, tones, and their richness.
In his newly founded ensemble, including percussion, bandoneon, and piano, Kai places his instrument in an innovative chamber music focus. Especially the rhythmic structure and the vivid character of the Tango Nuevo enabled Kai to explore many parallels and fitting parameters for a creative continuation of the Genre while valuing the music’s rules and norms.
Marc Strobel is a Percussionist, Composer and Creative Director. As of the 2016/2017 season Marc holds tenure as a member of the the Stuttgart State Orchestra, the official orchestra to the Opera Stuttgart and Stuttgart Ballet. Marc completed his studies in Classical Percussion at the State Universities for Music in Trossingen, Germany under the mentorship of Professor Franz Lang et al. and is a laureate of national and international competitions for both percussion and marimba.Marc was contracted by various German symphony and opera orchestras, including the SWR (Southwest German Radio) Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, Saarland State Theater Orchestra and the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra (Frankfurt/Main). As a scholarship holder of the Staatskapelle Orchestra Academy at the Berlin State Opera, he has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle. On multiple occasions Marc has been selected as both timpanist and percussionist for the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra where noteworthy performances included concerts in the Salzburg Festival. As a soloist, he has made appearances with the SWR Baden- Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of François-Xavier Roth, as well as with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano.
Besides performances in Europe, concert tours led him to the U.S., Arabia and Africa. As a lecturer, Marc Strobel holds regular Masterclasses at places such as: Music-University HFMD Frankfurt, Überschlag Festival Hannover, University of Debrecen (Hungary), State Youth Orchestra BW, Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, German National Academic Foundation Music Academy (Brixen IT). In collaboration with his brother Kai Strobel, he initializes the annual “Boum-Percussion Academy”, a music workshop for international students in the region of Stuttgart/ Germany. . As Creative Director Marc Strobel develops product-strategies & marketing-concepts for personalities and brands in the fields of culture, technology and instruments-production. Besides percussion compositions he creates ballet music in close working relation with choreographers and dancers including the Stuttgart Ballet, Gauthier Dance Company and the Saarland State Ballet, focusing on the synthesis of percussion, electronics and dance. His ballet music has been performed in Theaters in Germany, Austria, Cyprus, Slovenia and Russia, amongst others.
Marc Strobel is endorser of Meinl-Percussion Germany.
…emerged from the desire of the brothers Kai & Marc Strobel to consider percussion beyond its classical-western understanding in a more holistic view. The ensemble formed its unique musical voice by combining electroacoustic music with ordinary objects and conventional instruments. Boum-Percussion is both laboratory for new sounds and a platform for the various concert- and performance formats. The range varies from concerts by the Boum-Percussion Group, including several percussionists, to solo performances and collaborations with artists from other disciplines. Furthermore, the brothers Kai & Marc Strobel’s concern is the support of talented young drummers: music educational formats, children’s concerts, and the “Boum-Percussion Academy” in Stuttgart. They regularly attend music universities and music festivals in Italy, Austria, Croatia, Portugal, Cyprus, Netherlands, the United States, and many more. Boum-Percussion is an endorser of Meinl-Percussion and Adams-Musical Instruments.
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