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Rhythm Across the Centuries: Li Biao & Percussion Ensemble of Berliner Philharmoniker Concert

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Li Biao Percussion
Li Biao, one of the few outstanding solo percussionists in the recent international music stage, win the world acclaim as an exceptional solo percussionist in the contemporary era by virtue of his extraordinary musicality of the percussion instruments as well as his unique demeanor.
Born in Nanking, China, Li Biao manifested his natural endowment in music at a very early age. He began his musical studies at the age of five. He attended the China Conservatory of Music in the year 1982 for percussion study. Upon graduation in 1988, Li was selected by the Chinese government as the first percussionist to study in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Learning from V. Sniegerew, Li Biao graduated with a master degree of first honor. After winning the DAAD scholarship, Li continued his music education at the Munich Conservatory of Music in Germany between 1995 and 1998 and graduated with a Master Diploma. 
During his studies, Li attained rewards in many international prestigious competitions, such as the Debrecen Percussion Competition in 1993 and the Alimata Music Competition in 1995. Consequently, he became the first Chinese, who won the international percussion competition. 
Li Biao gave a great number of solo recitals during various music festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festival der National, Bad Kissingen Music Festival, Night of percussion in Berlin philharmonic and Music Viva, etc. Li has performed his percussion pieces in more than 70 countries, as well as cooperated with renowned orchestras and chamber philharmonic society, such as: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic of the Nations,China Philharmonic Orchestra and many others around the world. 
Li Biao has recorded his percussion albums with world famous record companies, such as EMI and Teldec. Li Biao has also given lessons at many music institutes in Europe U.S, and Japan as well as took the role of judge at international percussion competitions. 
In the year 2003, Li Biao accepted the invitation from Beijing Central Conservatory of Music as a music professor there. Simultaneously, he began to teach in HochschulefuerMusik 'Hanns-Eisler' in Berlin and was employed as a professor later in 2006. Thus, Li became the first Asian percussionist who was offered the title of professor of the prestigious music institute in the world. 
In 2008, Li Biao and his percussion group were invited to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and to record all the percussion music for the closing ceremony. In 2008 and 2009, Li Biao led his percussion group to hold a series of concerts in 14 cities in China under the sponsor of Mercedes-Benz and stirred up the mania of percussion music in China mainland. From April to May 2009, Li Biao delivered 22 concerts on a trans-era tour of eight European countries. 
In 2008, Li Biao received the 'National Spirit Achiever Award' from Mercedes-Benz, AMG and City Magazine. In the same year, he was awarded 'Men of Taste and Success 2009' by Men's Bazaar in 2009. 
Li Biao's major recent concerts include the First International Percussion Festival at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, a world percussion feast of which he acted as music director, European and Asian tours, as well as a proposed world tour with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach.

Rainer Seegers Principal Timpanist of Berliner Philharmoniker
Rainer Seegers comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather, for many years Principal Trumpet of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, gave his the necessary musical arsenal for his later career as an orchestral player. After settling with his family in Hanover, Rainer Seegers entered the city's Musikhochschule to begin his training as a percussionist and timpanist. Already active as a substitute in the orchestra of the Hanover Staatsoper from the age of 13, he took up his first permanent engagement as Principal Timpanist at the Braunschweig Staatstheater. In 1979 he moved to the same position with the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, and from 1977 to 1982 he was also a member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. In 1984 Seegers joined the Berliner Philharmoniker – first as a regular deputy, then, from 1986, in a permanent position as successor to the orchestra's principal timpanist Werner Tharichen. Until 1983 on the staff of the Hanover Musikhochschule, he now teaches in the Berliner Philharmoniker's Orchestra Academy and as a professor at Berlin's Hanns Eisler Hochschule der Musik.

Jan Schlichte Mermber of Percussion Ensemble of Berliner Philharmoniker
Jan Schlichte began his studies in 1991 at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule and continued at the Trossingen Musikhochschule, where his teachers included Franz Lang and Rainer Seegers, the timpanist of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 1997/1998 he was a scholar in the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy, where he continued receiving instruction from Rainer Seegers. Before joining the orchestra in September 1998, Jan Schlichte acquired extensive experience playing in, among other ensembles, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Southwest German (SWR) Radio Orchestra. His particular interest in contemporary chamber music with piano and percussion led him, after concerts at various festivals, to become a founding member of the Berlin ensemble KlangArt. Jan Schlichte also plays in the Berlin Chamber Ensemble for New Music as well as the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. As a teacher, he has been involved in a music-pedagogical project in Venezuela.

Daniel Eichholz Member of Percussion Ensemble of Berliner Philharmoniker
Daniel Eichholz was born in Wolfsburg, Germany. He started playing percussion and piano at five was a three-time national-award winner of the "jugend musiziert" competition, leading him to study classical percussion in Hamburg and Berlin with percussion icons such as Joachim Winkler, Edgar Guggeis, Rainer Seegers, Franz Schindlbeck and Li Biao. Daniel has played and worked with orchestras like Staatsoper Hamburg, NDR Symphonieorchester and Berliner Philharmoniker. He has also performed with solo percussion greats such as Peter Sadlo. Keiko Abe, Evelyn Glennie and ensembles like the Percusemble Berlin, Elbtonal Schlagwerk and Musica Viva. 
Daniel is not only working in the classical field of music, but has also been playing drums for German pop artists Tocotronic, Marlon and Toni Kater. He is a permanent member of multiple-gold-awarded German electro-pop band raumwohnung and has been touring to Europe and China with them. 

Franz Schindlbeck Member of Percussion Ensemble of Berliner Philharmoniker
Franz Schindlbeck has been drumming since he was five. At twelve he began regular percussion instruction and studied from 1983 to 1988 with Hermann Gschwendtner at the Trossingen Musikhochschule. Before becoming a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he gathered his first orchestral experience as principal percussionist between 1988 and 1992 at the Mannheim National theater.
Schindlbeck loves jazz as well as classical music. While still a student, he was already playing in a number of bands and as drummer in the youth big band of Baden-Württemberg state. In 1999, together with Philharmoniker colleagues, he founded the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group. Since 1994 he has taught in the Philharmonic's Orchestra Academy.