Marimba 2010

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Marimba 2010 was a three-day international festival and conference hosted at the University of Minnesota. Running from April 28 to May 1, 2010, the event celebrated the music of the marimba, and brought together around 45 world-class artists and ensembles.[1] University of Minnesota's director of percussion studies Fernando Meza hosted and directed the festival.[2][3]

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Performing Artists[edit]

Notable performing artists included the following:

  • Andrew Beall, USA
  • Ivana Bilic, Croatia
  • Pius Cheung, China/Canada
  • Eriko Daimo, Japan
  • Momoko Kamiya, Japan
  • Nanae Mimura, Japan
  • William Moersch, USA
  • Katarzyna Mycka, Poland
  • Eric Sammut, France
  • Paul Smadbeck, USA
  • Kai Stensgaard, Denmark
  • Gordon Stout, USA
  • Svet Stoyanov, Bulgaria
  • She-e Wu, Taiwan/USA
  • Nancy Zeltsman, USA
  • Nebojsa Zivkovic, Serbia

A complete list of performing artists is located at

World Premieres[edit]

Marimba 2010 also saw the world premieres of a number of pieces featuring the marimba.[4] These include the following:

  • Fernando's Waltz, Paul Smadbeck
  • Like Blind Man Tapping in the Dark, Libby Larsen (performed by William Moersch and Svet Stoyanov)
  • Dreaming of the Red Chamber, Chien-Hui Hung (performed by Pei-Ching Wu)
  • Hexagram, Kai Stensgaard
  • Blossoms in the Sunlight, Takatsugu Muramatsu (performed by Momoko Kamiya)
  • Spirit, Takatsugu Muramatsu (performed by Momoko Kamiya)
  • Hato Oto, Hirotake Kitakata (performed by Momoko Kamiya)
  • The Plum Blossoms, Eiko Orita (performed by Mutsuko and Rika Fuji)
  • Visions, Stephen Paulus (performed by She-e Wu, Angel Frette, Ivana Blic, and Fernando Meza)
  • The Pilgrims' Hymn, Stephen Paulus (performed by Nanae Mimura and Nancy Zeltsman)
  • Aquí ha nacido el tiempo, Jorge Córdoba (performed by Marimba Nandayapa)

Featured Presentations[edit]

One of the major performances highlighted at Marimba 2010 was a performance in conjunction with VocalEssence. The concert, entitled Mallets & Melodies, was held in the Cathedral of St. Paul, and combined the sound of the marimba with the sound of a choir. The headlining piece was Giovanni Gabrieli's Magnificat á 33, which features 20 marimbas, 30 marimba players, and a choir.[5]

Sponsors and Partners[edit]

Marimba 2010 was presented in conjunction with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the University of Minnesota, VocalEssence, Minnesota Public Radio, the Schupert Club, the Weisman Art Museum, The Southern Theater, the Minnesota Percussion Association, and numerous other organizations.[6]


  2. [1] Archived January 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. "The magic of marimbas : UMNews : University of Minnesota". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  4. Meza, Fernando (2010). Marimba 2010, International Festival and Conference (program guide). Search this book on Logo.png
  5. "Mallets & Melodies". VocalEssence. 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2013-09-22.
  6. [2] Archived October 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine

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