Daniel Vasiliev

Daniel Vasiliev, born on November 10th, 1984, is a Russian musician who began playing piano at age 5. He grew up in a musical family – his mother is a Choir Conductor and his older brother plays the flute, only his father was not a musician being an engineer instead. At 7 years old, he shifted his musical focus to percussion instruments with great success, going on to win prizes at the St. Petersburg and All-Russian competitions as a classical drummer. As a teenager, Daniel always enjoyed jazz music. After entering St. Petersburg Conservatory, he decided to change his career to jazz. He moved to Germany, where he studied jazz vibraphone with Bill Mollenhof in Nuremberg, and later, jazz piano at Munich Musikhochschule with Professor Leonid Chizhik.

Ivan Ivanchenko

Ivan Ivanchenko was born in 1981 in the big industrial Siberian City Omsk. He began learning the drums as a child and later entered Music School as a classical percussionist at the age of 13. One year later he won third Prize in the Novosibirsk Percussion Contest. followed by second prize in the Magnitogorsk local percussion competition in 1997. In 1998, after successfully completing music school Ivan entered The College of Music in Omsk to continue his education under the instruction of experienced teacher Edward Kurguz. Under his guidance the ensemble “Marimba” was founded in which Ivan played. The popularity and success of the ensemble grew fast and soon the young percussionists toured and played in Russia, Kazachstan, Bulgaria, and Poland. It was in a percussion workshop in Kozalin, Poland, that Ivan met the American vibraphonist and teacher Bill Molenhof.

2002 was a good year for Ivan and his group. The ensemble won second prize at Sofia International Contest for Percussion and Ivan himself was awarded a special Prize from the internationally renowned teacher and percussionist Siegfried Fink. Later that year Ivan graduated with a first class degree from The College of Music, Omsk. After graduating he was delighted to have an offer to study Jazz at The Nuremberg University of Music in Germany under Bill Molenhof's instruction. He went on to win the local Bruno-Rother Jazz Prize twice and got a place in the German Youth Big Band (BuJazzO) under the patronage of Peter Herbolzheimer. The Band toured and played regularly in Germany, Africa, and the Ukraine. He also became a member of a few bands including the Jazz Chamber Trio BIS and “Neo Percussion Duo”.