The Collectors (2018)

Samuel Penderbayne, Moritz Eggert, Yannis Kyriakides, Jan-Peter de Graaff

Konstantyn Napolov, Eke Simons

Music for piano and percussion, music that can be more expressive and explosive than any other duo imaginable. The beautiful sonority of a big Fazioli grand piano, combined with the raw force and timbral structure of a giant set of percussion, and even some electronics here and there.

The Collectors features four pieces by four contemporary composers Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Moritz Eggert, and Samuel Penderbayne. All pieces don’t just expand the repertoire of this unusual combination, but also discover all kinds of new aspects to it, exploring all sonic and musical possibilities possible.

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Konstantyn Napolov

Konstantyn Napolov graduated with his Bachelor degree in 2013 and Master diploma in 2015 cum laude in the percussion department of The Royal Conservatory at The Hague educated by Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagtegaal, Marinus Komst and Wim Vos. Foregoing he has succeeded in getting his Bachelor and Master of Percussion and Conducting at the National Music Academy Kiev (Ukraine).

With his Percussion-Trio 'Davai Perkusion' Konstantyn won the first prize during the Grachtenfestival Concours at The Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Twice they ended up as a finalists of the Kamermuziek Concours Almere, IPC Luxembourg, won the first prize at 'Oh, Oh Intro' – popfestival The Hague.

During his first year of Master he was accepted to do his Erasmus-study at the conservatory with the oldest percussion traditions – Cité de la Musique et de la Danse Conservatoire de Strasbourg, educated by Emmanuel Séjourné, Denis Riedinger and Stephan Fougeroux. Beside this he participated in several master classes by wellknown percussionists like Peter Sadlo, Mark Pekarski, Christian Dierstein, Paul Mootz, Marta Klimasara, Robyn Schulkowsky, Nancy Zaltsman and many others.

Konstantyn is a great promoter of contemporary percussion till now he premiered more than 10 new works. Together with Kaija Saariaho, Martijn Padding, Unsuk Chin, John Luther Adams, Philippe Manoury (with all in person) he is working on a solo and chamber music repertoire. Together with Steve Reich they worked on numerous of his pieces and particularly performed his master work "Music for 18 musicians" at the stadium with more then 5000 in public in time of “Lowlands festival 2013”.

He also continued as a soloist, won several prizes and took part in prestigious world-wide competitions, among others during the ARD Musikwettbewerb München, Tromp IMC Eindhoven, Dutch Classical Talent and the Grachtenfestival Concours. In March 2015 won two 1st Prizes at the International Music competition in Belgrade Serbia, as a soloist and with own Duo Delonix, and in 2016 he Won the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds prijs 15.000€.

Within the NJO Konstantyn went from playing Tam-Tam part in Shostakovich's 11th symphony till the nomination "Young Artist in Residence". In the same year he was nominated by the prestigious international festival for "Grachtenfestivalprijs" and "Artist in Residence Grachtenfestival Amsterdam". The honor moment was to perform with the renowned show-percussion group Percossa for The Dutch ministry and The Dutch Royal family.

For the summer of 2015 Konstantyn has been invited to participate in the masterclasses at the well-known 'Chosen Vale' in America, for which he was granted the prestigious Colin Currie scholarship, masterclasses at New York's 'The Juilliard School ' and Boston Conservatory. And already for the winter 2016 Konstantyn won the principal position at "The World Percussion Group 2016" directed by renowned English percussion duo "Maraca2" which includes more then 2 month tour through the USA and after that he was invited to give the masterclasses and to perform in the Mexico.

Since 2014 Konstantyn Napolov is Haupt-Pauker (principal-percussionist) at Mannheimer Philharmoniker (Germany).

photo: from TTK0027 booklet

Eke Simons

Pianist Eke Simons has performed as a soloist in the major concert halls throughout the Netherlands and Sweden. She has also appeared as a soloist with orchestra, playing Mozart’s piano concerto KV 491 in C minor. In January 2006 Eke made her solo debut on the Dutch Radio, performing Leoš Janacek’s Sonata I.X.1905. In 2011 Eke won a Dutch interpeter prize for her performance of “Chapters” from Antal Sporck. In 2013, Eke recorded her Debut album with works from Schumann, Liszt, Wiklander and Janácek.

Eke Simons appears as a chamber musician with great artists like cellist Harro Ruijsenaars, pianist Dag Achatz and percussionist Colin Currie. She also works with bigger ensembles like the New European Ensemble. In both the Netherlands as in Sweden, she has performed in the important stages like Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Utrecht (Vredenburg, Stockholm (Musikaliska) and Gothenburg (Konserthuset). Besides, Eke has given concerts in Germany, Spain, England, Ireland and Belgium. Her concerts has been broadcasted on Dutch radio and television.

During her studies, Eke specialized in the art of “Lied”-accompaniment. She studied intensively with Han Louis Meijer and studied one year at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels to specialize. Eke forms duos with bariton Quirijn de Lang and alto Carina Vinke. Eke received numerous masterclasses of important singers and accompanists like Julius Drake, Rudolf Jansen, Christian Gerhaher, Udo Reinemann and Nathalie Stutzmann.

Having been inspired by many contemporary pieces, Eke has become a passionate interpreter of compositions from the late 20th and 21st century. She has been invited by the world famous percussionist Colin Currie to join him in performing “Parallel Lines” by Joe Duddell (*1972) for piano and percussion. In November 2008 Eke has given a solo performance at the famous “Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ” in Amsterdam with new work, dedicated to her. She has won an interpreter’s prize for her performance of contemporary music. In 2013 Eke has made a world premier recording from work from Swedish composer Kurt Wiklander (*1950)

Eke Simons received her education at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where she studied with Geoffrey Douglas Madge, David Kuyken and Han Louis Meijer. She has taken part in master classes by Pascal Devoyon, Stefan Vladar and Steve Reich. In 2007 she finished her Masters degree in Solo Piano with honors.

photo: from TTK0027 booklet

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The Collectors (2018)

Samuel Penderbayne, Moritz Eggert, Yannis Kyriakides, Jan-Peter de Graaff

Konstantyn Napolov, Eke Simons

    De Volkskrant

Konstantyn Napolov, a Ukrainian in the Netherlands, is a percussionist and has decided to enrich his repertoire by inviting as many composers as possible to write pieces for him. On his new album with pianist Eke Simons, released on the adventurous label TRPTK, you can hear works by Moritz Eggert (Germany), Yannis Kyriakides (Cyprus), Samuel Penderbayne (Australia) and Jan-Peter de Graaff (Papendrecht). The common denominator: The composers incorporated children’s rhymes into their pieces. They are all intriguing in a different way. The work of Kyriakides stands out in its obscurity, Eggert proposes a good dose of humor.

    Music Emotion -

The Collectors is the work of Moritz Eggert, one of the four composers that delivered their works for this new TRPTK production. People who collect things do that, says Eggert, to find meaning in this unorganised world. A composer is a collector of music. The piano and percussion are instruments that collect notes. It's this thought behind the composition performed by Napolov on percussion and pianist Eke Simons. Simons is a concert pianist who plays the major pieces as soloist, but is also specialized in chamber music and song accompaniment. For the Collectors, works were commissioned of Jan-Peter de Graaff, Yannis Kyriakides, Samuel Penderbayne and Moritz Eggert. Behind every composition there's its own story, which is portrayed by Napolov and Simons. They paint musical landscapes full of subtleties, excitement and atmospheres.

Ruud Jonker

The Collectors (2018)

Samuel Penderbayne, Moritz Eggert, Yannis Kyriakides, Jan-Peter de Graaff

Konstantyn Napolov, Eke Simons

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The Bells of St. Clement's: I. Oranges and lemons
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The Bells of St. Clement's: II. The chopper
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The Bells of St. Clement's: III. A place without darkness
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Once There Was: I. On a wall, in a beck
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Once There Was: II. Here comes a candle
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Once There Was: III. A garden full of snow
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Once There Was: IV. Until the sun
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Once There Was: V. XYZ and ampersand
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Once There Was: VI. All the birds in the air
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Once There Was: VII. Black wool
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The Collectors
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Shameless
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