The Marimbafest Australia team is a non-profit organisation of volunteers from around the world
who aim to deliver a world class marimba festival experience in Perth
Marimbafest Australia is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the growth and promotion of education in the percussive arts across Australia.
Founded in 2018 by Perth percussionist and YouTuber Adam Tan, the Marimbafest Australia organisation aims to provide a platform for percussion performance and education for all percussionists.
Marimbafest Australia's most popular event is the annual Marimbafest marimba festival and competition. With its inception in 2019, this world-class event provides an opportunity for local and international percussionists to interact with and learn from international and Australian faculty members, while also showcasing their own performance abilities in a real-world concert environment.
Marimbafest Australia also hosts other programs throughout the year to encourage the growth of percussion in Western Australia, including Percussion All-Stars and the West Australian Youth Percussion Group (WAYPG)
Percussion All-Stars is a bi-annual concert series aimed at giving student percussionists the opportunity to perform in a live venue with high-quality instruments and a receptive audience. This series also gives local educators a chance to showcase their work with their students.
The Western Australian Youth Percussion Group (WAYPG) is Perth's first ever independent chamber ensemble program for percussionists studying in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Led by artistic directors Jackson Vickery and Adam Tan, the Group aims to bridge the gap between student life and professional life, delivering public percussion concerts regularly while giving an opportunity for individuals to work with other students from around WA.
THE MARIMBAFEST 2021 TEAM
Marimbafest's 2021 team is made up of a diverse team of enthusiastic volunteers from across Australia, bringing years of experience to the organisation.
Founder, Executive Director
Adam Tan is a percussionist, composer and educator from Perth, Western Australia. He is the host and creator of the popular YouTube show about percussion, THE STUDIO. Adam is regularly performing and educating around the world on a regular basis. Adam's compositions are published by Edition Svitzer. Adam is the Director of Marimbafest Australia.
Li-Jene Gan is a classical pianist from Perth, Western Australia. Li-Jene is a current student of the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music, and is involved in many causes, including serving as Vice President of Rotex D9455. Li-Jene is an Operations Officer for Marimbafest Australia.
Maddie Colvin started percussion in 2010 and has continued to play through high school and is now in her third year of percussion studies at WAAPA. Amongst many other commitments, Maddie plays in the West Australian Youth Orchestra and also WAAPA’s Defying Gravity percussion ensemble. Maddie is an Operations Officer for Marimbafest Australia.
Carissa Soares is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. A current student of the University of Western Australia, Carissa was the 1st Prize winner of Marimbafest 2019's Marimba Competition and also received the people's choice award that year. Carissa is now a General Manager at Marimbafest Australia.
Euphina Yap is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. Euphina has studied and toured extensively around the world, completing her Masters degree at the prestigious Boston Conservatory in the United States, and was a graduate of both the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Euphina is an Operations Officer for Marimbafest Australia.
Jackson Vickery is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. Jackson specialises in contemporary and world percussion and has studied and performed internationally with several world-class musicians including Steve Schick, Sō Percussion, Keita Ogawa, Marcelo Woloski and Paulo Stagnaro, to name a few. Jackson is an Operations Officer of Marimbafest Australia.
Principal Artistic Advisor
Robert Oetomo is a renowned Australian marimba soloist and composer whose artistic practice sees him performing around the world on a regular basis. His compositions are some of the most popular works in the marimba repertory. Robert is a Marimba One Premier Artist, has a signature line of mallets with Encore Mallets Inc. and endorses Sabian Cymbals. Robert's works are published by Edition Svitzer and Tapspace.