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.
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. Percussion All-Stars has seen hundreds of students go through and perform at their best. This series also gives local educators a chance to showcase their work with their students. Percussion All-Stars concerts include Percussion All-Stars (2018), Percussion All-Stars Season 2 (2019), Percussion All-Stars Season 3 (2019), Percussion All-Stars 4: Spring 2020 (2020), Percussion All-Stars 5: Road To Marimbafest 2021 (2021), Percussion All-Stars 6: Comeback Stage (2021) and Percussion All-Stars 7: Culmination (2022).
THE MARIMBAFEST 2022 STAFF TEAM
Marimbafest's 2022 team is made up of a diverse team of enthusiastic people from across Australia, bringing years of experience to the organisation.
Founder, Executive Director
Adam Tan (he/him) 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 presenting around the world on a regular basis. Adam is a Marimba One Premier Artist, Encore Mallets Signature Artist and Soundbrenner Artist. Adam's compositions are published by Edition Svitzer. Adam is the Director of Marimbafest Australia.
Maddie Colvin (she/her) started percussion in 2010 and has continued to play through high school and is now in her fourth year of percussion studies at WAAPA. Amongst many other commitments, Maddie plays in the West Australian Youth Orchestra, Perth Thundercorps and also WAAPA’s Defying Gravity percussion ensemble. Maddie is the General Manager for Marimbafest Australia.
Li-Jene Gan (she/her) 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 President of Rotex D9455. Li-Jene is an Operations Officer for Marimbafest Australia.
Operations Officer - Legacy
Jackson Vickery (he/him) 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 was an Operations Officer for Marimbafest 2019 and 2021.
Principal Artistic Advisor
Robert Oetomo (he/him) 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.
Carissa Soares (she/her) is a percussionist and educator from Perth, 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 also a casual percussionist at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Carissa is now an Associate Director at Marimbafest Australia.
Joey Eng (he/him) is a freelance percussionist and composer based in Perth, Western Australia. As a soloist, Joey won 2nd Prize in Marimbafest 2021's Open Class solo division, was a semi-finalist in the 2020 WAAPA Warana Concerto Competition and a semi-finalist in the inaugural 2019 Marimbafest solo marimba competition. Joey is a Marimba One Discovery Artist. Joey is the Operations Manager for Marimbafest Australia.
Euphina Yap (she/her) 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.