Christian Benning Percussion Group

Programme Xenakis:

Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds (Part A & B) : solo, 13’

Iannis Xenakis: Okho : trio, 13‘

Iannis Xenakis: Pleiades (two of four movements): sextet, ca. 25‘

Beethoven: Mondscheinsonate (Adagio, Sostenuto, Allegretto, Presto Agitato): quintet, 15‘
Beethoven In Havana: quintet, 5’

J. S. Bach: Präludium C minor: quintet, 5‘

Mozart: an overture: quintet, ca. 10‘

Maurice Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso: duo, ca. 7’
(order to be announced)


Programme I

J. S. Bach/arr. Peter J. Lawrence: Präludium in D Major                                               

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Rebonds B

Thierry de Mey (*1956) /arr. Peter Sadlo: Musique De Table

Christian Felix Benning (*1995): Footsteps

The Beatles (1960-1970) /arr. Toru Takemitsu: Yesterday             

Robert Marino (*1981): 8 On Three & 9 On Two                                       

Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Peter J. Lawrence: Piano sonata C sharp minor op. 27 No. 2 Mondscheinsonate“,3rd movement


Kurt Engel (*1909) /arr. Peter Sadlo & CBPG: Look Out Little Ruth

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) /arr. SafriDuo & TschikiDuo: Alborada Del Gracioso

Casey Cangelosi (*1982): Bad Touch, A-C
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic (*1962): Trio Per Uno, I.              

Mark Glentworth (*1960) /arr. Carlos Vera Larrucea: Blues for Gilbert

John Cage (1912-1992): Third Construction

Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Joachim Horsley: Sinfonie Nr. 7 op. 92, 2nd movement „Beethoven in Havanna“

Chick Corea (*1941) / arr. CBP: Spain     

Programme II

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: "Trio Per Uno" for setup-trio
Minoru Miki: "Marimba Spiritual” for Marimba & setup-trio
Paul Lansky: "Threads" for percussion quartet

Robert Marino: "8 on 3 & 9 on 2" for setup duo
J.S. Bach: Cellosuite Nr. 1 for marimba (solo)
Iannis Xenakis: "Rebonds B" for setup (solo)
The Beatles/arr. T. Takemitsu: "Yesterday" for marimba (solo)
John Cage: "Third Construction" for percussion quartet
J.S. Bach/arr. P.J. Lawrence: Präludium c-Moll for percussion quartet

Programme III

Mathias Schmitt/arr. C.F.Benning: “Ghanaia” for marimba & percussion group
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: "Ilijas" for marimba (solo)
Iannis Xenakis: "Rebonds B" for setup (solo)
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: "Suomineito" for vibraphone (solo)
Wolfgang Reifeneder: "Crossover" for snare drum (solo)
Minoru Miki/arr. C.F.Benning: "Marimba Spiritual II" for marimba & percussion group
Jeremy Gungadoo: "Sega" for percussion group
Chick Corea: "Spain" for vIbraphone, piano & percussion group
Bob Marley/arr. J. Gungadoo: "Get up, stand up" for drumline
Mark Markovich: "Tornado" for snare drum (solo)
Isaac Albeniz/arr. C.F.Benning: "Asturias" for marimba (solo)
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: "A Lovesong" for marimba (solo)
Mark Glenworth/arr. C.Vera: "Blues for Gilbert" for vibraphone & percussion group
Casey Cangelosi: "Bad Touch" for playback (solo)
Christian Felix Benning: "Footsteps" for drumset (solo)
Jeremy Gungadoo: "Drumline Song" for drumline

Programme IV

J.S. Bach/arr. P.J. Lawrence: Prelude in d major for percussion quartet
Iannis Xenakis: "Rebonds B" for setup (solo)
Isaac Albeniz/arr. C.F.Benning: "Asturias" for marimba (solo)
Thierry de Mey: “Musique de Table” for tablemusic trio
Robert Marino: "8 on 3 & 9 on 2" for setup duo
Rodrigo & Gabriela/arr. Percussion No. 1: “Tamacun” for percussion group
Christian Felix Benning: Improvisation for drumset (solo)
Arnold F. Riedhammer: “Rudimental Rumble” for drumline
Maurice Ravel/arr. Safri Duo: “Alborada del Gracioso” for marimba duo
Casey Cangelosi: "Bad Touch" for playback (solo)
Mark Glenworth/arr. C.Vera: "Blues for Gilbert" for vibraphone & percussion group
Chick Corea: “Spain” for percussion group
Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: "Trio Per Uno" for setup trio
J.S. Bach/arr. P.J. Lawrence: Prelude in c minor for percussion quartet

Programme V

Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic: Trio per Uno for Setup Trio
Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual for Marimba and Setup Trio
Paul Lansky: Threas for Percussion Quartet

Robert Marino: 8 on 3 &9 on 2 for Setup Duo
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 for Marimba Solo
Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds B for Setup Solo
The Beatles/Toru Takemitsu: Yesterday for Marimba Solo
John Cage: Third Construction for Percussion Quartet
J.S. Bach/P.J.Lawrence: Präludium C minor for Percussion Band

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Christian Benning

As a “phenomenon“ (Süddeutsche Zeitung), as a “rhythmic genius“ (ZEIT) and as “replete with elegant perfection“ (Münchner Merkur), the performances of Christian Benning had been commended in many ways. The career of the versatile multi percussionist is in its early stages though.

Following successful performances as member of Simone Rubino's Esegesi Percussion Quartet at renowned festivals Christian Benning has been invited to Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie München, Allerheiligen-Hofkirche München, Glocke Bremen, Bonn Beethoven-Haus, Graz Musikverein, Neues Schloss Stuttgart, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Festival Les Musicales d ́Orient in France, Goodwin Hall Baltimore, The Abbey San Diego, Opera Port Louis-Mauritius among others. Upcoming highlights include tours to Italy, Spain and China.

Christian Benning already founded his own drum ensemble Christian Benning Percussion Group in 2014 which immediately impressed at the first appearances in Munich, Augsburg and Dachau, whereby ‘the precision of the band was only topped by the joy of playing’ (Augsburger Allgemeine).

Felix Kolb

Felix Kolb was born in Nuremberg. After his first musical experience in various youth orchestras, he began to study percussion with Adel Shalaby in Munich 2012 and later with Prof. Raymond Curfs obtaining a bachelor's degree in 2017. In Munich, Felix Kolb gained a lot of experience as a percussionist in the various orchestras. He is currently a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Concert tours have taken him throughout Europe, among others, with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski and Daniel Harding. Since 2018/19 Felix Kolb has been a member of the Orchestra Academy of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Marcel Kentaro Morikawa

Marcel Kentaro Morikawa was born in Cologne and began his drums lessons in 2006 with Robert Schäfer. He attended the Music High School "Liceul de Muzica George Enescu" in Bucharest for one year and was accepted to study with Prof. Carlos Tarcha at the Hochschule für Musik Köln in 2009. In addition, he studied at the National Music University Bucharest with Alexandru Matei. In 2014 he began his studies with Peter Sadlo at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and completed his studies with Claudio Estay, drummer of the Bavarian State Orchestra, in 2018 with distinction. In the same year, Marcel Kentaro Morikawa won the 2nd Prize of the International Italy Percussion Competition in the category vibraphone. Marcel Kentaro Morikawa regularly plays in the orchestra of the Gärtnerplatz-Theater Munich, the Hofer Symphoniker and the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Patrick Stapleton

Patrick Stapleton (* 1993) has been studying percussion at theUniversity of Music and Performing Arts in Munich since 2011, first with Adel Shalaby and later in the master class of Peter Sadlo, and with Alexej Gerassimez since 2017. In addition to regular appearances as a soloist and in various duo formations, he has been involved in numerous chamber music projects. Patrick Stapleton has already worked together with famous artists such as Steve Reich and participated in two albums of the label Genuin Classics. Since 2018, Patrick Stapleton regularly plays the marimba position in the musical "The Lion King" in Hamburg. Concert tours have taken him through Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Egypt, Oman, Azerbaijan and Thailand. The multiple award winner holds a scholarship of "Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now" since 2015.

Severin Stitzenberger

At the age of five Severin Stitzenberger received his first drum lessons from his father in Wangen. A few years later he moved to the music school in Wangen and won numerous first prizes at “Jugend Musiziert”. As a member of the Federal Youth Orchestra and the Baden-Württemberg State Youth Orchestra, he discovered symphonic playing for himself. He became a young student at the University of Music and Theater in Munich and completed his bachelor's degree with Prof. Arnold Riedhammer and Prof. Peter Sadlo. From 2015-2018 Severin Stitzenberger was first percussionist of the Augsburg Philharmonic. Since 2018/19 he has been first percussionist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. He is also a member of the brass ensemble Salaputia Brass.

Season 2020/21


Christian Benning Percussion Group in Munich

The Christian Benning Percussion Group performs an Open air concert in Munich Brunnenhof on 3 October, 11:00 presenting music by Xenakis, J.S. Bach, de Mey, Cage, Beethoven and Zivkovic.

Christian Benning Percussion Group in Hildesheim

The Christian Benning Percussion Group performs in Hildesheim at Halle 39 on 11 October music by Xenakis, J.S. Bach, de Mey, Benning, The Beatles, Marino, Beethoven, Engel, Ravel, Cangelosi, Zivkovic, Glentworth, Cage und Corea.

Christian Benning Percussion Group in Munich

The Christian Benning Percussion Group performs an Open Air concert at Munich Brunnenhof on 26 June with music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Ravel, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Casey Cangelosi, Thierry de Mey, Chick Corea etc.

Christian Benning Percussion Group in Bayreuth

The Christian Benning Percussion Group performs two concerts at Festival Junger Künstler Bayreuth in Bayreuth on 16 August and in Kloster Speinshart on 17 August featuring music by Beethoven, Ravel, Zivkovic, de Mey, Cage, Marino, Engel and Corea.

Christian Benning Percussion Group in Coesfeld

On 3 October the Christian Benning Percussion Group guests at Konzerthaus Coesfeld in quintet formation. The programme includes arrangements by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and compositions by Chick Corea, Iannis Xenakis, Mark Glentworth etc.

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  • Dancing Rumba with Beethoven in Havanna

    The musicians play the 2nd movement from Beethoven's 7th Symphony with finely tuned dynamics and chamber music quality, but also let the dance temperament glow authentically and with it, enthusiastically implement Joachim Horsley's Beethoven in Havana. The ensemble also fascinates with contemporary drum music. […] Casey Cangelosi's Bad Touch is the only visual thing in the darkened room. Christian Benning moves his hands and stick in a virtuoso pantomime to a playback with rhythmic noises. Very impressive. […] Thierry de Mey's Musique de Table is an acoustic and optical pleasure in a class of its own. Standing ovations and loud cheers.

    Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Claus-Ulrich Heinke, 13.10.2020

  • Beethoven dared quite differently

    Christian Felix Benning's complements instrumental virtuosity, demonstrated with technical precision and finesse, through gentle, graceful play, in which the hall holds its breath with tension and pure emotion. The 24-year-old percussionist from Munich has mastered this balance between perfection and emotion like a master. [...] His eloquent moderation and his video concept with live cameras on and above the stage, which keep changing the perspective and changing thus also made a completely different concert experience possible. […]
    A breathtaking arrangement of the famous "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven for two marimbas, vibraphone, bass marimba and drum arranged for the Christian Benning Percussion Group by Peter Lawrence has rocked the audience., 22.01.2020