- Alexej Gerassimez & Percussion Group
- Alexej Gerassimez drums
- David Friedman drums
- Julius Heise drums
Percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, born 1987 in Essen, Germany, is as multi-faceted as the instruments he works with. His repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and jazz to minimal music whilst also performing his own works.
Alexej Gerassimez performs as a guest soloist with internationally renowned orchestras including those of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin under the direction of conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Michel Tabachnik. In addition, Alexej Gerassimez creates solo programmes and participates as an enthusiastic chamber musician in a vast variety of ensembles. His partners include the pianists Arthur and Lucas Jussen, the jazz pianist Omer Klein and the SIGNUM saxophone quartet.
His own compositions are characterized by the exploration of rhythmic and acoustic possibilities as well as by the creation of individual sounds and the joy of crossing borders. Accordingly, Alexej Gerassimez integrates not only the usual percussion and melody instruments but also objects from different contexts such as bottles, brake discs, barrels or ship propellers. His first CD published by GENUIN in 2012, which also includes his own works, was received enthusiastically by the press.
Since November 2017 he is professor for percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich and guest lecturer at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Birmingham Conservatoire.