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Gloria Yehilevsky

Chicago, IL         

International percussionist Gloria Yehilevsky has appeared in transmedia, cross-disciplinary and traditional settings as a soloist and collaborative musician. Presenting an immersive practice with improvisation, composition, and education, her work is consistently rooted in the philosophy that music is communication. Selected as an artist with the World Percussion Group for its 2017 European tour, she appeared at prestigious institutions including Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. She won the Italy Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Vibraphone competition and received second prize in the Indiana Day of Percussion Marimba competition in 2017. She is a Musical Merit Foundation protégé and won the PAS/Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship.

Recent and upcoming performances include the International Symposium at Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music and Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok, O’s Music in Hong Kong, PianoForte Chicago, Strength & Sensitivity: Chicago, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Cartes Blanches soirée at L’iceBergues in Geneva, Switzerland, MalletLab Summer Intensive, Big Ears Festival, Festival Ibérico de Música de Badajoz in Spain, and Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC).

While living in Birmingham, United Kingdom, she was heard on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Royal Opening Gala, seen on BBC television with Millenial Percussion, and has performed in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Collaborations include Lakeshore Rush Pierrot ensemble, Enamta duo with Taiwanese percussionist Yu-Tzu Kung, interdisciplinary creations with animator Shiyi Li and bassist Aisling Reilly, as well as commissions and premieres of works by Steve Saunders, Alyssa Weinberg, Hugo Bell, Craig Davis Pinson, Alicia Jane Turner, Chris Sies, Stephanie Orlando, Matt Curlee, Guusje Ingen Housz, Wally Gunn, Erin Graham, Mattjis van Dijk, Alex Howley and Chalcedony Williams.

Gloria completed a Master of Music with distinction from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where she worked with Adrian Spillett, Toby Kearney, and Alexej Gerassimez, among others. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Morehead State University where she was a George M. Luckey Honors program scholar and was recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate in Music. She also studied at Örebro Universitet Musikhögskolan with Anders Åstrand and Daniel Berg in the winter of 2014-2015. Gloria performed with the 2013 & 2014 Santa Clara Vanguard “Jonz” front ensemble under the direction of Paul & Sandi Rennick, an influential part of her development.

Gloria is proud to endorse Black Swamp Percussion as a Concert Artist.

it comes in waves – Samn Johnson

Commissioned by Gloria Yehilevsky for the solo recital programme “Waveshape” with support from the Harrod Fund.

Video by Alexander Henshaw.
Audio by Samn Johnson.

“it comes in waves” was commissioned by Gloria Yehilevsky, who worked closely with me recording samples and discussing the piece. Formally, the piece is a series of “waves” comprised of repetitions of a simple 5-chord progression, with shifting harmonic rhythms controlled by metric cycles involving contrasting prime and composite numbers, particularly 5 and 4.

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Minister of Loneliness (live, world premiere)

A collaborative project including live music performance with animation installations and live art performances, expressing individual and communal interactions facing mental health lapses. The performers involved have personal experiences facing these challenges, and this project is here to tell these stories in an abstract yet immersive and honest way.

Composition: Gloria Yehilevsky
Animation: Shiyi Li
Collaborators: Dingli Yang (collage) & Mengxia Liu (illustration)
Performed by Yehilevsky and double bassist Aisling Reilly

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Concertante – Maki Ishii

Performance as a member of Millenial Percussion with members of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra percussion section accompanying soloist Yu-Tzu Kung in Maki Ishii’s masterwork. This was performed and recorded in the CBSO Centre in Birmingham, UK.

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