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Catalina started to play percussion in diverse Latin ensembles while studying in Germany, as well as some oriental frame-drums. The versatility of these instruments captivated her, taking her to study with diverse percussionists specialized in middle eastern and historic percussion such as Murat Coskun (Turkey/ Germany), Michael Metzler (Germany), Glen Velez (USA), Carlo Rizzo (Italy), Andrea Piccioni (Italy), David Kuckhermann (Germany), Rhani Krija (Morocco), Behnam Samani (Iran), Nora Thiele (Germany), Pedro Estevan (Spain) among others.


Fascinated by the sounds’ subtlety of Iranian percussion, she starts in 2008 to study tombak with the Iranian master Madjid Khaladj. She also has studied baroque timpani with Philip Tarr at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Catalina plays currently in many ensembles of medieval, renaissance and baroque music, making the percussion not only an addition of color, but also a fundamental element of the music and its expression. She has performed as a percussionist in venues like Theater Basel, Davos Festival and Festspielhaus St. Pölten among others, and has been broadcast by the Swiss-Italian radio.


Catalina plays percussion in ensembles like Servir Antico, La Traditora, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Scirocco, Les Dulcaines and Mediva.

Catalina Vicens - Tamburello


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