Internationally highly acclaimed, Ludwig Albert belongs as Belgian leading marimbist with the absolute top-flight and is profiled as one of the most successful marimbists and pedagogues of his generation. After obtaining a First prize Percussion, the Superior Diploma and a Masterdegree specialisation marimba at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp-Belgium, he was profoundly shaping his musical talent with the Japanese marimba virtuoso Ms.Keiko Abe. Afterwards he performed with her from 1996 several concert tours such as: 'Keiko Abe plays Keiko Abe' (1996 Belgium), 'Ludwig Albert in concert' (Osaka-Japan 1996), 'Keiko Abe charity gala concert' (1996 Japan), Belgium Tour: 'Dialogue in Nature/ K.Abe & L.Albert in concert'-1997 & 2000, Japan Tour: 'Dialogue in Nature'-1997..
Starting 1995 Ludwig Albert searched for new sound-combinations and founded the duo 'Patrasche' with the unique combination of marimba & voice. As true pioneers of this combination, they developed a style of their own and knows to inspire several artists and composers to create new music for this strenght. They mainly perform Albert's own compositions, creations and improvisations, all based on International traditional folksongs. Their musical combination evokes a fascinating world. For their first album 'Japanese Impressions', prefaced by Keiko Abe, they received International outstanding critics and they were regular invited guests of several dedicated radio-broadcastings & Festivals. In 2002 they released their second album 'Impressions of the low-countries' and are preparing nowadays their newest production ( release 2011).
In 1996, he founded the organisation 'Marimba-Projects' with the purpose to develop the marimba by organising marimba-events & pedagogical projects. He founded in 2000 the 'Universal Marimba Competition & Festival of Belgium and is related as Artistic director to this prestigious event, his international Marimba Academy , the Keiko Abe Int. Academy and the Flanders Marimba Ensemble. He created and founded with the aid of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp for several years a marimba department offering Europe's first official marimba master degree. Helping to drive this program is the Ludwig Albert pioneering Movement Method designed to reach an ultimate sound and musicality. Showered with several tittles, he recorded 8 label-albums: 'Japanese Impressions', 'Marimba Paraphrases', 'Marimba Dances', 'Impressions of the Low Countries', 'Marimba Christmas Fantasy', 'Marimba Selections', 'Marimba Waves' and 'Global Marimba' with mainly own & dedicated works, arrangements, improvisations and first-recordings. Recently he signed up with an American label and will release 4 new albums during 2011-2012.
He appeared over a decade as 'Yamaha Artist. From 2011 he's related as Adams endorser and assisted in the construction of the Ludwig Albert concert model, released by Adams company from 2011. This honour is for the first time presented to a European marimbist. He astonished his audience by playing in premièr the marimba with 8 mallets and is using as first European marimbist during his performances special designed decors and light-directions with the purpose to introduce the marimba to a larger audience. Over a decade he performed several International tours with the cooperation of significant artists, ensembles & orchestra's and is receiving invitations worldwide as a regular guest to perform solo-recitals, concerto's with orchestra and master classes at significant Festivals and Universities in Belgium, Spain, Argentine, Mexico, Russia, Japan, Columbia, Austria, Brazil, USA, China, Taiwan, Austria, Netherlands, France, Italy, Slovenia, Kroatia, Hong-Kong, Hungary, Poland, Korea, Lithuania, Uruguay .... He's titular professor marimba of the marimba department at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Artesis Hogeschool) and titular professor of the percussion and marimbadepartment at the Lemmens Institute (Hogeschool Leuven). He's guest Professor of the 'Universidad Nacional del Artes' in Chiapas-Mexico, doctorandus at the University Antwerp and serves as President of the Percussive Arts Society USA- chapter Belgium. He appeared abroad as jury member at international Competitions in Russia, Spain, Mexico, France, Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Lithuania....
For his celebration of 10 & 15 years career, he released a new double album 'Global Marimba', appeared in a Belgian mass production with more then 15.000 spectators and performed in 2006 a sold out Belgian concert tour 'Ludwig Albert & guests-a decade' and a sold out Russian tour with a new production Orient Express. This newest successful production got an item on the Russian National TV news. His total repertory is published and distributed worldwide by Beurskens music editions NL and his signature mallet line is produced by Innovative Percussion USA. Well-known as one of the rare outstanding lyrical performers and praised by his unique warm sound, he's honoured with several awards such as the percussion award of honour 2001, and is praised by International media & press with critics, often described on major broadcasts and printings, such as:
Refined variegated compositions
Excellent sensitive virtuoso performance
Extra ordinary clarity
El Belga Ludwig Albert, un gran maestro del Mundo
Hearing Mr Albert¡¦s performance : you will never loose the sound of the marimba
Ludwig Albert , un musicien sans vanité
His sound penetrates into the heart so naturally
His play will keep touching our hearts forever
Ludwig Albert: Belgian artist at the top in the marimba-world
L. Albert performs with world-star Keiko Abe
Tremendous popular marimbist performs with 8 mallets
Excellent marimbist of the new generation
This is music of the purest water
L.A. succeeds in giving the listener a view of the marimba's prowess as a lyrical instrument and diminishing its reputation being only a novelty instrument
One of world's best rising marimba-player
Impressing, the overall excellence and superb musicianship of L.A.
Albert is a rising star among marimba-performers worldwide
Albert evokes through his marimba the sound of nature,
LA begeisterte mit virtuositàt und theatralischer expressivitàt
His compositions are expressive and flashy
A demonstration of technical and expressive skills
Marimbista del mundo
Contrasting techniques and colours will intrigue the audiences
Es uno de los exponentes lideres en toda Europa
Siberia melt for Ludwig Albert
The Pantani of the marimba
Marimba Artist Ludwig Albert, MAHLA501, 5 oct., C2-C7, bars 72-40 mm (lacquered), Traveller Frame (2MBA2HRLA501)
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