Percussionist Alexej Gerassimez, born 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.
As a soloist, Alexej Gerassimez is a guest with internationally renowned orchestras (including NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Münchner Philharmoniker and Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of conductors such as Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Alexander Liebreich and Jonathan Stockhammer.
Alexej is also a soloist and an enthusiastic chamber musician. His partners include pianists Arthur and Lucas Jussen and jazz pianist Omer Klein. With the SIGNUM saxophone quartet, Alexej Gerassimez will embark on a “journey through the universe” in the newly conceived programme “Starry Night” and an album will be released in spring 2021 by Berlin Classics.
His repertoire is constantly expanding with new commissioned works. Several world premieres are scheduled for the coming seasons: a new double concerto for viola and percussion by Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, a new percussion concerto by New Zealand composer John Psathas commissioned by the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. As well as a concert by Japanese composer Malika Kishino at the Philharmonie Essen. The world premiere of John Psathas’ concerto “Leviathan” will take place in October 2021 at the Berlin Philharmonie with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Markus Poschner, followed by a concert at the Elbphilharmonie. Three concerts with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alpesh Chauhan are scheduled for November 2021.
Alexei Gerassimez was part of the “Junge Wilde” programme at Konzerthaus Dortmund as and is participating in the three-year sponsorship program of the “stARTacademy von Bayer Kultur”.
Since November 2017 Alexej Gerassimez is professor for percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich.