Talent Group 8
Bob Culbertson is an influential Chapman Stick player. An early adopter of the instrument, he is notable for his many recorded albums and extensive touring. Bob Culbertson has opened and performed with many popular musicians, including Robben Ford, Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth, and members of Santana amongst many others. Culbertson is famous not only for his technique, which allows him to play three to four parts simultaneously (e.g. bass line, chords and melody), but also for his compositional talent. Around 2002, Bob Culbertson together with Emmett Chapman and luthier Craig Anderson created the AcouStick, the first acoustical Stick instrument.
Martin & Sabine Pyrker
Sabine Pyrker was born in March 1986 in Wels (Upper Austria). Her father, Martin Pyrker is a famous Austrian blues and boogie-woogie piano player. She started getting piano lessons at the music school in Wels at the age of seven. Two years later, she learned percussion and gave her first public performance at the age of thirteen accompanying her father on the drum set. Her first international performance was in June 2002 in Merano, Italy. Also in 2002, Sabine entered in the Austrian music school contest "prima la musica" for the first time along with the percussion ensemble "Drums4You". Sabine won the first round in Linz and soon after that won the finale in Salzburg.
Top Secret Drum Corps
Top Secret Drum Corps is a drum corps based in Basel, Switzerland. With 25 drummers and colourguard members, the corps became famous for its demanding six-minute routine performed at the Edinburgh Tattoo in 2003. With its invitation to Edinburgh, Top Secret became one of the first non-military, non-British Commonwealth acts to perform on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. Since its success in 2003, Top Secret was invited to return to Edinburgh in 2006 with a new and improved routine. They were invited a third time in 2009 and again in 2012 and 2015. Under the leadership of Erik Julliard, the band is also responsible for the founding of the Basel Tattoo, a military tattoo show similar to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, now held annually in Basel.
Krisia Todorova is a 9 year old Bulgarian prodigy singer born February 15, 2004 in Razgrad, Bulgaria. She competed in Bulgaria's Got Talent and represented Bulgaria in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 in Malta. Krisiya made her first appearance on stage at the age of just 3, and took up singing from aged 4. She plays piano as well and her two sisters (one older, one younger) are also both artistic, and her Mum studied ballet, so music and arts definitely run in the family. Krisiya lives in Razgrad and has won lots of awards in music competitions.
Jonathan May is a pianist from Southern California who specializes in many styles of piano. At age eighteen, Jonny became the youngest pianist to perform at Disneyland. Each week he entertained thousands of guests with his arrangements of American classics and Disney songs. Jonny has also performed with the Youtube group Postmodern Jukebox, and has played piano for Comedy Central and Universal Studios. He has accompanied Grammy Award Winner Lari White, and Tony Award Winner Lin Manuel Miranda.
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra
The Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Danish: DR SymfoniOrkestret; English abbreviation "DNSO"), is a Danish orchestra based in Copenhagen. The DNSO is the principal orchestra of DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation). The DRSO is based at the Copenhagen Concert Hall. The roots of the orchestra date back to the singer Emil Holm, who expressed a wish to establish a full-time symphony orchestra in Denmark. In collaboration with fellow musicians Otto Fessel, Rudolf Dietz Mann and Folmer Jensen, the orchestra was founded in 1925, with 11 players in the ensemble and conductor Launy Grøndahl having a leadership role, though without a formal title. The orchestra grew to 30 players within a year. The orchestra performed its first public concert was in 1927, and began to give weekly concerts in 1928. In 1930, Holm recruited Nikolai Malko to a similar key role like Grøndahl as conductor with the orchestra, though again without Malko having a formal title. Early concerts were at the Axelborg building. In 1931, the orchestra began to give concerts at the Stærekassen hall of the Royal Danish Theatre. After going into exile from Germany in the 1930s, Fritz Busch worked extensively as a major conductor of the orchestra in parallel with Malko, though again with no formal title. By 1948, the orchestra had attained membership of 92 musicians.
Lettice Rose Rowbotham is a violinist from Dorking, Surrey. At the age of four years, she was given a plastic violin, and was given a real violin shortly after. She has played for Vladimir Putin's daughter among other people. She has became known for her personality along with her unusual name. She also became known for supposedly being hung over at her audition. In the final, she performed "Bring Me to Life". She also sang a verse of the song, shocking everyone.
Russia born Alyona Yarushina, and daughter of famed folk rock musician Valeriy Yarushin (from the group Ariel), “Aly” began her journey attending music school for piano at age 4. Later she became a college choir conductor. Still feeling “something was missing” Aly moved to Moscow at age 18 and began singing pop and rock while establishing herself as a leading make-up artist. From the Beatles to Led Zeppelin. “Aly” is a true musician, playing all her own instruments.
Lana Del Ray
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), known professionally as Lana Del Rey, is an American singer and songwriter. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana. Raised in Upstate New York, Del Rey moved to New York City in 2005 to embark on her music career. Following numerous projects including her debut studio album and the unreleased Sirens, Del Rey's breakthrough came after the viral success of her single "Video Games" in 2011. She would then sign with Interscope and Polydor later that year. Her major label debut Born to Die (2012) proved a success, spawning her first top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Cedric Gervais remix of "Summertime Sadness".
Tuba Skinny is a traditional jazz band based in New Orleans, Louisiana which was formed in 2009. Tuba Skinny's instrumentation includes cornet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, tenor banjo, guitar, washboard, and vocals. The group finds inspiration in the early jazz and blues music of the 1920s and 1930s. The band has performed on streets and stages around the world, including music festivals in Mexico, Sweden, Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland and Spain. The band's name originated when Todd Burdick, the sousaphone player was walking down the street one day and someone said, "Hey! There goes that skinny tuba boy!". That was when members decided to run with the incident and named the band, "Tuba Skinny".
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato