Lucid duo is the first prize winning laureate of the Universal Marimba Competition 2011 in Belgium, praised for their amazing degree of sensitivity to sound. Among others they were also recognized as Prizewinners of the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition 2015 in Vienna and were chosen as finalists of the Contemporary Music Competition De Linkprijs 2012 in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Their success allows them to perform regularly at international festivals and to hold masterclasses in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico, including giving lectures at some of the most renowned music universities in Japan - the Toho Gakuen School of Music Tokyo; Osaka College of Music; Kunitachi College of Music Tokyo. They were also invited as guest jury members at the Japan Percussion Association’s Competition in 2019. Irena and Tomasz took part in festivals such as the Festival Internacional de Marimbistas 2019 in Chiapas, Mexico; Midis-Minimes Festival 2018 in Brussels; Festival de Música Contemporánea de Tenerife 2017, performing at venues as the National Olympics Hall in Tokyo, Dolce Artists Salon in Osaka, Japan; Stadschouwburg Leuven, Belgium; Koszalin Philharmonic Hall, Poland; Auditorio de Tenerife, Spain; Austrian Cultural Forum in Berlin; Palais Rasumofsky, Vienna etc.
The ensemble was formed in 2011 by Irena Manolova and Tomasz Goliński in Belgium. After graduating Europe´s first Marimba Master Degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the duo believes in bringing the instrument to a further development. Lucid premieres many new works by Tomasz for marimba duo, marimba duo with electronics or double marimba concertos with an orchestra/percussion ensemble. Irena and Tomasz completed their specialization in 2016 with the Japanese composer and marimba virtuoso – Keiko Abe, at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan with the help of the Start-Stipendium Scholarship, awarded by the Federal Chancellery of Austria, given to outstanding artists.
Lucid Duo is based in Vienna, Austria and is an Innovative Percussion Endorser, represented by the Cougar Artist Management in Europe and collaborating with the Armstrong Music and Arts Agency in Beijing.
T. Goliński & I. Manolova
Walter Mertens (b. 1965) began his musical studies at the Academy for Music in Mol. He won a First Prize Percussion at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, where he studied with Mr. Louis Caubergs. He obtained the Higher Degree at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven with Mr. Leo Ouderits as his tutor and mentor. To complete his musical studies, Walter Mertens obtained a Master Degree percussion & chamber music at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, also guided by Mr. Leo Ouderits.
Walter Mertens currently teaches percussion, ensemble and instrumental ensemble. He is also coordinator at the Academy for Music in Schoten (Be).
Besides his teaching Walter often participates in workshops, he offers artistic support and is frequently asked as a member of the jury for contests for soloists and ensembles in Belgium and abroad e.g. Vlamo, Belgian Percussion Days 2011, 2012, Perculliria (Sp), Bumfest (Slo), Waubonsie Valley High School (Chicago US), International percussion festival Gdansk (Pl), Colours of Rhytm Nis ( Srb).Together with three other professional percussionists, Walter Mertens forms the group '4Pk'.
This renowned quartet arose from the former Mol Percussion Orchestra and plays its own creations at home and abroad. As a composer, Walter Mertens focuses on teaching methods as well as compositions for percussion solo, duo, ensemble, symphonic orchestra, musical, wind instruments, jazz combo, piano, chamber music and choir.
Several compositions won prizes in different competitions or were assignments in national and international contests or manifestations such as WVMC in Kerkrade (Nl), Temsig-Slovenian Music Competition for youth (SLO), EMJ Neerpelt (B), Vlamo (B).
Most of his music is published by different national and international publishers such as Beurskens (Nl), C. Alan Publications (US,) Golden River Music (B), Southern Percussion (UK), Alfonce Productions (Fr). The oeuvre of Walter Mertens is well-known far beyond the boundaries and one can find it in Europe, America and Asia.