Essen-born percussionist Alexej Gerassimez is as multi-faceted as a musician as the instruments he plays. His repertoire ranges from classical and new music to jazz and minimal music, and is broadened by his own compositions and newly commissioned works.
As a soloist Gerassimez is a guest of internationally renowned orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the direction of conductors such as Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Alexander Liebreich, and Jonathan Stockhammer.
He is not only a phenomenal virtuoso, but a creative and intelligent musician with incredible energy whose playing is characterized by its great wealth of colors. He creates solo programs, performs with his own percussion group, and is an enthusiastic chamber musician. Pianists Arthur and Lucas Jussen, the SIGNUM saxophone quartet, and jazz pianist Omer Klein are among his partners.
He featured in the world premiere of John Psathas’ percussion concerto Leviathan in autumn 2021 in the Berlin Philharmonie with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra under Markus Poschner, followed by a concert in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and three concerts with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra under Alpesh Chauhan.
Gerassimez is professor of percussion at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.