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Yves Popow

Yves Popow

Yves Popow is a Luxembourgish percussionist and teacher. His musical path started at the age of 8, when getting his first percussion lessons. Later he entered the conservatory of Luxembourg-City. Between 2009 and 2015, Yves continued studying classical percussion at the Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam, where he received both Bachelor and Master degree.

As an active and versatile performer, Yves performs across the United States and Europe - including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, with various orchestras and ensembles among the Red Fish Blue Fish percussion ensemble, Sofia Soloists, Vrienden van Amstel Orkest, European Union Youth Wind Orchestra, Residentie Orkest and the Youth Percussion Pool. Together with Sven Kiefer, they form an energetic and multifunctional percussion duo. They are among the founders of the music event Planet Percussion Luxembourg. In addition, they also offer various percussion projects such as Bumtschak Percussion, Cajaton – the sounding box, and Liegekonzert (lying down concert).

In 2016, he was chosen from the world’s top percussionists to be in the World Percussion Group where he toured across the US giving clinics, masterclasses, concerts. The group was featured in a showcase concert at PASIC 2016, in Indianapolis.

​His enthusiasm to chamber music has led him to work with the Rotterdam-based contemporary Akom Ensemble. Furthermore, due to his passion to creating and performing new pieces for percussion, Yves premiers lots new percussion repertoire, among Ivan Trevino’s Orange Wind Fading, being premiered on February 3rd 2019.

Currently, he teaches percussion and drums at the Union Grand-Duc Adolph music school in Luxembourg. Yves endorses Adams Percussion instruments and Artifact Percussion mallets.