Jan Čibej and Luka Poljanec, two young students of percussion, established DENDROCOPOS DUO in April 2017.
Both talented musicians are studying percussion under the mentorship of Prof. Simon Klavžar, who works for The Academy of Music in Ljubljana and The Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana.
Following up on Prof. Simon Klavžar’s words of encouragement, they started to work together for the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg for Percussion Duos (IPCL 2018), which took place in February 2018.
Their success at the competition was remarkable. They have become the Percussion Duo Laureates by winning the 1st Prize and the special “JEAN GIERES” audience prize.
In March 2018, they participated in Svirél International Music Competition and they won the golden award in the category of chamber groups. As winners of category chamber percussion they performed at the final concert “Ten of the best” as well.
In October 2018, they were invited to perform at International Festival “Laureate Days Katya Popova” in Pleven, Bolgaria and in December at the Radford University, Virginia.
They both started playing percussion at an early age and since then they have achieved a lot of success as soloists in many competitions. During their studies, they actively participated in the summer academies, such as Nebojša Jovan Živković Summer Academy (ZISAMP), International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy (IKMMA) in Hannover, KALIMA and Amsterdam marimba Weekend. They have also attended many masterclasses where they worked with the world renown percussionists Katarzyna Myćka, Svet Stoyanov, Keiko Abe, Nebojša Jovan Živković, Nicolas Sutter, Jacques Hostettler, Ludwig Albert, Beverley Johnston, Andreas Boettger, Conrado Moya, Rainer Römer, Matthew Coley, Wolfram Winkel, Andrea Centazzo.
Jan and Luka wish to continue their exceptional work. Their aim is to have as many concerts and appearances worldwide as possible in order to expand their knowledge and share experiences with the best world percussionists.