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Robert Van Sice
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Yale School of Music
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Yale University
  • Country: United States

Known as one of the world's finest marimba players and teacher, Robert Van Sice has presented over 500 recital and concerto performances in Europe, North America, Africa, and the Far East. In 1989, Mr. Van Sice gave the first full-length marimba recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and has since played in most of Europe's major concert halls. He has premiered more than 100 solo, chamber, and concerto works for marimba, including the first body of repertoire for the microtonal marimba. Mr. Van Since is a frequent soloist with Europe's leading contemporary ensembles, including the London Sinfonietta, L'Itineraire, and the Ensemble Contrechamps. Also an experienced orchestral performer, Robert Van Sice was formerly principal percussionist of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (Spain) and principal timpanist of the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (South Africa.) Well acquainted with the practical problems associated with percussion playing, Mr. Van Sice was for eight years the owner of Mallet Innovations in Belgium, a marimba mallet designer and manufacturer with a worldwide distribution.

Robert Van Sice has performed on concert and radio recordings for the BBC, NHK, Radio France, BRT, Swedish Radio, and the Norwegian Radio. He has released three CDs on the Etcetera label and one for Mode Records. A frequent performer in international music festivals, Mr. Van Sice has been Artistic Director of the World Percussion Festival in Brussels, Belgium since 1993. He has presented master classes and clinics in over twenty countries.

Robert Van Sice is currently Director of Percussion Studies at Yale School of Music. In 1988 he founded the percussion department at Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland, which he chaired until 1997. Other faculty appointments have included Freiburg Conservatory (Germany,) Brussels Royal Conservatory (Belgium,) and Geneva Conservatory (Switzerland.) Several of Mr. Van Sice's former students hold positions with European orchestras.

Robert Van Sice earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music where he was a student of Cloyd Duff, and a Master of Music degree from South African College of Music. Additional studies in marimba were with Keiko Abe in Japan and American marimbists Leigh Howard Stevens and Michael Rosen.

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