Kai Strobel (percussion)
Biography, Audio/Video, Photos, Discography, Concerto repertoire, Programs


Kai Strobel is 1st prize winner and recipient of the audience award at the 68th ARD Music Competition 2019.
As a soloist, the 1992-born percussionist has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, the Asko | Schönberg Orchestra Amsterdam, the Musicum Collegium Basel and the St. Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra among others.
He is a scholarship recipient of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the German Music Competition, and an honoree of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy.
Since 2022 Kai Strobel has been appointed Professor at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano and is the International Visiting Tutor at the RNCM Manchester. As a lecturer, Kai holds regular Masterclasses at places such as the Eastman School of Music (Rochester), University für Music und Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (Leipzig), Mt San Antonio College (Los Angeles), Leeds Conservatoire (Leeds) and Royal Northern College of Music in (Manchester). In collaboration with his chamber music partner and brother Marc Strobel, he initialized the Boum- Percussion Academy, a Music Workshop for young students from all around the world, which has taken place since 2021 every year in the Region of their Hometown, Stuttgart/ Germany.
Being endorsed by companies such as ADAMS Musical Instruments, Zultan Cymbals, and Meinl Percussion, Kai continues to research innovations in percussion instruments, tones, and their richness.
In the newly founded ensemble, including percussion, bandoneon, and piano, Kai places his instrument in an innovative chamber music focus. Especially the rhythmic structure and the vivid character of the Tango Nuevo enabled Kai to explore many parallels and fitting parameters for a creative continuation of the Genre while valuing the music’s rules and norms.







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Concerto repertoire

Avner Dorman (*1975)

Frozen in Time

Tan Dun (*1957)

Water Concerto

Peter Eötvös (*1944)

Speaking Drums

Tobias Broström (*1987)


James MacMillan (*1959)

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Ferran Cruixent (*1976)

Focs d’artifici

Anders Koppel (*1974)
Marimba Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Orchestra

Marimba Concerto No. 3 „Linzer“ for Marimba and Orchestra

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

Concerto pour Marimba et Vibraphone

Toshio Hosokawa (*1955)


Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)


Einojuhani Rautavaara (*1928-2016)



Percussion Soloist and String Orchestra

Ferran Cruixent (*1976)


Oriol Cruixent (*1976)


Emmanuel Séjourné (*1961)

Concerto for Marimba and Strings

Omar Massa (*1981)

Tango Legacy



Program Solo + Dance (optionally): Contemporaries

Wolfgang Reifender (*1960), Crossover, Snare Drum Solo

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001), Rebounds A , Percussion Set-up

Francois Sarhan (*1972), Vinko Globokar (*1934), Body, Performer Homework +Corporel


Pierre Jodlowski (*1971), Time and Money, Percussion Set up + Audio Tape

Tōru Takemitsu (1930-1996), 12 Songs for Guitar
Here, There and Everywhere .Amours Perdues, Secret Love (arr. Kai Strobel

John Cage (1912-1992), In a Landscape, Dance and Choreography: Louiza Avraam, oder alternativ:

Toshio Hosokawa (*1955), Sen VI, Percussion Set-up

Encore: Alexej Gerassimez (*1987),  Asventuras,  Snare Drum Solo



percussion (Kai Strobel), bandoneon (Omar Massa), piano (Katharina Treutler)

Program 1

– Tango Plus –

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

La Muerte del Angel – Milonga de Angel – Escualo

Omar Massa (*1981)

Astor’s Voice – Tango Legacy

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)


—— intermission ——

Vincent Houdijk (*1982)

MaPa, for Vibraphone Solo

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Adiós Nonino – Cafe 1930

Omar Massa (*1981)

– Neotango Episodes



Program 2

 – Neotango Episodes –

Omar Massa (*1981)

– Tango Prelude N1 (para Kai) – Buenos Aires Miniatures

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

La Muerte del Angel

Omar Massa (*1981)

Neotango Episodes

—— intermission ——

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)


Oriol Cruixent (*1976)

Meditation for Vibraphone

Alexej Gerassimez (*1987)


Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)



Program 3

Multimedia Performance: Oceania

Kai Strobel, Percussion Marc Strobel, Percussion
Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLQ4JT2X52s

Marc Strobel (*1988)

Monolith II arr. Kai Strobel

Marc & Kai Strobel (*1992)

Deep Current

Keiko Abe (*1937)

Memories of the Seashore arr. Kai Strobel

Philip Kannicht, Denim Szram & Marc Strobel


Pierre Jodlowski (*1971)

Time and Money

Marc Strobel (*1988)