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PERCADU is a young, dynamic, Israeli percussion duo that has already generated worldwide interest and enthusiasm through their unique style of virtuoso, energetic, and intense playing. Their repertoire consists of compositions written by the duo itself, percussion arrangements of classical pieces by Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and others, and original contemporary music written by Israeli composers such as Avner Dorman, Yaron Gottfried, and Lior Nabok, and composers in the international music scene such as Per Nørgård (Denmark), Nigel Westlake (Australia), Anders Koppel (Denmark), and Salvator Brotons (Spain).
Since forming PercaDu in 1996 in collaboration with Alon Bor (Principal Percussionist for the Israel Philharmonic), Tomer Yariv and Adi Morag have won several prizes in international competitions, such as the first prize at the Percussive Arts Society International Competition in Columbus, Ohio and the Jury Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg. In 2001, PercaDu won first prize as “Best Chamber Music Ensemble” at the Aviv Music Competition and received Israel’s Minister of Culture Prize for Excellence in Music. In 2001, the duo was brought under the wing of the Jerusalem Music Centre in the foundation of Isaac Stern. This collaboration led to the production of their debut CD, PercaDu – Works for Marimba and Percussion, and commissions of several pieces composed for and dedicated to them. One of these pieces is Spices, Perfumes, and Toxins!, a concerto written for PercaDu by Avner Dorman.
Since their performance at the 2007 Verbier Festival under the baton of Zubin Mehta, PercaDu has been in great demand all over the world. In March 2009 they gave their debut with the New York Philharmonic with Mehta conducting, for which the duo received standing ovations on all four evenings.