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Martin Kleibl

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A native of the Czech Republic, Martin Kleibl studied at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Czech Republic, where he received training in classical, jazz, and popular music. During his two-year scholarship at the University of North Texas, Martin studied in the jazz studio of Ed Soph, one of the world’s top educators. He also gained experience in Indian, Latin American, and African music, which expanded his musical horizons through participation in a series of workshops with top performers.

As a prominent performer of his generation, Martin Kleibl has been invited to collaborate in projects by leading Czech and foreign artists in jazz and popular music. He is a permanent member of Vilém Spilka Quartet and Vojtech Dyk & B-Side Band. Martin also focuses on experimental music; having collaborated with the Swiss Paul Klee Ensemble and the Slovak Quasars Ensemble. He has expanded his musical expertise in the classical field, notably during his seven year employment as a percussionist in the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. He contributes to contemporary percussion music in the OK Percussion Duo, which he established with Martin Oprsal, Head of the Percussion Department at Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Despite Martin´s versatility, the drumset remains to be his principal instrument. Martin Kleibl has performed both as a soloist and in ensembles in most European countries, as well as Japan and the USA. He is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Ufip Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

Along with being an active performer, Martin also teaches in the Percussion Department at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

He commutes between Czech Republic and Vienna, where he takes lessons with Prof. Fritz Ozmec at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.