Biography

The percussion duo „DoubleBeats“ was founded in 2012 by Ni Fan (China) and Lukas Böhm (Germany) during their studies at the 'Hanns Eisler' Academy of Music Berlin and became one of the internationally most successful percussion ensembles.
Currently, as part of their postgraduate studies, the duo is artistically supervised by prof. Li Biao, prof. Franz Schindlbeck, prof. Rainer Seegers and pianist prof. Jonathan Aner – as the first percussion ensemble in chamber music worldwide.

DoubleBeats made their national debut performing the Goldrush-Concerto by Jacob ter Veldhuis for two percussion soloists and orchestra under the conductor Sean Edwards at the Konzerthaus Berlin. Internationally they debuted at the 'International Percussion Ensemble Week' in Croatia.
At the 'International Mercedes-Benz Music Festival China', the duo was presented as „Young Artist of the Year 2012“. Since then, they regularly perform at considerable festivals in Europe and Asia.

DoubleBeats interprets both early and contemporary music. Their repertoire reaches from Bach via Piazolla up to Bartók and contains numerous adaptions and commissionary compositions for traditional as well as modern instruments.
With the release of their debut album 'Fascination of Percussion', produced with the multiple Grammy and Echo award winner Jakob Händel at the Berlin Philharmony, DoubleBeats presents essential chamber music for percussion duo, brilliant arrangements of classical music and two ensemble pieces with percussionists of the Berlin Philharmonics.

In 2017, DoubleBeats' new album „It's all about classic...“ will be released by the Label Naxos.

DoubleBeats is scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin 'Live Music Now' Assiciation and endorser of Sabian Cymbals. For „outstanding achievements in the field of interpretation“, the Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung rewarded the duo with the 'Ritter-Preis'. 

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Ni Fan grew up in a musical family in Peking, China. She got her first piano lessons at the age of four and started additional percussion lessons at the age of ten. From 2001 to 2007 she studied percussion at the 'Central Conservatory of Music' in Peking as a young student. Subsequently she did her bachelor degree studies with prof. Li Biao, which she graduated early with honors.

2010 Ni Fan continued her studies at the 'Hanns Eisler' academy of music in Berlin. She graduated in the master degree as well as in the postgraduate studies also early with honors and now teaches...

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Lukas Böhm began studying at the 'Hanns Eisler' Academy of Music Berlin while he was doing his Abitur at the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach boarding school. After graduating early with honors, he is now completing his studies as a scholar of the Berlin Philharmonics' Karajan Academy with Jan Schlichte as well as a post graduate student at the 'Hanns Eisler' Academy of Music with Li Biao, Franz Schindlbeck, Rainer Seegers and Jonathan Aner together with his duo partner Ni Fan – as the first percussion ensemble world wide in chamber music.

Böhm was award winner of the '...

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