Lucid Duo | Marimba Artists


"The music of Lucid Duo has a lot of energy and sensitivity and it will make an impression on the audience. They show great promise for the future." 

“Lucid duo, has this fantastic and unique combination of very interesting compositions, joined by impressive virtuosity, musicianship and ‘slavic souls’, that just add to their unique position in the percussive world.” 

The Duo

"The music of Lucid Duo has a lot of energy and sensitivity and it will make an impression on the audience. They show great promise for the future." 
~ Keiko Abe - Marimbist/Composer; Professor Emeritus of Marimba Department at the Toho Gakuen College of Music,Tokyo

“Lucid duo, has this fantastic and unique combination of very interesting compositions, joined by impressive virtuosity, musicianship and "slavic souls",
that just add to their unique position in the percussive world.”
~ Nebojša Jovan Živković, Composer & Multipercussion Concert Artist, Professor of Percussion at the Music and Arts University of Vienna; University Novi Sad, Academy of Arts, Serbia

Lucid duo is the first prize winning laureate of the prestigious Universal Marimba Competition 2011 in Belgium under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Paola, praised for their amazing degree of sensitivity to sound. Among others they were also recognized as Prizewinners of the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition 2015 in Vienna and finalists of the Contemporary chamber music competition De Linkprijs 2012 in The Netherlands. Their success brought them to international festivals and events in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland and their first appearance in Asia, giving a masterclass and concert at the renowned Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo in 2016. In 2016 the duo specialized at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo with the primary figure in the development of the marimba and Lucid’s biggest inspiration and idol – the Japanese legend Keiko Abe. The ensemble was formed in 2009 by Irena Manolova (Bulgaria) and Tomasz Goliński (Poland) in Belgium. After graduating Europe´ s first Marimba Master Degree at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, the duo believes in bringing the instrument to a further development as a solo concert musical instrument. Lucid’s performance is an introduction to the wide spectrum of the marimba virtuosity. Irena and Tomasz want to share their vision about this unique instrument and convince the audience to perceive it as a standard classical instrument. They mainly perform with a technical proficiency and above all passion and excitement a repertoire with selections of classical masterworks, own compositions and arrangements in a variety of musical styles. Seeking technical challenges and pushing the limits of the instrument has led Irena and Tomasz to unite two forces as they both have a strong background as soloists. Since Tomasz is one of the leading composers of his generation, the duo premieres many of his new works. These new compositions are being performed further by other marimbists around the world. In this unique way, the duo contributes to the marimba duo repertoire. Lucid Duo is currently based in Vienna, Austria and is an Innovative Percussion Endorser.

About Us

Tomasz Goliński

Composer, Marimbist and Percussionist

Tomasz Goliński Portrait

Tomasz Golinski (86) is a Polish composer, marimbist and percussionist. In 2011 he graduated Master of Percussion at the Gdansk Music Academy with Miroslaw Adrjanczyk and Master of Marimba at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp with Ludwig Albert. Tomasz finished both schools with the greatest distinction. Moreover, in the Royal Conservatory he received the title of the best student of the year. He finished the Postgraduate Marimba solo program with Ludwig Albert in 2013 and obtained his Master of chamber music degree in 2014 at the Leuven University College of Arts. Both specializations, Tomasz finished with greatest distinction. As a composer, Tomasz started his education in 2009 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, specialized in electro acoustic music with Joris de Laet and graduated the department of Composition in 2013 at the Leuven University College of Arts in the class of Luc van Hove. Tomasz Goliński is a laureate of several marimba and composition international competitions including the First prize of the Universal Marimba Composition Competition under the patronage of H.M. Queen Paola in 2011 and 2012 with his marimba solo pieces Luminosity and Purity, Second prize in the marimba solo category of the 8th Percussive Arts Society Italy International Percussion Competition, Fermo in 2010, Second prize at the 39th Percussive Arts Society Percussion Composition Contest 2011 in the USA with the marimba solo piece The Absurd World, Prize winner of the Fidelio Chamber Music Competition 2015 in Vienna. For his achievements Tomasz received a scholarship from The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and in 2012 the scholarship from “Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap” in Belgium. In the same year he has been awarded by the President of Koszalin City (Poand) – Piotr Jedliński for his outstanding artistic achievements. His compositions Purity II and Luminosity has been published by the Danish publishing house Edition Svitzer and The Absurd World, by Keyboard Percussion Music in the USA. It is worth to mention that in 2013 Luminosity was used as a set-piece in the Universal Marimba Competition and from this moment his marimba compositions are included in several international competitions and are performed worldwide. As one of the leading composers in the marimba/percussion field, Tomasz is receiving a lot of commissions from all parts of the world such as Thailand, USA, Austria, Germany etc. Among these commissions are Double Percussion Concerto No. 1 by Tuopali Duo for two multi percussionists, premiered during the international “Festival de Musica Contemporanea de Tenerife” in June 2015 in Spain. Marimba Quartet No.2, commissioned by Schlagwerk Wien led by Nebojsa Zivkovic, was premiered at the Music and Arts University of the city of Vienna, where he also held his masterclass.

Irena Manolova

Marimbist and Percussionist

Irena Manolova Portrait

The Bulgarian-born Irena Manolova (89) started playing percussion at the age of six. After graduating the National Music School ‘Lubomir Pipkov' (2008) in Sofia, Bulgaria, she obtained with the greatest distinction her Bachelor degree of Percussion (2011), Marimba Master degree (2013) and Master of Percussion degree (2014) at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium, guided by her teachers Ludwig Albert, Lin Chin-Cheng and Nando Russo. As a continuation, Irena specialized with the composer and multi-percussion concert artist Nebojsa Zivkovic exclusively on his percussion and marimba works at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna, followed by performing together with him the Serbian premiere of his Double Percussion Concerto ‘Obsesiones’ in 2015. In 2016, the marimbist completed her studies with the Japanese composer and marimba legend Keiko Abe at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo. In 2016 Irena got awarded the ‘’Start Stipendium’’ Scolarship by the Federal Chancellery of Austria for her project ‘Popularization of Marimba’ and won ‘’Yordan Kamdzhalov” Foundation’s Competition for Instrumentalists, Composers and Conductors in Sofia,Bulgaria. She is a winner of numerous competitions such as: Fidelio Chamber music competition in Vienna (2014&2015); ARTos Music prize for Soloist in Antwerp (2013); First Prize for Chamber Music at the Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium (2011); Marimba Solo laureate of the International Marimba Competition in Fermo (2010) and of the International Competition Music and Earth in Sofia (2010); Award for artistic achievements by the Ministry of Culture in Bulgaria (2005); Grand Prix Prize at the Balkan Festival Art Amphora in Sofia (2004) etc. She performed in concert halls and venues such as Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Hofburg, Vienna State Opera, ORF Radiokulturhaus, MuTh in Vienna; Concertgebouw and Muzikgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam; BCV Concert Hall Lausanne, Zurich University of the Arts; deSingel Antwerp etc. Irena participated in numerous festivals and events amongst which are: The Universal Marimba Festival in Belgium, International Percussion Ensemble Week in Croatia, Vienna Saxfest, Zurich International Saxfest, SGEM Vienna – International Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts, International Percussion Symposium Vienna, Nomus Festival in Serbia etc. Irena gained her experience as an orchestral percussionist with Ensemble Kontrapunkte Vienna, Royal Flemish Philharmonic Antwerp, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra Amsterdam. As a young pedagogue, Irena presented her marimba and percussion educational workshops at the Amadeus International School of Vienna in 2015 and 2016. Since 2016 she is also involved as a teacher, manager and a composer in the interdisciplinary educational project ‘’Keep playing’’, focusing on working across disciplines, combining music, dance, theater and improvisation. Irena is currently completing her pedagogical studies Master of Arts Education at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.


Official video

Performed by LUCID DUO
Film & Editing - Luis Casanova Sorolla Sound Engineer - Tomasz Goliński Special thanks to Innovative Percussion INC.


Performed by Lucid Duo
Keiko Abe "Reflections on Japanese Children's Songs" (Lucid Duo) Performed during the closing concert of KALIMA (Keiko Abe Lausanne International Marimba Academy) 2015 in Switzerland.

Purity II

Performed by Lucid Duo
Purity II was composed for Lucid Duo and premiered during The Marimba Gala Concert 2012 (C.C.Lin 10 years career) at the marimba department in the The Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium


Lucid Duo will take part of KALIMA 2017, the 80 years celebration of Keiko Abe Concert – Marimba duos
Master class and concert during the Festival de Música Contemporánea de Tenerife. *Spanish premiere of Tomasz’s (Lucid Duo) ‘God Particles II’ for two marimbas and tape
Lucid Duo will perform as soloists with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra the Wave Impressions II for 2 marimbas by Keiko Abe and the *World Premiere of Tomasz’s Double marimba concerto
Marimba specialization with Keiko Abe at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Tokyo
Performing on the International Percussion Symposium ‘Schlagwerk! Wien Symposium’ Marimbissimo *World-premiere of Tomasz’s (Lucid Duo) ‘God Particles II’ for two marimbas and tape