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COLIN
CURRIE

PERCUSSIONIST

Colin Currie 9340 Linda Nylind

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (Spectator), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers.

Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s unrivalled commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Reich, Carter, Andriessen, HK Gruber, MacMillan, Clyne, Rautavaara, Ross Edwards, Higdon, Aho, Wallin, Schwertsik, Holt, Goehr, Norman, Maric, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly.

Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival Metal Wood Skin in 2014, featuring premieres by Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, James MacMillan Percussion Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Louis Andriessen’s Tapdance with Asko-Schoenberg Ensemble alongside school’s concerts and percussion workshops. Currie is also Artist in Residence with Oregon Symphony Orchestra 2015/16 -2017/18.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Percussion Concerto with Marin Alsop and the Britten-Pears Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, and a series of solo recitals including Washington, Princeton, Boston and Glasgow. Currie also makes his debut with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, performing MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with Manfred Honeck conducting. Currie ends the season performing both MacMillan percussion concerti in a two week tour with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James MacMillan. Other highlights include performances with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Sinfonia Rotterdam and at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Currie performs widely with his dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group, formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and which made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally.

Currie has recorded many concerto, recital and chamber works including most recently Andrew Norman’s Switch with Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer, released on Reference Records. His recording of Rautavaara’s Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic/Storgårds (Ondine) was released to critical acclaim and won a 2012 Gramophone Award.

Colin Currie is represented by Intermusica.

Colin Currie plays Zildjan cymbals and is a MarimbaOne Artist.

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