Guest Artist Bio
Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers, acclaimed for his virtuosity and musi cal integrity. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is soloist with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and London Philharmonic orchestras.
Currie has forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, premiering works by Reich, Carter, Andriessen, Rautavaara, Higdon, Aho, MacMillan, Schwertsik, Holt, Goehr, Maric, Wolfe, Clyne, and Muhly.
In April 2014, Currie launched an adventurous new solo recital at the Wigmore Hall, including the premiere of a new work by Rolf Wallin, co-commissioned by Wigmore Hall, Bergen Festival, and Sound Aberdeen.
Currie also performs widely with his critically acclaimed Colin Currie Group, specializing in the music of Steve Reich. He is artist in residence at London’s Southbank Centre, where in autumn 2014 he was the focus of a major percussion festival, “Metal, Wood, Skin,” featuring a number of premieres, concerto, chamber, and recital performances, as well as additional educational events. Across the 2014/15 season, Currie was also Red Sofa Artist at Rotterdam’s De Doelen.
Currie has recorded many concerto, recital, and chamber works; his recording of Rautavaara’s Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic/Storgårds (Ondine) won a 2012 Gramophone Award.
Currie is in his second year as artist-in-residence with the Oregon Symphony.