Artist in Residence: Colin Currie
Percussionist Colin Currie began his three-year tenure as the Oregon Symphony’s newest Artist in Residence in September, 2015. Through the 2017/18 Season, Currie will return annually to perform with the Oregon Symphony, and to serve as the organization’s ambassador-at-large, helping the Symphony share the joy of music with as wide and as diverse a population as possible. In addition to Colin’s many free public appearances this October 2016 and his concerts with the orchestra on October, he performed the West Coast premiere of Andrew Norman’s new percussion concerto Switch. While in town he also worked with students in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and reconnected with students at St. Mary’s Home for Boys in a unique performance and Q & A session.
A highlight of his residency this season was Currie’s work within an ensemble of the Oregon Symphony’s percussion section. This was a special treat for the audience at the newly opened Nordia House (Scandinavian Heritage Foundation headquarters). As a result of a unique partnership between the Oregon Symphony and Intel, the audience also heard a new composition by OSO percussionist, Sergio Carreno, which featured the Oregon Symphony percussionists performing on experimental wireless technology, enabling music to be made solely with hand movements rather than traditional instruments.
We look forward to April 2018 when Colin Currie returns to perform a newly commissioned work with the Oregon Symphony and continue his work in the community.
2015/16 Residency in review
- Mallets in hand, percussionist Colin Currie storms Portland as a guest of the Oregon Symphony
- 'Grimm' actors team with percussionist Colin Currie for a magical Portland evening (photos, video)
- New Oregon symphony resident artist Colin Currie shines in classic concerto (concert review)
About Colin Currie
Recognized for his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality”
(Guardian), 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. Read full bio