Colin Currie

Percussion

Appears on: Stravinsky’s Firebird

Colin Currie last appeared with the Oregon Symphony on April 9, 2018, when he performed Corigliano’s Conjurer with conductor Carlos Kalmar.

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 commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society, who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, HK Gruber, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Julia Wolfe, and Nico Muhly.

In October 2017 Currie launched Colin Currie Records, in conjunction with LSO Live, as a platform for recording his diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music in recent times. In October 2018 Currie released the second disc in this catalogue, The Scene of The Crime, which is a collection of works performed by Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger in their duo recital.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season included the world premiere of Helen Grime’s Percussion Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Marin Alsop in January 2019. The season was marked by a number of other premieres including new works for string quartet and percussion by Simon Holt and Suzanne Farrin with the JACK Quartet at the BBC Proms and the U.S. premiere of Turnage’s Martland Memorial with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.

Currie’s dynamic ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and 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.