Colin Currie


COLIN Currie

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), 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 Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, HK Gruber, James MacMillan, Anna Clyne, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Ross Edwards, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Andrew Norman, Dave Maric, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming seasons Currie will premiere new works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Harrison Birtwistle and Andy Akiho.

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. The three season residency includes annual performances with Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of a new percussion concerto by Andy Akiho, and extensive education and outreach work.

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’s dynamic percussion 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. Highlights of the 2016/17 season include their debut performance at Macau International Music Festival with Drumming, a return visit to Tokyo Opera City, Tehillim at Royal Festival Hall and two performances in Hamburg as part of the opening season of the Elbphilharmonie.

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. Previous releases by Currie include MacMillan’s "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel" with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic/MacMillan on Challenge Classics, Jennifer Higdon’s "Percussion Concerto" with the London Philharmonic/Alsop, which won a 2010 Grammy Award, and a recital disc "Borrowed Time" featuring music by Dave Maric (Onyx). Currie recently recorded Steve Reich’s "Quartet" with Colin Currie Group to be released by Nonesuch Records in coming seasons; his recording of Carter will be released on Ondine in 2017 as will his recording of Bartok on Hyperion.