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. A champion of new music, 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.
Currie received the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music-making, and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. He has premiered works by composers including Elliott Carter, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Dave Maric, Julia Wolfe, and Nico Muhly. Currie is Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre where he was the focus of a major percussion festival, “Metal Wood Skin,” in autumn 2014; it included world premieres by Steve Reich and Anna Clyne; and the UK premieres of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Louis Andriessen’s Tapdance. Currie has recorded many concerto, recital and chamber works including Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop, which won a 2010 Grammy Award.
Currie recently had a season-long residency with Rotterdam’s De Doelen, which included performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Additional recent highlights include performances with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Columbus Symphony, and the Nuremburg, Sydney, Taipei, Fort Worth, and Albany symphony orchestras. Recital and chamber music appearances include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Montreux Festival, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, NCPA Beijing, Sound Festival Aberdeen, Cardiff, and Miami, among others.
He returns to Cabrillo for the U.S. premiere performance of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No. 2, a work co-commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival.