Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to successfully sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest conductors, orchestras, and artists. In 1992 she performed the first percussion concerto in the history of The Proms at the Albert Hall, paving the way for orchestras around the world to feature percussion concerti. She also played a leading role in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
A leading commissioner of new works for solo percussion, Glennie has more than 200 pieces from many of the world’s most eminent composers. She believes this has been crucial to her success as a solo percussionist. Her solo recordings now exceed 30 CDs and are as diverse as her career on-stage; these continue to be bestselling albums that demonstrate her brilliant improvisational skills. A double Grammy award winner and BAFTA nominee, Glennie is in demand as a composer in her own right and records high quality music for film, television and music library companies. The documentary film, Touch the Sound, and her enlightening TED speech remain key testimonies to her approach to sound-creation.
Glennie has over 80 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize, a Damehood and the Companion of Honour. Her master classes and consultations are designed to guide the next generation; and she remains committed to her mission–“to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening.”
Glennie returns as Cabrillo Festival guest artist this season, marking her fourth appearance. She will present the world premiere of Clarice Assad’s percussion concerto, AD INFINITUM, on opening night, August 4, 2017. The work was written in collaboration with and expressly for Glennie.
Photo: Jim Callaghan