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Colin Currie

Percussionist Colin Currie has established a unique reputation for his charismatic and virtuosic performances of works by today's leading composers, and has appeared with many of the world's most important orchestras - the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra among them. Regularly commissioning and recording new works, he has made an inspirational and innovative contribution to percussion repertoire.

Colin Currie is deeply committed to the development of new repertoire for percussion in its widest form - orchestral, solo and in chamber music. During the 2009/10 season, Currie gives the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's percussion concerto Incantations with the London Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, followed by performances with co-commissioners the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony. Other recent premieres include works written for Colin by Simon Holt, Kurt Schwertsik, Jennifer Higdon, Alexander Goehr, Steve Martland, Joe Duddell and Dave Maric, among others.

During the current season Colin Currie performs at Carnegie Hall with the St Louis Symphony and David Robertson, at the BBC Proms and Berlin Festival, with other highlights including the North American premiere of Simon Holt's a table of noises with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Scandinavian premiere with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Currie also performs extensively as recitalist and chamber musician, collaborating in particular with trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger, pianist Nicolas Hodges, and the Pavel Haas Quartet. Highlights this season include a solo recital and chamber music concert with the Pavel Haas Quartet at the Beethovenfest Bonn, and Currie leading a percussion ensemble event centred on Steve Reich's iconic work Drumming as part of the International Chamber Music Season at the Southbank Centre and at Birmingham Town Hall.

Colin Currie's latest CD release features Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto conducted by Marin Alsop with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also recently released a recital disc Borrowed Time on the Onyx label, featuring music by British composer Dave Maric including solo percussion music and duos with trumpet and organ.


Other members in The Colin Currie Group: Tony Bedewi | Richard Benjafield | Joby Burgess | Adam Clifford | Andrew Cottee | Owen Gunnell | Adrian Spillett | Synergy Vocals | Sam Walton | Rowland Sutherland.

events in 2010 with Colin Currie
  Date Day Time Location Event Details
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23Sat 7.30 pmAberdeenColin Currie Group
6Sat 8.00 pmBanchoryHebrides Ensemble, with Colin Currie, percussion and Michael Popper, dance/choreography