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Colin Currie

Percussion

  • 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 leading orchestras and conductors.

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  • 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 for his achievements in 2014. 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, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Dave Maric, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming seasons Currie will premiere new works by Andrew Norman, Ross Edwards and Mark-Anthony Turnage.


    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, featuring world premieres of Steve Reich’s Quartet with the Colin Currie Group, Anna Clyne’s Secret Garden and the UK premieres of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Louis Andriessen’s Tapdance with Asko-Schoenberg Ensemble. Other highlights included a solo percussion recital for school children, The Big Percussion Workshop Day, and foyer performances with percussion students from London conservatoires.


    Highlights of the 2015/16 season include the world premiere of HK Gruber’s into the open… at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic followed by the Austrian premiere at Wien Modern with the Vienna Symphony in November 2015. Currie also performs the US premiere of MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No.2 at Cabrillo Festival with Marin Alsop conducting, and further performances with Baltimore Symphony and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. He makes his Edinburgh International Festival debut performing the MacMillan with Royal Scottish National Orchestra followed by a chamber programme at Queen’s Hall.


    Currie will also premiere a new concerto by Andrew Norman this season, with Utah Symphony and Thierry Fischer in Utah and at Carnegie Hall followed by the European premiere with BBC Symphony and Sakari Oramo. Currie ends the season performing a new double concerto for saxophone and percussion by Ross Edwards, which he premieres with Amy Dickson and the Sydney Symphony. Other highlights include his first season as Artist in Residence with the Oregon Symphony and performances with Cincinnati Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, and Naples Philharmonic, Brno Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia, Asturias Philharmonic, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de Picardie. Chamber music performances include a project with Cedric Tiberghien at Wigmore Hall and Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and a US tour with the Miro Quartet.


    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. In November 2013 the group gave its first performance of Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians in a sold-out Royal Festival Hall in the presence of the composer; the performance was lauded as “technically impeccable and musically overwhelming” (Guardian). Highlights of the 2015/16 season include performances at the Helsinki Festival, a return visit to Royal Festival Hall to perform Music for 18 Musicians, followed by two performances in Rotterdam.


    Currie has recorded many concerto, recital and chamber works including most recently Alexander Goehr’s Since Brass, nor Stone released on NMC. 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 Simon Holt’s concerto a table of noises with The Hallé to be released by NMC in 2015.


    www.colincurrie.com

    Colin Currie plays Zildjan cymbals and is a MarimbaOne Artist.

    2015-16 season / 710 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Concerto repertoire

*possible for chamber orchestra


Kalevi Aho
Sieidi


Louis Andriessen
Tapdance*


Sally Beamish
Dance Variations*


Elliott Carter
Two Controversies and a Conversation*


Unsuk Chin
Double Concerto (piano & percussion)*


John Corigliano
Conjurer*


Joe Duddell
Snowblind (with string ensemble)*
Ruby


Tan Dun
Concerto for Water Percussion


Hk Gruber
Into the open... (world premiere 2015)
Rough Music


Jennifer Higdon
Percussion Concerto


Simon Holt
a table of noises


Zhou Long
Da Qu


Steven Mackey
Time Release*


James MacMillan
Percussion Concerto No. 2
Veni, Veni Emmanuel*


Dave Maric
Lifetimes (with string ensemble)*
Towards Future's Embrace*


Askell Masson
Crossings (concerto for two percussionists)
Percussion Concerto


Andrew Norman
Switch (world premiere 2015)


Einojuhani Rautavaara
Incantations*


Joey Roukens
Rotterdam Concerto*


Christopher Rouse
Der gerettete Alberich


Kurt Schwertsik
Now you hear me, now you don't* (with string ensemble)


Michael Torke
Rapture


George Tsontakis
Mirologhia


Erkki-Sven Tüür
Magma*


Julia Wolfe
riSE and fLY


Iannis Xenakis
Aïs (baritone, percussion and orchestra)

Conductors

Marin Alsop
Andrey Boreyko
Dougie Boyd
Martyn Brabbins
Baldur Brönnimann
Christoph Eschenbach
Thierry Fischer
James Gaffigan
HK Gruber
Giancarlo Guerrero
Manfred Honeck
Pietari Inkinen
Kristjan Järvi
Oliver Knussen
Hannu Lintu
James MacMillan
Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Sakari Oramo
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Andre de Ridder
David Robertson
François-Xavier Roth
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Kwame Ryan
Donald Runnicles
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Alexander Shelley
Dima Slobodeniouk
Tugan Sokhiev
Thomas Søndergård
John Storgårds
Bramwell Tovey
Osmo Vänskä
Gilbert Varga
Joshua Weilerstein.

Concerto engagements

Colin Currie has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, in recent seasons with the New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Cleveland Orchestra.


Highlights of 14/15 and beyond:
Philharmonia Orchestra/Rouvali, Rotterdam Philharmonic/Inkinen, ON de Toulouse/Sokhiev, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic/Gaffigan, BBC Philharmonic/Storgards, Royal Scottish National/Gardner, Baltimore Symphony/Alsop, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra/Alsop, Wiener Symphoniker, Cincinnati Symphony.

Metal Wood Skin percussion festival at Southbank Centre

Colin Currie is Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, and in autumn 2014 was the figurehead of a major percussion festival, Metal, Wood, Skin. The festival showcased Currie’s physicality, dynamism and raw talent in new commissions written especially for him by Steve Reich, James MacMillan, Louis Andriessen and Anna Clyne.


Wed 17 Sep 2014
Youth Orchestra of Bahia
Ricardo Castro conductor
Colin Currie percussion


Julia Wolfe riSE and fLY (Percussion Concerto)


Sun 5 Oct 2014
Asko | Schönberg Ensemble
Clarke Rundell conductor
Colin Currie percussion


Andriessen Tapdance for percussion & large ensemble (UK premiere)
Anna Clyne Secret Garden for solo drum kit & pre-recorded sound (World Premiere)


Sun 12 Oct 2014
Colin Currie Group with Steve Reich


Reich Clapping Music
Reich Sextet for percussion & keyboards
Reich Mallet Quartet for 2 marimbas & 2 vibraphones
Reich Quartet for 2 vibraphones & 2 pianos (World premiere)


Tue 11 Nov 2014
Aurora Orchestra: A Tribute to Steve Martland
Nicholas Collon conductor
Colin Currie percussion


Martland Starry Night
Martland Horses of Instruction


Sun 7 Dec 2014
Colin Currie percussion
Tamara Stefanovich piano


Birtwistle The Axe Manual for piano & percussion


Thu 11 Dec 2014
Philharmonia Orchestra
Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor
Colin Currie percussion


MacMillan Percussion Concerto No.2 (UK premiere)


http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/colincurrie

Recital and chamber projects

Colin Currie Group
Formed in 2006, the Colin Currie Group is an outstanding percussion-based ensemble performing the music of Steve Reich. Endorsed and encouraged by Steve Reich himself, who said of the Group “Another performance that knocked my socks off was Colin Currie and his group doing Drumming at the South Bank this year. It was miked up high, it was expressionist, it was a brand new take. And I thought, Oh, we never could have done it that way.” (Irish Times), in October 2014 the Colin Currie Group premiered a new work by Reich, Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones.


Highlights of the Colin Currie Group’s 2014/15 season include performances at London’s Southbank Centre, Cite de la Musique, Cologne Philharmonie, Prague Strings of Autumn, Rotterdam De Doelen, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, Dublin, Glasgow Minimal Festival, Cardiff, Saffron Hall.
Visit the Group’s full profile here, including programmes and media


Solo Recital
Elliott Carter Figment V
Per Norgaard Fire Over Water
Toshio Hosokawa Reminiscence
Bruno Mantovani Moi, jeu...
Interval
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds B
Karlheinz Stockhausen Vibra-Elufa
Rolf Wallin Realismos Mágicos


“Rolling tremolandos gave an effect of aural marbling, with Currie’s dexterity and control of dynamic fluctuation as awe-inspiring as the piece itself.” Times


Colin Currie and Hakan Hardenberger
Trumpet and Percussion Duo
Joe Duddell Catch 10'
Luciano Berio Sequenza for Trumpet 15' (solo trumpet)
Tobias Brostrom Dream Variations 10'
Interval
Brett Dean New work 10'
Rolf Wallin Realismos Magicos 15’ (solo marimba)
Lukas Ligeti Tangle 15'


“A breathtaking performance… Both players exhibited stunning virtuosity, though always at the service of musical effect, never for its own sake.” San Francisco Classical Voice


Colin Currie and Nicholas Hodges
Percussion and Piano Duo
Stockhausen Kontakte
Birtwistle The Axe Manual


“The combined genius of pianist Nicholas Hodges and percussionist Colin Currie, armed with a battery of percussion and piano, made thrilling theatre out of it, amplifying the electronic cues with a visceral immediacy that brought every moment to life. The entire presentation was directional, engaging and unquestionable proof that Stockhausen was not only onto something, but way ahead of the game.” Scotsman


Colin Currie and the Miro Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet Op. 95
Pereira Strophe
Torke Mojave
Interval
Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor D.703
Wallin Realismos Magicos (solo percussion)
Martland Starry Night


Colin Currie percussion and pianos
with Sam Walton, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Philip Moore
Reich Quartet
Maric Trophic Cascades (two pianos, two percussion)
Interval
Bartók Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion


Adams Hallelujah Junction (piano duo)
Reich Quartet (two pianos, two vibraphones)
Interval
Wallin Realismos mágicos (solo percussion)
Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion



...the work confirms Currie’s status as an athlete and a star, as well as an outstanding musician.

Guardian, December 2014

Currie is riveting to watch as well as hear, his body always tense with concentration. And yet the actual touch is measured and even gentle, each note placed just so.

Daily Telegraph, October 2014

The soloist was Colin Currie, surely the world’s finest and most daring percussionist.

Spectator, August 2013

Intermusica represents Colin Currie worldwide

Catherine Gibbs
Associate Director
+44 20 7608 9946
cgibbs@intermusica.co.uk

Maebh Lehane
Administrator, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9924
mlehane@intermusica.co.uk

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