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Colin Currie

Artist in Association, Southbank Centre, London
Artistic Director, Colin Currie Group
Artistic Curator, Grafenegg Academy

  • Colin Currie is as solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, he is hailed as being “at the summit of percussion performance today” (Gramophone). Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and conductors and he performs with the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestras.

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  • A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s 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, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Sir James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Helen Grime, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Andy Akiho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, this season Currie will premiere new works by Bruno Mantovani, Danny Elfman, and Steve Reich.

    In October 2017 Currie launched Colin Currie Records, in conjunction with LSO Live, as a platform for recording his diverse projects, celebrating the extraordinary developments for percussion music in recent times. Since the label’s first release, the Colin Currie Group’s debut recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming, hailed as “thunderously exciting” (The Times), Currie has released 3 further discs in the catalogue; The Scene of The Crime, with Håkan Hardenberger; Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, once again featuring the Colin Currie Group; and most recently, HK Gruber Percussion Concertos, with the BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena and John Storgårds.

    Currie’s dynamic 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 performed at many venues and festivals internationally. A major highlight of Currie’s 2021/22 season is the world premiere of a significant new work by Steve Reich, Traveler’s Prayer, written for the Colin Currie Group. Throughout October and November 2021 the Colin Currie Group tour the premiere performances to The Concertgebouw, Royal Festival Hall, Elbphilharmonie and Philharmonie de Paris with subsequent co-commissioned premieres to follow at Tokyo Opera City, Carnegie Hall and CAL Performances.

    Other highlights of Currie’s season include the world premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s Percussion Concerto, Allegro Barbaro, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the world premiere of Danny Elfman’s Percussion Concerto with the London Philarmonic Orchestra, followed by the US premiere with Pacific Symphony, and the world premiere of Nicole Lizee’s percussion concerto Blurr is the Colour of My True Love's Eyes with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa.

    Currie also performs widely in chamber performances across the season with the Colin Currie Quartet, Antoine Tamestit, Håkan Hardenberger and the musicians of Västerås Sinfonietta. Currie is co-Artistic Curator of the Grafenegg Academy alongside Håkan Hardenberger, where he will perform the Austrian premiere of Helen Grime’s Percussion Concerto and as well as coaching, conducting and performing chamber music with Academy musicians.

    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 and continues to perform there every season. 

    Colin Currie plays Zildjian cymbals and is a Marimba One Artist.

    2021/22 season / 571 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Livestreams & Broadcasts

Concertgebouw Amsterdam | October 2021 
Steve Reich: Tehillim; Traveler's Prayer; Music for 18 Musicians 
Colin Currie Group, Synergy Vocals
Colin Currie (conductor)
Click to watch on YouTube

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra | November 2020 
Tan Dun: Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)
Click to watch on YLE Areena

Colin Currie Quartet
Polyphonic Concert Club | March 2021
Pereira, Akiho, Maric, Reich
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Scottish Chamber Orchestra | May 2021 
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Incantations
James MacMillan (conductor)
Click to watch on YouTube

Concerto repertoire

For symphony orchestra or chamber orchestra

Kalevi Aho

Andy Akiho
Percussion Concerto 

John Corigliano

Joe Duddell

Tan Dun
Concerto for Water Percussion

Danny Elfman
Percussion Concerto 

Peter Eötvös
Speaking Drums

Helen Grime
Percussion Concerto 

HK Gruber
Into the open... 
Rough Music

Jennifer Higdon
Percussion Concerto

Simon Holt
a table of noises

Robert Honstein

Nicole Lizee
Blurr is the Colour of My True Love's Eyes (premiere 2022)

Steven Mackey
Time Release

James MacMillan
Veni, Veni Emmanuel 
Percussion Concerto No. 2  

Bruno Mantovani
Allegro barbaro 

Dave Maric
Towards Future's Embrace

Andrew Norman

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Joey Roukens
Percussion Concerto

Christopher Rouse
Der gerettete Alberich

Mark-Anthony Turnage
Martland Memorial 

Julia Wolfe
riSE and fLY

Iannis Xenakis
Aïs (baritone, percussion and orchestra)

For mixed ensemble or string ensemble

Louis Andriessen

Luke Bedford
Staggered Nocturne (premiere 2022)

Elliott Carter
Two Controversies and a Conversation

Joe Duddell

Dave Maric

Kurt Schwertsik
Now you hear me, now you don't (string orchestra)


Marin Alsop
Andrey Boreyko
Dougie Boyd
Martyn Brabbins
Baldur Brönnimann
Karel Mark Chichon
David Danzmeyer
Thomas Dausgaard
Tan Dun
Christoph Eschenbach
Thierry Fischer
Michael Francis
Mikko Franck
Fabien Gabel
James Gaffigan
Edward Gardner
HK Gruber
Giancarlo Guerrero
Matthew Halls
Håkan Hardenberger
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Antony Hermus
Manfred Honeck
Pietari Inkinen
Kristjan Järvi
Carlos Kalmar
Francois Leleux
Hannu Lintu
James MacMillan
Juanjo Mena
David Alan Miller
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Sakari Oramo
Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Alondra de la Parra
Andre de Ridder
David Robertson
François-Xavier Roth
Santtu-Matias Rouvali
Peter Rundel
Kwame Ryan
Donald Runnicles
Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Alexander Shelley
Leonard Slatkin
Dima Slobodeniouk
Tugan Sokhiev
Thomas Søndergård
John Storgårds
Bramwell Tovey
Osmo Vänskä
Gilbert Varga
Joshua Weilerstein
John Wilson

Solo Recital

Solo Percussion Recital

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

"His words set expectations high, and his performance exceeded them…. Currie’s white mallets blurred as they raced over bongos and tom-toms, both arms and one foot maintaining distinct rhythms. He moved with taut physicality and fierce focus, tweaking each limb’s pattern and prominence, phasing them in and out… He bowed with a smile, having rocked the house and raised the roof."
Boston Globe, December 2016

"a blistering and mesmeric performance... He erupted onto the stage, launching his programme to explosive effect with Per Norgards’ Fire over Water... The relative peace of Hosakawa’s Remembrance evoked an altogether different world, as did the wonderful mercurial qualities of both Stockhausen’s Vibra-Elufa and Ralf Wallin’s dazzling miniatures, Realismos magicos. And that was Currie’s playing: magical and dazzling to eye and ear, climaxing in the classic drum battle that is Xenakis’ Rebonds B."
Glasgow Herald, November 2016

“An evening of wonders at Wigmore Hall… Rolling tremolandos gave an effect of aural marbling, with Currie’s dexterity and control of dynamic fluctuation as awe-inspiring as the piece itself."

“Currie played this virtuoso half-hour of music on instruments from tom-toms to south Asian temple blocks from memory... Currie’s virtuosity energised all and the young audience was hugely enthusiastic.”
Financial Times

Chamber projects

Colin Currie & Håkan Hardenberger
Trumpet and Percussion Duo

Joe Duddell Catch
Tobias Brostrom Dream Variations 
Toshio Hosokawa Reminiscence (solo percussion)
Toru Takemitsu Paths (solo trumpet)
HK Gruber Passing the Buck 
Brett Dean ...the scene of the crime...

“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 & JACK Quartet
programme includes: 

Suzanne Farrin Hypersea (percussion & string quartet)
Andy Akiho Aluminous (percussion & string quartet)
Steve Martland Starry Night (percussion & string quartet)

Colin Currie & Huw Watkins (percussion & piano)

Dave Maric Predicaments
Britten Holiday Diary (solo piano)
Joe Duddell Parallel Lines
Hannah Lash C
Tansy Davies Dark Ground (solo percussion)
Helen Grime Harp of the North (solo piano)
Huw Watkins Seven Inventions

Colin Currie & Nicholas Hodges (percussion & piano)

Birtwistle Intrada for piano and percussion
Stockhausen Klavierstück V (piano)
Birtwistle Variations from the Golden Mountain (piano)
Feldman King of Denmark (percussion)
Birtwistle Intrada for piano and percussion
Stockhausen Kontakte (piano & percussion)

“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 & Sam Walton (percussion), Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy (piano)

Ravel: Rhapsody Espanol M.54 for two pianos and two percussion
Rolf Wallin: Realismos mágicos (solo marimba)
Piano duo work
Bryce Dessner: Tromp Miniature (solo marimba)
Piano duo work
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion

Colin Currie Quartet

The Colin Currie Quartet was formed in 2018 by Colin Currie to present the diverse works written for percussion quartet. Comprising of Colin Currie, Owen Gunnell, Adrian Spillett and Sam Walton, the players form the core of the Colin Currie Group, and in this new collective they perform works by Steve Reich and branch out into other composers who have been swept along by that highly influential force.

As some of the world’s leading solo, symphonic and chamber percussionists each player of the quartet brings a different and insightful slant to the art of chamber percussion performance. Recent highlights include performances at the NCPA Beijing, BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, amongst others. A dominant premiere in their first season was a substantial new work for four marimbas by Kevin Volans, and the group will be adding substantially to its repertoire in the coming years.

Click here to watch the Quartet's trailer. 

Click here to watch Colin Currie Quartet perform Pillar IV by Andy Akiho

Sample Programme
Andy Akiho Pillar I
Freya Waley-Cohen New Work (premiere 2024)
Andy Akiho Pillar IV
Steve Reich Mallet Quartet
Julia Wolfe Dark Full Ride

“It's not possible to play this piece more vibrantly and precisely than these four did."
Arts Desk

Colin Currie is at the summit of percussion performance today.


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


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


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