“Currie’s athletic playing was as dazzling and as persuasive as the work itself”
“Colin Currie the virtuoso soloist, imagined an orchestral kaleidoscope of flickering lights and perfectly judged timbres.”
“Dense cross rhythms abound in this beautifully crafted showcase… [Currie] leapt between multiple percussion instruments, battled with the strings and fended off fiercely difficult marimba passages without breaking a sweat.”
The Telegraph [UK]
“Colin Currie is a musician first and a percussionist second…The instruments were played with a wonderful range of touch…A marvellous concert…”
New York Classical Review
Like the physicality of Currie’s performance, the music [Andrew Norman’s “Switch”]worked in sudden turns, percussionist and orchestra playing quick passages in strictly synchronized rhythm, then switching into percussion concerto mode and then into denser juxtapositions.”
“The glory of the evening was the world premiere of a piece for marimba by Rolf Wallin, Realismos Mágicos…Eyes of a Blue Dog drew forth crystals of sound-cluster, flashing from the beaters as they twirled tight and close…with Currie’s dexterity and control of dynamic fluctuation as awe-inspiring as the piece itself.”
“…the work confirms Currie’s status as an athlete and a star, as well as an outstanding musician”
“the world’s finest and most daring percussionist”
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 he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.
A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognized 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, James MacMillan, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Helen Grime, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Andrew Norman, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. Looking ahead, in the coming season Currie will premiere new works by Bruno Mantovani, Luke Bedford and Andy Akiho.
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. The label’s first release was the Colin Currie Group’s debut recording, Steve Reich’s Drumming, which was hailed as “thunderously exciting” (The Times). In October 2018 Currie released the second disc in this catalogue, The Scene of The Crime, with Håkan Hardenberger, the third release following in April 2019 and once again, Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton featuring the Colin Currie Group.
Highlights of Currie’s 2019/20 season include the world premiere of Bruno Mantovani’s Percussion Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck in April 2020. Currie also premieres a new concerto by Luke Bedford with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Andy Akiho’s new percussion concerto with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra. Currie performs the UK premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Glorious Percussion at the Edinburgh International Festival with BBC Scottish Symphony/Dausgaard and percussionists from the Colin Currie Group. Another major season highlight is Currie’s conducting debut, conducting the Britten Sinfonia in the European premiere of Steve Reich’s Reich/Richter at the Barbican, London, in October 2019.
Currie’s orchestral engagements also include appearances with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, MDR Leipzig, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Swedish Chamber and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria. Currie also collaborates with various chamber partners, including Nicolas Hodges, Antoine Tamestit, the JACK Quartet and his own Colin Currie Quartet, for performances at Vienna Konzerthaus, de Doelen, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, King’s Place and the Southbank Centre.
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 taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally. The Colin Currie Group return to the Southbank Centre in December 2019 for four sold-out performances of Drumming at the Hayward Gallery, where the work received its world premiere nearly 50 years ago.
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 Zildjan cymbals and is a MarimbaOne Artist.