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Colin Currie: 2015 Artist in Residence

Recognized for his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality” (Guardian), 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 world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000, Instrumentalist of the Year in 2014, and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by composers such as Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Wallin, Kurt Schwertsik, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Dave Maric, Julia Wolfe and Nico Muhly. 

Currie recently was Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre where in autumn 2014 he was the focus of a major percussion festival “Metal, Wood, Skin” featuring a number of premieres.

This charismatic musician of many talents joins the Oregon Symphony in late September and, while he’s in town, will serve as the Oregon Symphony’s week-long Artist in Residence. He “plans on making a real impact across the community for and with the Oregon Symphony in a variety of events- some tried and tested and some new.”

Watch this site for the schedule of week-long (9/21-28/15) events-there will be something for everyone and (seemingly) everywhere. It will all be free and accessible to the community!

For more information contact Monica Hayes at 503-416-6312 mhayes@orsymphony.org.

Colin's free community appearances to be listed here, soon.

See Colin Currie perform MacMillan's Veni, veni, Emmanuel with the Oregon Symphony at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall September 26, 27 & 28, 2015

VIDEO: Colin Currie on his Artist in Residence with the Oregon Symphony