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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 he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

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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, 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, Colin Currie & Steve Reich Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton, once again 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 Marimba One Artist.

    2019/20 season / 578 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Concerto repertoire

*possible for chamber orchestra

Kalevi Aho

Andy Akiho
Percussion Concerto (World premiere 2019)

Louis Andriessen

Sally Beamish
Dance Variations*

Elliott Carter
Two Controversies and a Conversation*

Unsuk Chin
Double Concerto (piano & percussion)*

John Corigliano

Joe Duddell
Snowblind (with string ensemble)*

Tan Dun
Concerto for Water Percussion

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

Toshio Hosokawa

Zhou Long
Da Qu

Steven Mackey
Time Release*

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

Bruno Mantovani
Percussion Concerto (World premiere 2020)

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

Askell Masson
Crossings (concerto for two percussionists)
Percussion Concerto

Nico Muhly
Double Standard

Olga Neuwirth
Trurliade-Zone Zero

Andrew Norman

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Joey Roukens
Rotterdam Concerto*

Christopher Rouse
Der gerettete Alberich

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

Michael Torke

George Tsontakis

Mark-Anthony Turnage
Martland Memorial 

Erkki-Sven Tüür

Julia Wolfe
riSE and fLY

Iannis Xenakis
Aïs (baritone, percussion and 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
Karlheinz Stockhausen Vibra-Elufa (solo percussion)
André Jolivet Heptade
Tobias Brostrom Dream Variations
Rolf Wallin Realismos Mágicos (solo percussion)
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

Suzanne Farrin Hypersea (percussion & string quartet)
Rolf Wallin Realismos Mágicos (solo percussion)
Simon Holt Quadriga (percussion & string quartet)
Zosha di Castri String Quartet (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
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), Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore (piano)

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


Colin Currie Quartet

The Colin Currie Quartet was formed in 2018 to present exciting and adventurous works written for percussion quartet. The group is made up of Colin Currie, Owen Gunnell, Adrian Spillett and Sam Walton, who 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, and the group will be adding substantially to its repertoire in the coming years, including a dramatic piece for four drumkits by Julia Wolfe and a new quartet by British composer Dave Maric.

In their debut season, 2018/19, they performed at the NCPA Beijing, Wigmore Hall, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses and East Neuk Festival in Scotland.

Click here to watch the Quartet's trailer. 

Programme, 2020/21
Joseph Pereira Mallet Quartet
Steve Reich Mallet Quartet
Julia Wolfe Dark Full Ride
Dave Maric Nascent Forms
Steve Reich Drumming (Part 1)

Programme, 2018/19 & 2019/20

Joseph Pereira Mallet Quartet
Xenakis Rebonds B
Stockhausen Vibra-Elufa
Steve Reich Mallet Quartet
Kevin Volans Four Marimbas
Steve Reich Drumming (Part 1)

“It's not possible to play this piece more vibrantly and precisely than these four did."
Arts Desk, July 2018

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.


Intermusica represents Colin Currie worldwide

Catherine Gibbs
Associate Director
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Aimee Chow
Associate Director (Berlin)
+44 20 7608 9949

Kimberley Bourlet
Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9943

Maebh Lehane
Associate Artist Manager (on temporary leave)
+44 20 7608 9924

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Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles