From his earliest years Colin Currie has pioneered new music for percussion. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 for his inspirational role in contemporary music-making and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Past commissions have included works by composers such as Simon Holt, Kurt Schwertsik, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jennifer Higdon and Alexander Goehr.
Currie has also had the privilege of commissioning a new work from Elliott Carter - the double concerto, Conversations, premiered with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the 2011 Aldeburgh Festival. He later premiered a new longer version Two Controversies and a Conversation with the New York Philharmonic/Robertson in June 2012. Upcoming commissions include new works by Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, James MacMillan and Louis Andriessen.
In 2011 Currie was appointed Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, a role which allows him to develop new relationships with artists and ensembles across a variety of art forms, as well as take part in collaborative and educational projects. His dynamic percussion ensemble The Colin Currie Group received critical acclaim for its performances of Steve Reich’s Drumming; following sell-out UK performances, the group made its international debut in 2012 at Tokyo Opera City, Japan.
Currie’s critical acclaimed recordings include Rautavaara’s Incantations with the Helsinki Philharmonic (Ondine) and MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic (Challenge Classics), conducted by the composer.