Biography

THE PERCUSSION COLLECTIVE

The Percussion Collective’s 2018-2019 season was met with extraordinary critical acclaim. Their first tour to China featured performances of Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne in a collection of fabulous venues including Shanghai’s Symphony Hall, the stunning Jiangjsu Grand Theatre in Nanjing and the mystical Temple in Beijing.

“The extraordinary Percussion Collective brought the audience a level of artistry, beauty, and insight more commonly found in great string quartets.” - Beijing Morning Post, October 2018

In March, the group was joined by Yellow Barn's Artistic Director, Seth Knopp for a sold out performance at the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas that included Martin Bresnick’s anti-war piece, Caprichos Enfaticos. The program also included one of percussion’s seminal works, Village Burial With Fire by English composer James Wood.

“This was truly masterful performing, and it is a lesson in getting capacity crowds to contemporary music performances.” - Theater Jones Reviews, March 2019

In their first orchestral showcase, The Percussion Collective had three nights of standing ovations for their world premiere performances of Christopher Theofinidis’s Drum Circles with The Oregon Symphony and their Music Director, Carlos Kalmar. In this piece, four members of The Collective and the orchestra’s own percussion section surrounded the orchestra in a circle, creating an extraordinary spatial and theatrical effect.

“A phenomenally exciting world premiere performance of Drum Circles by American composer Chris Theofinidis.” - Northwest Reverb, November 2018

The 2019-2020 season begins with The Collective’s debut at the Aspen Music Festival. The group will perform Theofanidis Drum Circles with the acclaimed Aspen Festival Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern. Later in the season, the group will perform this exciting new concerto with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall, and Hartford Symphony. Another orchestral highlight of the season will be the world premiere of Seaborne with Orchestra with the Louisville Orchestra and their Music Director, Teddy Abrams. Spring of 2020, includes The Percussion Collective’s first appearances in Europe, with a tour that includes debut recitals at the Musikverein in Vienna, Amsterdam’s renowned Concertgebouw and the Purcell Room in London. The group will continue their residencies at American universities with master classes and recitals throughout the country including the University of Texas in Austin and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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OFFICIAL BIO FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON.

LAST UPDATED JUNE 2019.

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