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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

It is thrilling for me to have been awarded a Borletti-Buitoni prize, for which I am so very grateful. The bursary will be used to pursue a major new commission for a percussion concerto, to be premiered in the near future. Such awards are so very valuable and rare at this "post-launch" stage of ones career, and this is where the BB-Trust is so special and incisive. I am delighted to be the recipient of such an esteemed award.

Colin Currie"

Colin Currie received support from BBT between 2005 and 2008, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography, visit

Percussionist Colin Currie has established a unique reputation for his charismatic and virtuosic performances of works by today's leading composers, and has appeared with many of the world's most important orchestras - the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra among them. Regularly commissioning and recording new works, he has made an inspirational and innovative contribution to percussion repertoire. Currie is deeply committed to the development of new repertoire for percussion - orchestral, solo and chamber music - and has recently premiered works written for him by Jennifer Higdon, Simon Holt, Alexander Goehr, Steven Mackey and Dave Maric. Following recent successes with the Minnesota Orchestra and at the BBC Proms, this season Currie debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and performs with the St Louis Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Royal Scottish National Orchestra among others. Future commission plans include an Einojuhani Rautavaara concerto for the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony, and a Kurt Schwertsik marimba concerto for the Scottish Ensemble. Currie performs extensively as recitalist, collaborating in particular with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, pianist Nicolas Hodges, the Pavel Haas Quartet and as leader of a percussion ensemble event centred on Steve Reich's Drumming. Recital highlights this season include the Wigmore Hall, Settembre Musica Festival, Bridgewater Hall and Hamburg Musikhalle. Currie's latest CD release features Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto conducted by Marin Alsop with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also recently released a recital disc Borrowed Time (Onyx), featuring music by British composer Dave Maric.

Last updated: September 2008

Photographs by Marco Borggreve, Ben Larpent, Jessica Griffin

Colin Currie plays Holt’s <br><em>a table of noises</em>

Colin Currie plays Holt’s
a table of noises

Simon Holt: a table of noises I JUTE

Colin Currie has recorded one of his BBT commissions for the ever- enterprising NMC label.  Premiered in 2008, Simon Holt’s a table of noises won a 2009 British Composer Award, and on this disc is joined by Holt’s witness to a snow vehicle with violinist Chloë Hanslip and the orchestral St Vitus in the kettle. Nicholas Collon conducts the Hallé.

Simon Holt
a table of noises
St Vitus in the kettle
witness to a snow miracle

Colin Currie percussion
Chloë Hanslip violin
Nicholas Collon conductor

NMC D218 |

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Borrowed Time - Music by Dave Maric

Borrowed Time - Music by Dave Maric

Maric:Borrowed Time

Maric:Predicament (movement II)

Maric:Lucid Intervals (movement I)

"This detailed, thoughtful music, mature in conception, confident in execution and impeccably recorded, is well worth your time." BBC Music Magazine, October 2007. This CD is the result of a long-term collaboration between Dave Maric and Colin Currie. An accompanying film is also on this website.

Colin Currie percussion

from the CD “Borrowed Time”

ONYX 4024 |

Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust

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Colin Currie Podcast

Colin Currie Podcast

Podcast:Colin Currie talks to Edward Seckerson

In an interview with Edward Seckerson, high-flying percussionist Colin Currie discusses the choices he’s made and the challenges that face young musicians today. As part of BBT Celebrated on Saturday 18 May 2013, Colin Currie joined a panel of leading music professionals for a provocative debate Is Talent Enough? BBT’s decade of nurturing young artists has highlighted the pressure to participate in more than just making music in order to build and sustain careers. Is it idealistic to think talent and hard work are all it takes in the 21st century? Are recording and commissioning necessities or luxuries? Is social networking a necessity or distraction? How does a brilliant young musician find the freedom and space for artistic inspiration and development? Who helps them?

Colin Currie interviewed by Edward Seckerson 

Colin Currie &amp; Dave Maric interview

Colin Currie & Dave Maric interview

Colin Currie in conversation with Dave Maric from Intermusica podcast

Colin Currie and Dave Maric discuss their collaboration for the CD "Borrowed Time", in an interview with Meurig Bowen for the Intermusica Podcast September 2007.

Colin Currie
Dave Maric

Podcast produced by Sandy Burnett and Simon Wall
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Dave Maric’s <em>Trilogy</em> recorded live on tour with BBT

Dave Maric’s Trilogy recorded live on tour with BBT

Maric:Trilogy (I Concentrics)

Maric:Trilogy (II Pelogy)

Maric:Trilogy (III Tamboo)

­Live performance of this celebrated work commissioned by Colin Currie, recorded live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, 1 October 2006 as part of the BBT Tour with Christian Tetzlaff. A film of the tour is also on this website.

Colin Currie percussion

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Simon Holt: <em>a table of noises</em> for percussion and orchestra

Simon Holt: a table of noises for percussion and orchestra

Holt:a table of noises (excerpt: Skennin’ Mary)

"There is not a concerto like that anywhere, for any instrument" (Colin Currie) Excerpt from the live World Premiere recording from Symphony Hall Birmingham 14 May 2008. The work was commissioned for Colin Currie by BBT and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Colin Currie percussion
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor

Courtesy of BBC Radio 3 |


Colin Currie recording works by Dave Maric for Onyx Classics

Filmed in 2007 during the creative process for "Borrowed Time", a CD of music by Dave Maric, Håkan Hardenberger and Dave Maric reflect on working with Colin Currie, while the percussionist himself illustrates why Maric’s work is so important to him. Our film includes recording, rehearsal and performance footage from Snape Maltings, St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge and LSO St Lukes, London.


Christian Tetzlaff & BBT Winners in residency and on tour in 2006

A select group of BBT Winners has gained valuable experience through BBT’s tours with Mitsuko Uchida (2004 and 2008) and Christian Tetzlaff (2006).  Shot on location in Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as the group prepared for their six-concert European tour, our film illustrates the value of the residency and the experience gained.  With Christian Tetzlaff, Colin Currie, Soovin Kim, Christian Poltéra, Christianne Stotijn and Shai Wosner.

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