Cameron Leach is an American percussionist and educator championing new music through high-energy performances and collaborations. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, he has performed and given clinics across the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. Recently, Cameron won the 2017 PAS International Solo Artist Competition, the 2017 Black Swamp Percussion Solo Competition, and served as Co-Principal of the World Percussion Group's 2017 European Tour. His latest highlights include the debut of a new solo show, ELISION, the world premiere of Paul Lansky’s Metal Light for the Percussive Arts Society, a performance of Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and several concerts with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as a substitute percussionist. In addition to his concertizing, he has a strong background in marching percussion, having won world titles with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2014) and the indoor percussion ensemble Rhythm X (2013). Cameron is a Presser Scholar, a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
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I've been hard at work writing new blog posts, creating tons of Facebook/Instagram content, and editing down new videos of some of my recent performances (ELISION, Higdon Concerto, Eastman Performer's Certificate Recital), and I hope you'll take some time to check all of these things out!
On the horizon are some very exciting performance opportunities, as well as lots of performing/teaching possibilities that I can't quite talk about yet. I'm currently organizing university recitals and clinics for the upcoming year, and I'm really looking forward to touring around the country and visiting some wonderful programs. If you'd be interested in arranging something at your school or booking a performance, please let me know!
This summer will see the debut of my duo project (details forthcoming) on the Eastman Summer Recital Series, and a percussion ensemble performance in Beijing. In the fall, I will give the world premiere of Matt Curlee's Decay No 2, and in the spring I will premiere Dave Maric's new concerto for wind ensemble, percussion soloist, and electronics, written for me and funded by Capital University.
So many great things are shaping up, and I feel very blessed to be able to do the work I love with wonderful collaborators. As always, thank you for your support, and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or would simply like to chat!
- April 5, 2018