"Cameron Leach is a major talent! His performance of my Percussion Concerto was outstanding...full of power and grace!"
- Jennifer Higdon, Composer
Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy Award winner
American percussionist Cameron Leach is a bold, high-energy performer recognized for his expressive virtuosity, musical athleticism, and daring interpretations. Leach is the winner of both the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Artist Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Recent highlights include a performance in China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, a European Tour with the World Percussion Group, the debut of his electroacoustic solo show ELISION, and a performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Leach’s upcoming engagements include his concerto debut with the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, recital and clinic tours across the United States, the world premiere of Dave Maric’s percussion concerto Spiel, and residencies at Purdue University Fort Wayne, the Space City New Music Festival, and the MalletLab Summer Intensive. Along with his active touring schedule, he regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Leach is endorsed by Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech.
“A true superstar in the making, Leach is one of the most promising percussion soloists of his generation.”
- Dave Maric, Composer
Fresh off a long Florida Tour and a brief stint in Oklahoma with Orphic Percussion, it’s nice to be home for five whole weeks to prepare the world premiere of Dave Maric’s Spiel, a percussion concerto for wind ensemble and electronics. The premiere takes place next week on Capital University’s 100th Year Anniversary Gala Concert, with additional guest artists Eric Whitacre and Mat Morse—it’s sure to be a blast. After the premiere, I’ve got a few days to relearn a recital program, Michael Burritt’s White Pines, and a whole set of Orphic music, for a solo residency that leads right to a quartet tour of the Pacific Northwest. So much music!
Booking season for 2019-2020 is in full swing, and that means crunching dates, surveying flights, and sending lots of emails to get things right. I’m excited to be performing on four Day of Percussion events next year (in the Midwest and Germany), multiple concerto engagements (some still TBA), and premiering two new solo programs: my new-and-improved electroacoustic solo show ELISION at the Rochester Fringe Festival, and a new percussion theatre program on the New Music at Short North Stage Series. My full season schedule will be announced sometime in the early summer.
If you’re interested in booking me for a performance, master class, or as a judge, please reach out HERE.
In addition, some exciting news has just come through relating to future concerto engagements:
First, I’ll be performing Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings (with the addition of the new first movement) in October 2019, with the Euclid Symphony Orchestra and conductor Matthew Salvaggio. What’s more, I’ll be premiering a new percussion concerto by Adam Roberts with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra in April 2021, thanks to the generous support of the Johnstone Fund for New Music!
Finally, I’ve been working on several (too many?!) commissioning projects for a variety of new works (in varying commissioning formats), including:
New marimba solo with electronics by Emmanuel Séjourné (contact me if you’re interested in joining!)
New piece for speaking/acting percussionist by Linda Kernohan (individual commission)
New piece for speaking/acting percussionist with electronics by Paul Pinto (individual commission)
New snare drum solo with electronics by Vera Stanojevic (individual commission)
New piece for saxophone quartet and percussion duo, by a composer very versed in writing for both instruments (exclusive invite-only commission)
Thanks for reading, and before I sign off, here is my most recent video release—Jennifer Higdon's critically acclaimed Percussion Concerto—with none other than the Eastman Wind Ensemble! As usual, I owe you all the biggest THANK YOU for all of your support!
- March 19, 2019