American percussionist Cameron Leach is a bold performer recognized for his expressive virtuosity, musical athleticism, and daring interpretations. As a soloist and chamber musician, Leach has concertized in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared at some of the world’s finest institutions, including the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Sibelius Academy, and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and notable halls such as the Lila Cockrell Theater, Ohio Theatre, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. 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. He is a member of the Northern California-based percussion quartet Orphic Percussion, and one half of the Leach | Peters Percussion Duo. Along with his active touring schedule, Leach regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. An in-demand educator, Leach recently held a professorship at Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, and now teaches exclusively as a guest artist at universities across the United States. Leach proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech.
“Intriguing repertoire of the highest level combined with Cameron’s natural charisma made his solo recital one of the best I have ever seen.”
- Michael Downing
Lecturer in Percussion, University of the Pacific
Leach’s 2019-2020 season features concerto debuts with the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Euclid Symphony Orchestra, as well as the premiere of a new concerto for solo percussion and chamber winds by Durwynne Hsieh. Leach will unveil two new solo programs throughout the season: ELISION, his entirely electroacoustic show, appears at the Rochester Fringe Festival, 2019 Ohio Day of Percussion, and on Ohio University’s CLICK Series, while his percussion theatre project, Seven Short Stories, has its premiere on the New Music at Short North Stage Series. On top of the seven new solo works Leach will premiere on his own programs, he will serve as artist-in-residence at Denison University’s biennial TUTTI Festival, allowing him to collaborate with and premiere several new pieces by festival composers.
Leach’s quartet, Orphic Percussion, will make recital debuts in Nuremberg and San Francisco, followed by ensemble residencies at Las Positas College and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Additionally, the Leach | Peters Duo will be featured on WXXI-FM’s “Live from Hochstein” radio broadcast during a recital/clinic tour of Upstate New York, culminating in a residency at the Eastman Community Music School. Looking ahead to 2020-2021, Leach will make his concerto debut with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, premiering a new percussion concerto by Guggenheim Fellow and Fromm Commission recipient Adam Roberts.
“A true superstar in the making, Leach is one of the most promising percussion soloists of his generation.”
—Dave Maric, Composer
Highlights from 2018-2019 include the premiere of Dave Maric’s percussion concerto Spiel, guest artist engagements at 20 universities across the United States, and recital appearances in Beijing, Portland, Orlando, Houston, Fresno, Rochester, and South Bend, to name a few. Leach served on faculty at the MalletLab Summer Intensive, and as artist-in-residence at both the Space City New Music Festival and Purdue University Fort Wayne. He appeared on the Eastman Summer Concert Series with the Leach | Peters Duo, and toured throughout the Midwest and Pacific Northwest with Orphic Percussion. In recent seasons, Leach performed concerti with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, along with several performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and a European tour with the World Percussion Group.
Devoted to the creation and performance of new music, Leach continues to commission diverse works for solo percussion, with a special focus on electroacoustic and theatrical music. His latest commissions include works by Emmanuel Séjourné, David Skidmore, Linda Kernohan, Paul Pinto, Vera Stanojevic, Matt Curlee, and Alexis C. Lamb, with generous support from the Johnstone Fund for New Music and the Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership. Leach has premiered over 30 new works by composers such as Michael Burritt, Paul Lansky, Alejandro Viñao, Jon Lin Chua, Stefan Cwik, and many more.
In addition to his work as a concert artist, Leach also has a strong background in marching percussion, having won world titles with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps and Rhythm X.