American percussionist Cameron Leach is a dynamic performer and educator championing new music through high-energy performances and collaborations. An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, he has toured across the United States, Canada, and throughout Europe. He presents clinics and workshops internationally, engaging a variety of audiences on topics related to both concert and marching percussion, exploration of contemporary music for young students, and early-stage career development. Cameron’s recent highlights include the debut of his 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. He has appeared at such fine institutions as the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Sibelius Academy, Norwegian Academy of Music, and many more.
A Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Cameron won the 2017 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Solo Artist Competition, the 2017 Black Swamp Percussion Solo Competition, and served as Co-Principal for the World Percussion Group's 2017 European Tour. He has appeared at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) numerous times, most notably with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble in 2017 and the PAS All-Star International Percussion Ensemble in 2015. In 2016, he was featured on Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings with the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, and Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the Capital University Symphonic Winds. In addition to his concertizing, he has a strong background in marching percussion, having won world titles with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014, and the indoor percussion ensemble Rhythm X in 2013.
Cameron received his Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where he was consistently recognized for his accomplishments at the institution. He was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, Arts Leadership Certificate, John Beck Percussion Scholarship, and a Professional Development Grant for his work with the World Percussion Group. As a member of the Arts Leadership Program through the Institute for Music Leadership, he was selected as an inaugural winner of the Eastman/ArtistShare Partnership, allowing him to lead a commissioning consortium for Matt Curlee’s newest electroacoustic work for solo percussion, Decay No. 2. He has recorded and toured with both the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and performed important works by Lachenmann, Zappa, Webern, and Boulez with the ensemble Musica Nova.
Cameron completed his undergraduate studies at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, graduating summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Capital, he was named a Presser Scholar, received the Scholarship for Advanced Musical Study from the Women in Music Columbus organization, and was recognized for his excellence in music education with the Ohio Music Education Association’s Memorial Scholarship. He was in demand as a percussion specialist throughout the state, and worked as a freelance educator at local high school and college music programs. He is a licensed K-12 music teacher and a member of the honorary music fraternity Pi Kappa Lambda.