"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, and summer residencies at both 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, and is a newly appointed faculty member at Kent State University. Leach is endorsed by Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech.
After a very successful opening to the 2018/2019 season, including trips to China, California, Tennessee, and Kentucky, it’s time for a short break from performing to learn new repertoire, book new engagements, and organize new commissions. This spring will see the premiere of Matt Curlee’s Decay No. 2 and David Skidmore’s I Leave You the Real World, both for solo percussion and electronics, as well Dave Maric’s Percussion Concerto for wind ensemble and electronics for Capital University’s 100th Year Anniversary Gala Concert.
Before I forget to announce it, I am now the newest member of the Orphic Quartet, a Central California-based percussion quartet that I had the pleasure to perform White Pines with in October. We have some wonderful shows coming up, including a tour of the Pacific Northwest in April 2019 and many more dates forthcoming.
I’ve also been starting several (too many!) commissioning projects for a variety of new works (in varying commissioning formats), including:
New piece for speaking/acting percussionist by Linda Kernohan, to be premiered during my Florida Tour in February 2019 (individual commission)
New piece for speaking/acting percussionist by Paul Pinto, to be premiered in July 2019 at the Space City New Music Festival in Houston, Texas (individual commission)
A collection of marimba solos by three Bay Area composers, for me, Michael Downing, and Colleen Bernstein (possible consortium commission, details TBA)
New piece for saxophone quartet and percussion duo, by a composer very versed in writing for both instruments (exclusive invite-only commission)
*Possible* new percussion concerto..
So many exciting things coming up, and so little time to learn all of this wonderful music (including a brand new recital program for this spring). Also, I can’t wait to see everyone at PASIC in just ten short days—come say hi!
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!
- November 4, 2018