"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.
The 2018-2019 season is now in full swing, which means heaps of administrative/logistics work, late nights with little sleep, and slews of rewarding concerts. Oh, and a little bit of practice, whenever there’s time! I’m looking forward to continuing on with a great variety of concerts, recitals, and clinics, particularly the ones that take me out to California next month and Florida in February (cue sunglasses & palm tree emojis).
With that said, it’s been a great few months. May and June were a time of transition, moving from Rochester to Columbus, taking time off, and playing some fun concerts with the Columbus Symphony. July saw the debut of the Leach|Peters Duo, a percussion duo with my great friend Kyle Peters, on the Eastman Summer Concert Series. August was mostly dedicated to teaching, but wrapped up with an unbelievable trip to China to perform for the Percussion Festival at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.
In other news, I am now teaching as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Kent State University, an unexpected twist of fate that has been unbelievably fun and rewarding.
And finally, even though I’ve mentioned this before, I am very honored to be an artist with Black Swamp Percussion, Beetle Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Malletech, all developments which occurred this summer.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you this season at one of my concerts! Next up, before I sign off, is my newest 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!
- September 23, 2018