"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
WHEW! What a season. I’ve just returned from a residency in Indiana, which led straight to a 10-day tour of California and Oregon with Orphic Percussion. All of my solo and quartet performances have just about wrapped up, and I’m looking forward to several weeks of laid back orchestral work—freeing up lots of time to learn new music, take a few small (needed) vacations, and finalize bookings for next season. I’ll also be revamping several things: this website, my bio, press kit, and various other marketing documents.
Speaking of next season, there are so many exciting things in store! Some things I can say, and some I cannot (check my schedule if you’re curious..), but I should mention that I’ll be making my concerto debut with at least three ensembles across the US, including a few performances of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto, and one performance of Emmanuel Séjourné’s newly updated Sejourne Marimba Concerto. Dave Maric’s Spiel, which I premiered last month (an audience favorite, video forthcoming), might also make another appearance…
In addition, I will be debuting two new solo programs: one containing all music for speaking/acting percussionist (title TBD), and ELISION, my electroacoustic solo show consisting entirely of brand new commissions. ELISION will premiere at the Rochester Fringe Festival in September, and the percussion theatre program will be appearing in January 2020, on the New Music at Short North Stage Series funded by the Johnstone Fund for New Music.
Next season, Orphic Percussion will be making an appearance on the Old First Series in San Francisco, as well as shipping off to Germany to perform as a featured ensemble at the 2019 Day of Percussion in Nuremberg. We are continuing to work on additional dates—possibly some in Spain and California—so stay tuned!
If you’re interested in booking me for a performance, master class, or as a judge, please reach out HERE.
New projects on the horizon include a new work for soloist and percussion ensemble by Ivan Trevino (unannounced, but details are coming!), as well as a new percussion concerto by Adam Roberts for an April 2021 premiere with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra.
And finally, I’m wrapping up commissioning projects by a variety of exceptional composers:
New marimba solo with electronics by Emmanuel Séjourné
New piece for speaking/acting percussionist by Linda Kernohan
New piece for speaking/acting percussionist with electronics by Paul Pinto
New snare drum solo with electronics by Dr. Vera Stanojevic
Thanks for reading, and before I sign off, here is my most recent video release—Jennifer Higdon's critically acclaimed Percussion Concerto—with the Eastman Wind Ensemble! As usual, I owe you all the biggest THANK YOU for all of your support.
- April 28, 2019