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Performer Spotlight: Dame Evelyn Glennie

Oct 12th, 2009


DAME EVELYN GLENNIE has been a long-time supporter of Promethean Editions? composers. As the first person to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, Glennie was an early promoter of the composers? extensive list of percussion works. As well as introducing works such as Psathas? Drum Dances and Matre?s Dance to her regular repertoire, she has premiered works for solo percussion and orchestra, such as Farr?s Hikoi (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra), Psathas? View from Olympus (Hall? Orchestra) and Percussion Concerto. Most recently, she performed Christos Hatzis? Tongues of Fire with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In September 2009, Glennie will add another major work from a Promethean composer to her repertoire when she premieres Hatzis? new concerto for percussion and orchestra, Mirage? with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Winnipeg, Canada.

Glennie writes, ?Over the years it has been a terrific experience for me to collaborate with composers from New Zealand. They all have their own distinctive voices and approaches, all extremely exciting and all deserve worldwide recognition. Thanks to the internet and the dedicated support from Promethean Editions people from all over the world are able to tap into the exciting talent that NZ is producing including other non national composers that are supported through Promethean.

?The percussion concerti I have been involved with by John Psathas, Gareth Farr and Christos Hatzis have all been extremely worthwhile additions to the percussion repertoire. The impact these pieces have had on not only myself but many other percussionists, orchestras, conductors and audiences has been extensive which is why we return to these composers asking them to write more and more for our medium!

?I have really adored how Christos, John and Gareth have totally embraced and understood the participation of the audience ? they have understood the need to deliver something memorable, exciting, intriguing, thought-provoking. Their music has no boundaries and one cannot easily categorize their styles or voices which is why they seem to strike at the heart of all people.?

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