The pinnacle of his legendary career, performer, and pedagogue Robert van Sice has assembled a stunning collection of young artists who are reinventing the concert experience. The Percussion Collective transcends the medium of percussion through uncommon performance experiences that surprise and engages audiences at a profound emotional level. The hallmarks of van Sice’s musical approach—precise execution, sonic refinement, and dynamic onstage communication—are all on display in the most vivid manner to date. Drawing from an incomparably rich bouquet of talent, The Percussion Collective flexes in size offering exquisitely curated programs for an array of venues and settings.
“The extraordinary Percussion Collective…brought the audience a level of artistry, beauty, and insight more commonly found in great string quartets.” – Beijing Morning Post
Their inaugural season included concerts throughout the United States and a tour to China featuring performances of Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne in Shanghai Symphony Hall, the stunning Jiangsu Grand Theatre in Nanjing, and the exquisite Temple in Beijing. The tour was received with resounding critical acclaim. A performance with the Oregon Symphony and Carlos Kalmar saw The Percussion Collective’s first orchestral showcase with the world premiere of the Christopher Theofanidis percussion concerto, Drum Circles. In this piece, four members of The Percussion Collective and the orchestra’s own percussion section surround the orchestra in a circle, creating an extraordinary spatial and theatrical effect.
The Percussion Collective’s 2019-2020 included performances of Drum Circles with The Aspen Festival Orchestra and Michael Stern, The Hartford Symphony led by Carolyn Kuan The Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall, and the Colorado Symphony with Bret Mitchell.
“The four percussionists worked together so seamlessly that they almost seemed to share kind of psychic connection. Hearing (and seeing) them perform was a pure joy.” – Hartford Courant
In the fall of 2019, the orchestrated version of Seaborne saw its premiere in two highly lauded performances with maestro Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra.
The roster of The Percussion Collective includes some of the world’s most esteemed and dynamic young voices in the art form. They are drawn from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble as well as faculty members from universities such as Miami’s Frost School of Music, Michigan State University, the University of Massachusetts, Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music, and the University of Kansas. Featuring players from Europe, Asia, and the US, this new generation of virtuosi represents the leading edge of innovation in concert conception and performance.
"The extraordinary Percussion Collective... brought the audience a level of artistry, beauty, and insight more commonly found in great string quartets."
"This was truly masterful performing, and it is a lesson it getting capacity crowds to contemporary music performances."