The Percussion Collective
Formed in 2018 by Robert van Sice, The Percussion Collective transcends the medium of percussion through uncommon performance experiences that surprise and engage audiences at a profound emotional level. The hallmarks of van Sice’s musical approach — precise execution, sonic refinement, and dynamic onstage communication — are on display in each concert program. Drawing from an incomparably rich pool of talent, The Percussion Collective flexes in size offering exquisitely curated programs for an array of venues and settings.
The Collective’s 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 maestro 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.
At the pinnacle of his legendary career, performer and educator van Sice has assembled a stunning collection of young artists who are reinventing the concert experience. 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 represent the leading edge of innovation in concert conception and performance.