Percussionist Britton-René Collins finds passion in the art of contemporary percussion performance. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, Britton-René has dedicated her artistry to shaping a more equitable community for all musicians to thrive in equally. She was awarded the Ambassador Prize for exceptional musicianship and demonstrating an active commitment to creating social change through her music. She recently launched a blog where she discourses her experiences in facing various challenges as a minority musician.
Britton-René actively expands her knowledge and skills in a vast pool of contrasting genres, which she believes enhances her musicianship and performance techniques. Her experience includes studies of classical, contemporary, global, and new music. She founded Vision Duet with violinist and collaborator Ariel Horowitz, and together they incorporate multidisciplinary elements of modern performance into the classical music scene. Other collaborators include Modern Marimba, Spectrum Ensemble, Prism Percussion, Steph Davis, and Erin Fung.
As an Orchestra US fellow, Britton-René strives to bring accessible music to underserved communities. Britton-René is also passionate about contributing to the growth of modern percussion repertoire, and her current projects include composing and commissioning new works for multi-percussion and marimba.
Born in the United States, Britton-René began her instrumental training at the age of five. She has since received several scholarship awards and is currently completing her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2017-2021) under the tutelage of Aiyun Huang, Beverley Johnston, and John Rudolph. As an artist, Britton-René proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Marimba One instruments.
Recent highlights include attending the soundSCAPE new music composition and performance exchange in Cesena, Italy, winning the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, and being invited to appear as a concerto soloist in upcoming performances with orchestras in the United States and Canada, including Grammy Award-winning, New York City-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.