Percussionist Britton-René Collins has dedicated her artistry to shaping an equitable community for all musicians to thrive equally. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, she was awarded the Ambassador Prize for exceptional musicianship and demonstrating an active passion for creating social change through her music.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Britton-René has performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has made several concerto appearances, including the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony, and the Meridian Symphony. She finds inspiration through collaborating and founded Vision Duet with violinist Ariel Horowitz. Other collaborators include Modern Marimba, Spectrum Ensemble, Prism Percussion, and Steph Davis.
Britton-René is also passionate about expanding modern percussion repertoire. As a composer and advocate for new music, her current projects involve premiering new compositions and commissions for multi-percussion and marimba, including during her debut PASIC Artist appearance at the 2021 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Recent highlights include attending the soundSCAPE new music composition and performance exchange in Cesena, Italy, and participating in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Evolution: Classical program. As an artist, Britton-René proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Marimba One instruments.
Born in the United States, Britton-René began playing the piano at the age of five. She discovered percussion at eight years old when she became intrigued by the drum set. She quickly fell in love with playing rock, jazz, and pop music on the drum set, which ignited her enthusiasm to learn various percussion instruments and styles of music. She received her B.M. at the University of Toronto with Aiyun Huang, Beverley Johnston, and John Rudolph, where she won the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. She is currently pursuing her M.M. with Doug Perkins, Ian Antonio, Tom Sherwood, and Jeremy Epp at the University of Michigan.