As a young emerging soloist, Toronto-based percussionist Britton-René Collins finds passion in the art of contemporary percussion performance. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition New York, Britton-René has dedicated her artistry to shaping a more diverse and inclusive community for all musicians to thrive in equally. She recently launched a blog, in which she discusses her experiences in facing various challenges as a minority musician.
Her solo music career spans across international stages and she is constantly broadening her knowledge and skills throughout a vast pool of contrasting music genres, which she believes enhances her musicianship and performance techniques. Her experience includes studies of classical, contemporary, world, and new music.
Stemming from a background in classical training, Britton-René enjoys arranging classical works for solo marimba and small instrumental ensembles. She 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.
Through a combination of spoken word and non-traditional percussion instrumentation, her compositions address various socio-political topics that are both relevant and insufficiently discussed in modern society.
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 pursuing her Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (2017-2021) under the tutelage of Aiyun Huang, Beverley Johnston, and John Rudolph.
Most recent highlights include attending the soundSCAPE new music composition and performance exchange in Italy, receiving an Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, and being selected to appear as a soloist in upcoming concerto performances with symphony orchestras in the United States and Canada.