Evelyn Glennie

Dame Evelyn Glennie, DBE ( born July 19, 1965 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland) is a British drummer and composer. She is a world-renowned interpreter of contemporary music.

Life and work

Evelyn Glennie grew up on her parents' farm in Aberdeenshire and began the age of twelve, to play timpani, drums and xylophone. Due to a nerve disease her hearing deteriorated at the same time so strong that few years later they had only one hearing of 20%. Sounds and music it now plays mainly true about vibrations.

She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, piano and drums.

Concert tours have lead to Japan, Europe and often in the United States. It occurs with the major orchestras in the world, with the most important contemporary music ensembles and gives numerous solo concerts, including several times at the popular Proms in London. In addition to over 100 concerts a year, they will hold master classes and occurs in schools. Glennie was in composers over 50 concerts, 18 concert pieces, 56 solo pieces and two ensemble works in order, with which it is constantly expanding their repertoire. For crossover projects they worked with musicians of different styles from around the world, including with Brazilian samba musicians, Japanese Kodo drummers, Indonesian gamelan ensembles and the Icelandic singer Björk. Glennie himself plays the Great Highland Bagpipes their native Scotland.

In her studio north of London, she experimented with unusual musical instruments and the suitability of everyday objects as percussion instrument. It has over 1,800 percussion instruments ( quote: " Each drum has its own personality "). She played in January 2006 to one of Europe's oldest lithopone, the Musical Stones of Skiddaw, as part of a BBC radio show.

In 2012 she had a major presence at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Summer Games in 2012. Entitled " The Isles of Wonder " was shown in a nearly four -hour show the development of Britain from an agrarian country about the industrial revolution to the present day and its present role as a cultural nation. Under the leadership of Evelyn Glennie thousand drummers accompanied the transformation with the title " And I Will Kiss". Another highlight of the evening, the lighting of the Olympic flame she painted with other musicians with the play " Caliban 's Dream " by the band Underworld. The song was subsequently released and reached number 12 in the UK charts.

From 1994 to 2003 she was married to the composer, sound engineer and tuba player Greg Malcangi.

Her autobiography Good Vibrations (1990 ) became a bestseller. Also in the documentary Touch the Sound ( Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer ) of 2004, she introduced herself and her music. For numerous television productions of the BBC she composed film music.

In addition to her musical career, she has the photo agency EC Images, the jewelery label EC Jewellery with his own designs, a merchandising company EG merchandising and the company EC 21st Guidance for which they give motivational talks to companies and public events. Volunteering she has worked for nonprofit organizations for the deaf, people with disabilities and young musicians. As an avid motorcyclist it has also been used for more public parking for motorcycles.


For the recording of the " Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion " by Béla Bartók, she won a Grammy in 1988. 2002 won album Perpetual Motion Béla spot on which she was involved, also a Grammy.

Glennie was awarded 15 honorary doctorates from British universities. She was awarded the Order " Officer of the Order of the British Empire" ( OBE) and raised in 2007 as "Lady Commander of the Order of the British Empire" (DBE ) in the British peerage in 1993.



  • Béla Bartók: Sonata for 2 Pianos and Percussion, with Murray Perahia, Georg Solti, and others, 1988 ( Grammy 1998)
  • Rebounds - Concertos for Percussion, 1992, concerts, among others, Darius Milhaud, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Paul Daniel
  • Wind in the Bamboo Grove, 1995, by Keiko Abe, Akiro Yuama among others
  • Drumming, 1996
  • Music of Joseph Schwantner, 1997, Vernon E. Jordan, and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Slatkin
  • Reflected in Brass, 1998
  • Evelyn Glennie meets the Black Dyke Band - Reflected in Brass, 1998, James Watson and the Black Dyke Mills Band ( nominated for a Grammy in 1998)
  • Her Greatest Hits (2 CDs ), 1998
  • The King's Singers: Street Songs, 1998
  • Shadow Behind the Iron Sun, 2000
  • UFO. The Music of Michael Daugherty, 2001
  • Heath: African Sunrise / Manhattan Rave, 2001
  • Orange Red, 2001
  • Bela Fleck: Perpetual Motion, 2001 ( Grammy 2002)
  • Light in Darkness, with Philip Smith
  • Rhythm Song, with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth
  • Evelyn Glennie à Luxembourg, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, conducted by Bramwell Tovey ( DVD) ( 2004)
  • Erkki -Sven Tüür: magma, 2007