Text by Alejandro Vinao
The first time I worked with Robert van Sice and his students was at Yale in 2006. I was hugely impressed by their technical ability which was in a league of its own and also by their musicianship and their commitment. Equally important for me; it was a great deal of fun to hear them play my music. Some of his students have now become teachers themselves as well as 1st class professional performers. And now we have this outstanding ensemble, The Percussion Collective, which draws its players from a pool of virtuosic musicians who throughout the years have emerged from Bob’s class. To create this ensemble is a remarkable achievement that set the bar ever so high. They make the performance of highly complex music look effortless and easy. A joy to watch.