An innovative artist, queer classical pianist Darren Creech “shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage” (CBC Music), and his playing has been heralded as “remarkably fresh and enticing” (Musical Toronto) and “full of ease, very convincing” (Yannick Nézet-Séguin). Engaging his audience through a unique blend of queer storytelling, fabulous fashion, and glittery hair, his solo show RESILIENCE garnered him the Best Artist Prize at Toronto’s Nuit Rose 2016, and was described as “both unexpected and unforgettable” (Throbbing Rose Collective).
At ease both in and out of classical institutions, Darren has performed in recital at the Canadian Music Centre as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, and Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto sponsored his award-winning performance at the queer art festival Nuit Rose. Having toured across the country with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he has also performed at the Orford Arts Centre and the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab. He frequently collaborates with innovative composers, having premièred works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Norbert Palej and James O’Callaghan. Passionate about outreach and social justice, Darren regularly discusses his political perspectives on discussion panels and at a variety of educational institutions. Darren was a two-time finalist in CBC's national Piano Hero competition, and his playing has been broadcast on Ici Musique and CBC Radio.
In the 2016-2017 season, Darren performed in Toronto's Nuit Blanche for a second time, collaborating with renowned visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying “Waiting,” a film installation with a live piano score, and participated in FAWN Chamber Creative’s collaborative workshop for “Synesthesia IV” as pianist and co-creator of three new opera-ballets. He was the Keynote Performer at McGill University’s Music Graduate Symposium, an international gathering of musicologists, and gave the world premiere of a piece for tenor and piano by Wally Gunn in New York City as part of Sparks & Wiry Cries’ songSLAM 2017. In June, he was a guest performer at the Toronto Creative Music Lab, and made his debut with the world's first queer orchestra, Toronto's own Counterpoint Community Orchestra, giving the Toronto première of Victor Davies’ celebrated “Mennonite Piano Concerto.”
Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, Darren draws on his cross-cultural background to inform his interdisciplinary and unconventional approach to the stage. He holds a Master of Music in piano performance from Université de Montréal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently lives in Toronto.