Photo by Anthony Chung.

Photo by Anthony Chung.

Darren Creech's Queer Resilience

RESILIENCE is, technically, a solo piano recital—but it’s also far more than that. Drawing on his multidisciplinary practice, Creech incorporates costumes, glitter, narration, lighting and stage design into his performance, with the aim of introducing elements of queerness and theatricality to the classical stage.  

For Creech, the crux of the show lies in how it challenges audiences’ assumptions about what classical music stands for, and opens the door for performers and audiences who otherwise might not see themselves represented onstage.

September 2017

Photo by Richard Rhyme.

Photo by Richard Rhyme.

Canadian Mennonite: "Breathing New Live Into the Music"

"When a Toronto-based LGBTQ orchestra approached queer classical pianist Darren Creech about performing Victor Davies’ 'Mennonite Piano Concerto' with it in concert, it didn’t realize what a perfect fit he would be.
Unbeknownst to the Counterpoint Community Orchestra at the time, Creech is Mennonite and he grew up listening to the piece. Victor Davies says, 'He’s a terrific young guy . . . and he’s a wonderful pianist. We’re very delighted that he’s playing it.'"

May 2017

Photo by Adam Moco.

Photo by Adam Moco.

CBC Music: "Live Webcast: watch Darren Creech play McGill"

"For his keynote performance, Creech will give a narrative solo recital combining recorded program notes, lighting, stage design and 'subversive fashion.' 
'My approach not only gives me more to say as an artist, but it helps the audience connect to the music and the story I'm telling in a way that is rare to find in solo piano recitals,' he says. Look forward to tightly timed costume changes and audio-visual effects that recontextualize the repertoire."

March 2017

Photo by Alistair Newton

Photo by Alistair Newton

Musical Toronto: "Pondering the Direction of Canadian Classical Music"

"Darren actively challenges stodgy conventions of classical music performance, compelling audiences to think outside the box. These performances are tour-de-forces, propelled by a powerful narrative which puts audiences in touch with their emotional and spiritual cores." 

February 2017

Photo by Chloe Squance.

Photo by Chloe Squance.

Laurier Alumni: "Darren Creech (BMus '12) is redefining the classical concert stage"

"For Darren, reimagining the way classical music is presented is about building a deeper connection with his audiences. He combines storytelling, fashion and staging to lead the audience on an emotional journey."

December 2016

Photo by Anthony Chung.

Photo by Anthony Chung.

CBC Music: "Pianist Darren Creech 'queers the classical stage' to honour Orlando shooting victims"

"Creech's Nuit Rose concert shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage. 'The established concert format has unwritten prescribed rules as to what is acceptable to wear and do onstage,' he observes. 'I see it as a rather conservative approach, and would like to see greater diversity and meaning in how we communicate with the audience based on how we present onstage.'"

June 2016

Photo by Bailey Northcott.

Photo by Bailey Northcott.

Nuit Rose: 2016 Best Artist Prize

"The Throbbing Rose Collective is very proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Nuit Rose Best Artist Prize, Darren Creech. Darren participated in Nuit Rose with a stunning piano recital, titled Resilience and played on a Steinway grand piano in studio 106 of the 519 Church St. Community Centre. The exciting performance was both unexpected and unforgettable to those who had the opportunity to witness it."

October 2016

Photo by Chloe Squance.

Photo by Chloe Squance.

Photo by Anthony Chung.

Photo by Anthony Chung.

Musical Toronto: "Familiarity breeds content and finer performances in new music and old"

"The pianist is Darren Creech, in his graduation recital at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo last May. The piece is Seven River-Views — I. The Vistula at Night: Reflections; II. The White Fog and a Red Sun; III. A Dragonfly’s Serenade to the Moon; IV. Amongst Rocks; V. Game of Light and Shadow on the Water Surface; VI. Bright Waves; VII. After the Rainfall — so old-fashionedly programmatic, yet sounding remarkably fresh and enticing."

May 2013