The indomitable, trailblazing Scottish percussionist is headed to Mona’s Mofo in January.

Evelyn Glennieperforms at Mofo, Mona’s Festival of Music and Art in Hobart, January 17 2016.

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It’s difficult to pick just one reason Evelyn Glennie is such an astonishing trailblazer. Not only is she considered one of the most in-demand and internationally respected percussionists in the world – a discipline that has traditionally been dominated by men – but she has also joined that rare handful of classical artists who can genuinely be regarded as a household name.

Her pioneering successes are more than just a triumph for gender equality. Before Glennie, the notion of a professional solo classical percussionist – male or female – was unheard of. Since the mid-1970s, she has paved the way not only for countless other percussion virtuosos but also a generation of composers enlightened to the possibilities of writing for percussion through her groundbreaking performances. Over 170 new percussion works have been penned especially for Glennie, including James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which she premiered...