Speak Percussion

Artistic Director

Eugene Ughetti

Artistic Director

Eugene Ughetti

Eugene Ughetti is a percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion. From solo experimental works through to large scale collaborations, Eugene is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects.

He has worked with some of the world’s guiding lights in new music including Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich and John Zorn.

“Off on another challenging acoustic adventure, Melbourne percussionist Eugene Ughetti is currently showing why he is one of this country’s most talented artists in the field of advanced contemporary music.” The Age

Eugene has given international solo performances at MaerzMusik (Berlin), Roulette (New York), Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), SIPFest (Jakarta), National Museum (Singapore) and was concerto soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.

Eugene has worked with most of Australia’s leading new music ensembles including conducting ELISION in the world premiere of Richard Barrett’s CONSTRUCTION in the 2011 Huddersfield Festival.He has worked with some of the world’s finest composers including Steve Reich, Liza Lim, Pierre Boulez and with conductors Valery Gergiev, James Levine and Charles Dutoit.

He has composed works for The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ABC and Bionics Institute. His works have been performed internationally and broadcast nationally.

He won the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2012), MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music (2011) and various Art Music Awards for his work with Speak Percussion including Excellence in Experimental Music (2016).


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