Speak Percussion

Artistic Director

Eugene Ughetti

Artistic Director

Eugene Ughetti

“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 (30 Jan, 2008)

Eugene Ughetti instigates arts projects that impact on contemporary culture and presents work that stimulates our consciousness. He is a percussionist, composer, conductor and is currently the artistic director of Speak Percussion. His professional experience is diverse but his particular focus is new chamber music and hybrid-arts collaboration.

Eugene regularly performs throughout Europe, Asia, North America and Australia with a wide variety of artists and in many contexts. He has appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony, the Victorian College of the Arts Orchestras and the Australian Ballet in a composition he also composed. In 1998 he was an ABC Young Composer and ABC Young Artist.

Eugene has instigated numerous International arts projects involving Australian chamber music, cross-arts collaboration, commissioning International artists and taking other Australian artists overseas. He has commissioned over 70 new compositions and has undertaken professional collaborations with choreographers, animators, dancers, installation artists, actors, instrument builders, artistic director’s and has commissioned over forty new solo and ensemble works. This experience includes solo and group work in premiere arts festivals, educational residencies and independent projects.

Eugene founded, with glass artist Elaine Miles, The Glass Percussion Project. This project was launched in Melbourne in 2006, it received it’s international debut in New York in early 2007 and was the focus of a full episode of an ABC “Artists at Work” documentary screened on Australian national television.

He has worked under conductors Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Peter Eötvös, James Levine, Stephan Asbury, Valery Gergiev, Neemi Järvi, Franck Ollu, Markus Stenz, Denis Cohen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Martyn Brabbins, Yuri Temirkanov and Jean Deroyer.

His engagements with Australian new music ensembles and arts organisations include ELISION, the Australian Art Orchestra, Libra, the David Chesworth Ensemble, Astra, Synergy, Aphids, Ensemble Offspring and Chamber Made Opera.

As a conductor Eugene has worked with ELISION, Speak Percussion and Quiver. In the 2011 Huddersfield Festival he will conduct ELISION in the world premiere of Richard Barrett’s two-hour-long CONSTRUCTION.

Eugene’s compositions have been presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Ballet, Speak Percussion and JACK Productions.

Eugene has lectured and hosted masterclasses throughout the world, he is currently a sessional staff member at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne) and is an academic lecturer at Monash University.


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