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Eugene Ughetti

Eugene Ughetti
Eugene Ughetti

Eugene Ughetti is a Melbourne based percussionist, composer and conductor. He has studied with significant artists from most continents and completed an Honors degree in Classical Percussion at the Victorian College of the Arts. His professional experience is diverse but his particular passion is for new music and hybrid-arts collaboration.

Eugene has been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Symphonia, Geminiani Orchestra, UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and is a casual Percussionist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has been a percussionist at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan from 2000, and last returned by invitation in 2002. He has worked under conductors Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Stephan Asbury, Sergei Gergiev, Neemi Jarvi, Franck Ollu, Markus Stenz, Denis Cohen and Yuri Temirkanov.

Eugene has toured throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He has appeared as a soloist with both the Melbourne Symphony and Victorian College of the Arts Orchestras. In 1998 he was an ABC Young Composer and ABC Young Artist.

Eugene has undertaken professional collaborations with choreographers, animators, dancers, installation artists, actors, artistic directors and has commissioned many new solo and ensemble works. This experience includes work in various premiere Arts Festivals, educational residencies and independent projects.

His engagements with new music ensembles include Libra, Elision and Music Genome Project. Eugene will participated in the Lucerne Festival working under Pierre Boulez and performing with Ensemble Intercontemporain as a Lucerne Festival Academy member.

Eugene is currently realizing a hybrid-arts solo project for the 2005 Big West Festival presented by Speak Percussion entitled Raising the Rattle. New solo percussion compositions by Chris Dench, Dal Babare, David Young and Anthony Pateras and the Oribotics installation by Matt Gardiner will culminate in this performance.

Eugene is a founding member and artist director of Speak Percussion and is a sessional staff member at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and conducts their Percussion Ensemble.