In 2016 Melbourne Youth Orchestras will be hosting a Masterclass Series, comprising of four Masterclasses, each focusing on different instruments and rehearsal techniques, presented at different venues around Victoria.
The second Masterclass of 2016 focused on Percussion and was held at The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne featuring percussionist, Eugene Ughetti. In this Masterclass, four percussion students workshopped their chosen piece with Eugene and received advice and personalised feedback. Eugene guided students through key aspects of instrumental performance, in front of a live audience – both in person and online. Both live and online audiences had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Eugene on any aspects of percussion performance.
Date: Sunday 29 May 2016, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: School of Music, The Victorian College of the Arts, 234 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Eugene Ughetti is a percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion. His work focuses on new chamber music and hybrid-arts collaboration. Eugene has instigated numerous International arts projects involving collaborations, commissions and the development of Australian music.
“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.”
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 and 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 Bionic Ear Institute. His works have been performed internationally and broadcast nationally. He has been a soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
Eugene lectures at Melbourne University, the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash University and the Australian National Academy of Music in percussion, composition or chamber ensemble practice. He has been twice a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Music in both the Outstanding Musician Award and the Development Award. His work AUTOMATION won Best Music Award in the 2012 Melbourne Fringe Festival. He is the winner of the inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music (2011) and the OZCO Creative Fellowship – early career.