Speak Percussion, Artistic Director, Instrument creator and experimentalist.
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.
Eugene has lectured and hosted [music] master classes 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.
Eugene has taught the following Design studios at RMIT University.