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Gordon Hughes : Associate Artist

Hughes desires above all else for musicians to do what they do best - engage audiences, inspire emotions and convey listeners away from the commonplace.

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Born in Rockhampton, Queensland in 1975, Gordon Hughes is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, having completed his studies in 1996. Prior to successfully graduating from the Conservatorium in 1996, Hughes received numerous awards in addition to becoming the first person in Australia to receive a Licentiate degree in percussion performance from Trinity College, London. In 1999 he was nominated for the prestigious Young Australian of the Year for his career achievement.

Hughes now has more than a decade of freelance work behind him working with numerous groups including The Queensland Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic and Musica Viva. His touring schedule has seen him perform at most major Australian concert halls and complete international tours including two memorable seasons at the Barbican Centre, London.

Alongside an active performing and conducting schedule, Hughes is the managing director of Rhythmscape Publishing Australia, a business concept he devised in 1996. The business model for Rhythmscape was selected as one of the prize winners for Operation Livewire 1997, a national business concept development competition sponsored by Shell Australia and Rotary International.

After successfully trade launching at JourneƩs de la Percussion 2002, Conservatoire SupƩrieur de Paris, Rhythmscape Publishing has become the leading percussion publisher in Australia and a readily recognised brand in all major international markets. Rhythmscape sponsors a number o f major events each year and in 2005 completed the REVOLUTIONS project, the single largest percussion recording venture ever produced in Australia. The REVOLUTIONS CD received a nomination for the Australian Music Prize 2005.

Presently, Hughes is a very active educator and is in demand as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator. His teaching schedule sees him directing leading percussion programs at secondary level and tertiary level as a member of the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University Sessional Staff. As a composer, his works have been performed throughout Australia, the UK and the USA to critical acclaim with his success being recognised with acceptance as an associate composer to the Australian Music Centre. Since 2004, Hughes has been on the organising board of the Big Percussion Day Out Festival and has recently accepted an advisory position with the Australian Business Arts Foundation's (ABAF) adviceBank initiative. In 2006 Gordon was appointed to the Australia Council's Register of Peers.

Gordon Hughes — current to May 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Associative grooves : solo drum kit (2005) Commissioned for Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, 2005