Hamish Upton is a percussionist in demand as a collaborator, champion of contemporary music, and educator. As an artist he is passionate about the intersection between musician and machine, with a Masters of Music research from Griffith University focusing on the use of laptop-based sound technology as an enhancement to solo percussion performance. He studied at ANAM where he won multiple awards for his curation and performance of contemporary art music, and was supported with full tuition and board to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore between 2009 and 2013. Hamish was a performer in Kate Neal’s APRA award winning interdisciplinary work Semaphore.
He has worked with leading contemporary music groups including: Ensemble Offspring, Speak Percussion, the BOLT ensemble and Elision, and was a performer at BIFEM in 2016 and 2017. Hamish is a co-founder of Ossicle Duo, with trombonist Benjamin Anderson, and ROTOR ASSEMBLY, a percussion, electronics and voice duo with James Hullick. He performs and co-directs musical engagement and collaborative projects with Ad Lib Collective, and teaches percussion at Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne.