Hamish Upton

Emerging from Australia’s vanguard of dynamic forward thinking young musicians, Hamish is a highly sought after contemporary percussionist focusing on collaborative chamber and duo repertoire. He is the 2015 winner of the St Silas Achievement award at ANAM, and the 2016 recipient of the Brett and Paul Dean award for best performance of an Australian work. 2017 has seen Hamish work with James Hullick to develop percussion, electronics and voice duo ROTOR ASSEMBLY, and co-found Ossicle Duo with Benjamin Anderson (Bass Trombone). Hamish has performed with the Bolt ensemble, at BIFEM with Elision Ensemble and with Mauricio Carrasco, and with Speak Percussion and Ensemble Offspring.

Hamish has completed three years at ANAM, and holds a Bachelor of Music (first-class honours) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with teacher Jonathan Fox. While at NUS, Hamish spent a semester on exchange at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore).  He has completed a Master of Music (Research) from Griffith University, exploring how the use of laptop-based sound technology can enhance solo percussion performance.



The Ad Lib Collective is a group of performers, composers and creators focused on connecting with audiences through chamber performance, concert curation and the creation of new Australian works. Founded by core members percussionist Thea Rossen and saxophonist Jesse Deane, the Collective is influenced by classical and contemporary music and regularly features cross genre collaborations.


Percussion and Bass Trombone Duo established in 2017. The first concert will happen in February 2018, click here to learn more.


ROTOR ASSEMBLY is a newly formed sound art and percussion ensemble by leading Australian sound artist Strange James aka James Hullick and emerging percussionist Hamish Upton. ROTOR ASSEMBLY takes chamber music discourse and translates it into a 21st century expression of urban density and mechanization primarily through primal and large-scale percussion instruments combined with immersive electronics.