Hamish’s love of percussion began with a performance of George Crumb’s Music of the Starry Night from Music for a Summer Evening, a two piano and percussion Chamber work which drew him in with its multi-instrumental texture and timeless ability to transport him into an intergalactic sound world.
He is the 2016 recipient of the Brett and Paul Dean award for best performance of an Australian work, and the 2015 St Silas Achievement award at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). He is a 2017 Australia Council for the Arts development grant recipient, receiving support to be mentored with leading composer and sound-artist James Hullick in the creation of sound-art duo ROTOR ASSEMBLY.
Hamish has performed and collaborated with James Hullick, Speak Percussion, and Ensemble Offspring. He is a member of Bricolage Collective, a new Australian contemporary ensemble founded by ANAM colleague Kaylie Melville and Sydney-based percussionist Rebecca Lloyd-Jones. He has also guest performed with the Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras.
Hamish is also a passionate educator. Most recently, he has worked alongside Thea Rossen in Ad Lib Collective with secondary college students to curate a percussion ensemble performance as part of the opening of the 2017 Castlemaine State Festival, as well as tutoring at the Melbourne Youth Orchestras summer camp.
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.