Hughes, Gordon

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Born: 1975

Country: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia




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

Alongside an active performing and conducting schedule that has seen him perform in all major Australian concert halls, Gordon is the founder and managing director of Rhythmscape Publishing Australia. The business model for Rhythmscape Publishing was selected as one of the prize winners for Operation Livewire, a national business concept development competition sponsored by Shell Australia and Rotary International.

After successfully launching Rhythmscape Publishing at Journees de la Percussion 2002, Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, the business has become the leading percussion publisher in the Asia Pacific region and a highly respected brand in all major international markets. Rhythmscape sponsors a number of major events each year, working to encourage youth participation in the arts, including the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod and the Big Percussion Day Out. In 2005 Gordon conceived and completed the REVOLUTIONS CD project; to date the single largest percussion recording venture ever undertaken in Australia. The REVOLUTIONS CD project received a nomination for the Australian Music Prize 2005 and was followed up in 2011 with the SHIFT CD-DVD project.

Presently, Gordon is a very active educator and is in demand as a conductor, lecturer and adjudicator. His teaching schedule sees him directing leading music education programs at secondary level and he works at tertiary level as a member of the Queensland Conservatorium sessional staff. Gordon is also a member of the APRA award-winning team of the Sunwater and Stanwell Winter Music School team.

As a composer, Gordon’s works have been performed throughout Australia, the UK and the USA to critical acclaim. Alongside being awarded numerous commissions, his success as a composer was recognized with acceptance as the youngest individual to be elected as an associate composer to the Australian Music Centre. In 2006, Gordon was appointed to the Australia Council's Register of Peers and has accepted an advisory position with the Australian Business Arts Foundation's adviceBank initiative. With more than a decade's business experience now behind him, Gordon has recently completed a Masters degree in business administration specialising in sustainable enterprise with the Griffith Business School . In 2013, Gordon was honoured to be selected as part of the Young Global Leaders Class of 2013.

Works for Percussion

Vibraphone Solo

The Cooper Construction

Drum Kit Solo

Associative Grooves
Carter's Dream for Solo Drum Kit and Backing Track
Eight Pieces for Drum Kit and Piano
Three Red for Solo Drum Kit

Percussion Ensemble

Bang (Volume 3) - Percussion Quartet
Bang (Volume 4) - Percussion Quartet
SEVEN - Percussion 12
Elysium (Hughes) - Percussion Sextet
FIRE - Percussion Quartet
First Transformation - Percussion Septet
Four Trios for Untuned Percussion - Percussion Trio
FUSE - Percussion Quartet
Midnight for Percussion Ensemble - Percussion Octet
Nimrod from the Enigma Variations - Percussion Sextet
Skye Dance - Percussion Sextet
Symphony of Palms - Percussion Septet
Reflex - Fanfare Prelude - Mallet Trio
Urban Phase - Percussion Septet