Gordon Hamilton

As a composer, several recent works by Gordon Hamilton subvert expectations of the orchestra. He conducted his 2015 beatbox concerto 'Thum Prints' at the 2016 BBC Proms AU with beatboxer Tom Thum and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO). In his '482 Variations on a Very Short Theme' (2016) a brief Beatles recording plays; the orchestra latches onto three notes, spinning them out into 482 (extremely short!) micro variations. In 'Action Hero' (commissioned by WDR Funkhausorchester Köln) an Arnold Schwarzenegger speech plays through a speaker while the orchestra plays along. In 2018 he won accolades for 'Macquarie', an orchestral-hiphop collaboration with rapper-poet Luka Lesson which interrogates the legacy of the famous Scottish Major General Lachlan Macquarie. Recently Gordon traveled to Antarctica to compose ‘Far South’, a symphony to be premiered jointly by Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and the London Mozart Players.

In recent seasons Gordon has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, WDR Funkhausorchester (Cologne) and the St. Christofer Chamber Orchestra (Lithuania). In 2018-19, Gordon will conduct the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Konstanz),  Nürnberger Symphoniker and the Malaysian Philharmonic. Gordon has arranged and conducted several crossover projects, including with Australian Hiphop duo Horrorshow and Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco.

After freelancing for five years in Germany, Gordon took over in 2009 as Artistic Director of one of Australia’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Australian Voices (TAV). Gordon has led TAV in its mission of commissioning innovative new music by Australian composers. They have released albums with Warner Classics (2013) and ABC Classics (2016) as well as a songbook with Edition Peters (2013). Gordon's choral opera 'MOON' (2011) toured with TAV to Australia, Germany and to the Edinburgh Fringe.

Originally from Newcastle, Gordon studied at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium (2000-4) under esteemed composer Nigel Butterley. He is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.

Gordon Hamilton beim Beethovenfest






8:00 pm

‘Beat Machines’

  • Tom Thum Beatboxing
  • Gordon Hamilton Composition, Conductor
  • Koka Nikoladze Composition, Beatmachines
  • PODIUM Strings
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