18-23 July 2016


The 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering is a week-long event bringing together percussion students, educators, industry professionals, orchestra musicians, instrument makers and passionate audiences from around the country.
Presented by
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and directed by Assoc. Prof. Vanessa Tomlinson, the event will feature workshops, masterclasses, performances and concerts. It’s a chance to connect with other musicians and music lovers, learn new skills and see some of the world's leading percussionists in action.


... AND WELCOME  From Assoc. Prof. Vanessa Tomlinson, Artistic Director


                              "I am delighted to announce the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering, hosted by Queensland
                                     Conservatorium, Griffith University. The APG is a chance for students of all ages and experiences,
                                           professionals in all percussive fields and the wider community to gather together to hear what is
                                             happening in the world of percussion. In 2016 we welcome four leading percussion experts –
                                                Kuniko Kato (Japan/USA), Aiyun Huang (Taiwan/Canada), Michael Askill (Australia), and
                                                 Jean-Baptiste LeClère (France/Paris Opera Orchestra).

                                                 Alongside these outstanding musicians you will hear all the tertiary percussion ensembles from
                                               around Australia, and many of the leading professionals from around the country. You will have
                                            the chance to participate in the Research Symposium, enter the APG orchestral percussion
                                         competition, be part of the Gualda Xenakis All-star percussion sextet, shop for new percussion gear,
                                   join in massive community events, and make many new friends.
                            I look forward to meeting you all in Brisbane, July 18th, 2016."




Kuniko Kato


Aiyun Huang


Michael Askill


Jean-Baptiste Leclère


Kuniko is one of the most gifted and significant percussionists of her generation.  Her astonishing virtuosity, exquisite musical insight and expressive yet elegant performance style continues to attract not only audiences, but established conductors and composers such as Franco Donatoni, James Wood, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, Seiji Ozawa, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt and Unsuk Chin.

Aiyun Huang enjoys a musical life as soloist, chamber musician, researcher, teacher and producer. She was the First Prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2002. In 2012, Mode Records released Save Percussion Theater featuring Aiyun Huang and friends documenting important theatrical works in the percussion repertoire. She is Associate Professor in Percussion at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Michael Askill is a percussionist, composer, musical director, musical ambassador and educator - an icon of Australian music, known and admired for his enduring contribution to the Australian contemporary music landscape and his original blending of Asian and Western sounds.

Jean-Baptiste Leclère is currently 1st percussionist solo with the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris. He is the founding member and art director of the Paris Percussion Group and is a member of the Jatekok quartet. He also teaches in the conservatory of the 13th district of Paris, in the CESMD superior Poitou-Charentes and the Academy Eurocuivres.


Notes On Program Highlights


The Australian Percussion Gathering program will include an all-star tertiary percussion performance of Xenakis Pleiades under the baton of the phenomenal Michael Askill. Some rehearsals will be open, so everyone will get the chance to learn from Xenakis' percussionist first hand. There will be an Orchestral Percussion Accessories program with Jean-Baptiste LeClère. Taiwanese/Canadian Percussionist Aiyun Huang, winner of the Geneva Percussion Competition and one of the very best exponents of theatrical percussion will present workshops on Aperghis, Globokar, Sean Griffin and many more - incorporating voice, theatre and a huge array of percussive techniques into her classes. APG favourite Kuniko Kato returns from Japan, sharing her new marimba project - Bach and Arvo Part; her Xenakis project and Steve Reich.

In addition there are many other exciting activities - leading Australian ensembles Speak Percussion, Early Warning System and Sound Collectors will be performing; marimba virtuoso Rob Oetomo and percussion soloist Claire Edwardes will present; there will be talks from industry professionals and there will be a day of shopping, supported by some amazing companies and put together by Just Percussion's Tom O'Kelly.



The Australian Percussion Gathering presents a series of eight concert events showcasing a huge range of compositions and some of the best artists from Australia and the world.

Queensland Conservatorium

Griffith University

140 Grey Street

South Brisbane Qld 4101


General Enquiries

+61 7 3735 6282


Artistic Director Assoc. Prof. Vanessa Tomlinson

Project Manager James Lees

Project Coordinator Brent Miller

Artistic Advisors Tom O’Kelly, Francois Combomorel and Louise Devenish

Please direct all enquiries to James Lees