Eugene is a lecturer in the Bachelor of Music program. As one of Australia’s most active and versatile trumpet players Eugene performs extensively throughout Australia and around the world with groups including the Hoodangers, the Andrea Keller Quartet, the Allan Browne Quintet, the Australian Art Orchestra, the Bennetts Lane Big Band and the Ball/Magnusson/Talia trio.
He has performed throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Britain, Russia and the former Soviet States, Asia, North and South America, India and the Pacific. Freelancing highlights include performances with Paul Grabowsky, Mike Nock, Tony Gould, Graham Lyall, Don Burrows, Jamie Cullum and John Butler.
Eugene is a prolific composer and arranger whose work is favoured by Melbourne’s performing elite, and has featured on countless recordings and television and film productions. He has received numerous commissions for compositions from schools, universities, orchestras and the Australia Council and remains in continual demand as a freelance arranger.
Eugene was awarded second place in the Wangarratta Jazz Awards in 2003, and was a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship in 2003 and 2006. He also holds a Masters Degree in Performance and Composition (Melbourne University) for which he was awarded a Melbourne Research Scholarship.
In addition to his outstanding record of professional achievement, Eugene has sustained an acclaimed career in music education, and has taught the trumpet, improvisation and composition as well as directed award winning ensembles at Eltham High School, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts. Eugene is now an ongoing lecturer in music for Melbourne Polytechnic Higher Education course, Fairfield campus.
Eugene has also been actively involved in the creation and promotion of performance opportunities for many well-known and emerging artists through his work in establishing the performance space/organisation Lebowski’s. Eugene was also a pivotal member in the creation of the Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival.