Biography

Lachlan Hawkins is an Australian drummer, Handpan player, percussionist and educator, performing and teaching in the Brisbane area and beyond.

Lachlan is a Brisbane drummer, percussionist, Handpan player and educator. Having just completed his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, graduating with First Class Honours and the University Medal, Lachlan is now pursuing his own creative projects, freelancing with a diverse range of performing artists and ensembles, and giving back to the community through music education and volunteer performances at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital (see Projects).

During his time at the “Con”, Lachlan was fortunate to study with a number of influential teachers including Paul Hudson, John Parker (Jazz Drums), Vanessa Tomlinson & Nozomi Omote (minor study in Classical Percussion). Lachlan also became a member of the Con Artists Jazz Orchestra during this time (directed by Steve Newcomb), began leading his own jazz group as well as freelancing with a diverse range of musicians and ensembles including James Morrison, Kristin Berardi, Elly Hoyt, John Hoffman, Dan Bolton, Lauren Lucille, Swing Central, Melissa Western, Jazzab, QHORNS, Queensland Show Choir, Georgia Mae, Simon Drew and the Empty Chair Project. With his own group, Lachlan has performed at a number of venues including QPAC, Brisbane Jazz Club, Queen Street Mall,  Jumpers & Jazz Festival as well as corporate functions around Brisbane.

During this period, Lachlan also travelled to Mount Gambier as a national finalist in the Generations In Jazz  | James Morrison Scholarship, where he performed two pieces with Phil Stack (bass) and James Muller (guitar) – a highlight of his career to date. Back at the Con, Lachlan was recognised for his academic achievement, receiving Runner Up of the Sid SJ Bromley Jazz Award for Outstanding Student in 2012 and 2014. He was also awarded the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence every year during his four years of tertiary study.

Lachlan’s other rewarding highlights to date include touring Asia and Europe with the Queensland Youth Symphony in 2012, mentoring students together with the Juilliard Jazz faculty at the New York Jazz Symposium (University of Melbourne, 2014) and performing with the Newcomb/Hoffman Quintet at Magnetic Island Jazz Festival (2013/2014). More recently, after meeting and studying briefly with Brazilian master percussionist Marcio Bahia, Lachlan has developed a love for Brazilian music that has seen him perform with  the renowned The View from Madeleine’s Couch and local Brisbane favourites Eddie Gazani, Para Voce and Coisa Linda. In 2015, Lachlan also was a participant in the Centrum Jazz Port Townsend program, which featured 200 participants and over 40 teaching faculty, performing in Terell Stafford’s 7-piece student combo as well as the Jazz Port Townsend Big Band.

Professionally, Lachlan has been involved in a number of productions as a drummer including:

  • BRISBANE SINGS (2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • QLD premieres: NEXT TO NORMAL (2013) & SPRING AWAKENING (2011) (Oscar Theatre Company)
  • SWING ON THIS (Gold Coast, 2015)
  • 2013 Bright Star Carols featuring Harrison Craig & Luke Kennedy

With a passion for education, Lachlan has been running a private teaching studio since graduating from Brisbane State High School in 2011 and also tutors drum kit at the Young Conservatorium, Sheldon College and Brisbane’s newest drum store, Just Percussion**. Along with classmate Tsoof Baras – who together have been inspired by groups such as STOMP and the Blue Man Group – they are currently working on a show with their group SoundStruck that combines music with visual and theatrical elements such as paint drumming and body percussion.

** To get in contact with Lachlan about private tuition, please visit the Just Percussion website – www.justpercussion.com.au – or contact the JP Music School at (07) 3216 0801