Hamish Gullick is a double bassist born and raised in Sydney. Hamish had his first double bass lessons when he was 12 with late jazz great Ed Gaston. From 2013-16 he studied with a scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium with Kees Boersma and later Alex Henery. In 2019 he commenced training with Damien Eckersley at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
During his studies, Hamish played in masterclasses for Dominic Seldis, (former Principal Double Bass, Royal Concertgebouw) Owen Lee, (Principle Double Bass, Cincinnati Symphony) and Hiroshi Ikematsu, (Former Principal New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony).
A voracious appetite for new sounds has led Hamish’s regular listening ranging from the lopsided beats of J Dilla, to the new Appalachian sounds of Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, in addition to a wide range of western art music, culminating in Hamish’s pursuit of unconventional repertoire and interpretation.
Hamish premiered a number of solo and accompanied works for double bass by Australian composer Jim Coyle, and in April 2018 he was involved in the Australian premiere of Gemma Peacocke’s song cycle Waves and Lines with the Rubiks collective at the Metropolis Festival. He also premiered Stuart Greenbaum’s Sonata for double bass and piano Continental Drift at ANAM.
Over the last few years, Hamish has worked with the Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as well as the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Through his training at ANAM, he has also been fortunate to play chamber music alongside Gregory Ahss, Lisa Moore, Nick Deutsch and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Jenny Tatchell, Margaret Plarre, Gillian McIntosh, Charles Wilkins & Carolyn Paulin, Ken Schroder, Nadene Gilmore & Chris Ferdinands, Michael Elliott
Hamish plays a Puglisi Viennese Lemböck double bass generously on loan to ANAM from Bruce Lane
Photo and video by Pia Johnson