Aleksander Pusz studied first at the Flinders St School of Music in Adelaide, South Australia, graduating from the Advanced Diploma course in 1996 with a double major in percussion and composition. This was followed by a Bachelor with Honours in composition from Adelaide University. |
Pusz has wide ranging interests in music, he has played classical, jazz, taiko, flamenco, salsa, electronica, batucada, funk/RnB, and fusions involving these styles. He has been the Principal Percussionist of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, he has been a founding member of two taiko groups, he played in award winning bands and he has performed around Australia, as well as in Indonesia, Poland, Germany and England.
His compositions have been chosen by groups such as Vox Novus (USA) and Quartet New Generation (Germany), and he was the winner of the 2013 Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival Composition Competition, resulting in a performance by Melbourneís Syzygy Ensemble. He has also written music for dance, theatre, television and many works for students.
Currently Pusz teaches drum set and percussion in Mildura, Victoria, Australia where he always has at least one percussion ensemble for his students. He plays freelance gigs in various styles and pursues other musical interests, such as writing parade music for the recent centenary of the neighbouring town of Merbein. He is also active in the local arts community, and regularly helps to co-ordinate student involvement with visiting professional groups such as Syzygy Ensemble and Speak Percussion.