With an incredible list of accolades under his belt at the age of 27, Alex Hirlian's talent raises no questions. Winner of the prestigious National Jazz Awards in 2018, Hirlian has spent much of the last several years embedded in the Australian music scene as a go-to drummer.
Having worked with the likes of James Muller, Sean Wayland, Mike Nock, Barney McAll, Ben Winkelman and Jeremy Rose, Hirlian was also invited to perform at the newly established Blue Note Jazz Club in Shanghai in 2019, accompanying the renowned pianist Dan Tepfer. Studying under the expertise of Simon Barker and Andrew Dickeson, Hirlian completed his Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2016, not without first securing the drum chair for ‘Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection’ big band and later joining the New Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra.
Since taking out the National Jazz Award as the youngest contestant and touring his band "Arcing Wires" through Europe, Indonesia and Australia in 2019, Hirlian continues building his profile as one of Australia's prominent jazz drummers. His first album project through ABC Jazz will be out in 2022.
Photo credit - Anthony Browell
I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing musicians nationally and internationally.