The Friends of The Johnston Collection will hold their 2021 Annual General Meeting via a Zoom Event with a very special key note speaker, Nicolette Fraillon AM, the Chief Conductor and Musical Director for the Australian Ballet.
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Nicolette grew up in Melbourne, a child of immigrant parents of French Huguenot, Sicilian and Austrian Jewish origins. Music runs in the family as both grandfathers were cellists, and her great uncle was principal bass player with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
She started violin and piano studies as a child, deciding aged 12 that she wanted to become a conductor. Her pathway to this took her through a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Melbourne and then further studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. In 1992 she was a prize winner at the Kondrashin International Conductors Competition of the Netherlands resulting in her conducting debut with the Nederlands Dans Theater. This was closely followed by the offer of the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Dutch National Ballet and engagements with the National Ballet of Finland, the San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet and multiple European symphony orchestras.
In 1995, Nicolette guested with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first Australian woman to conduct an Australian symphony orchestra. Then, in June 1998, she was appointed Director of the School of Music at the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2002 she was invited by then Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, David McAllister, to guest with the Company, becoming its Chief Conductor and Music Director of The Australian Ballet in 2003. Over almost 19 years with the Company Nicolette has conducted hundreds of performances for The Australian Ballet and toured with them to Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and China.
Throughout Nicolette’s career she has been a trailblazer for women in classical music, being the first female conductor for most of the companies and orchestras with whom she worked and is still the world's only female Music Director of a ballet company.