AUSTA Patron: Patricia Pollett
Patricia Pollett is one of Australia’s leading string players. Well known as an advocate of new music for the viola, she has commissioned, performed and recorded numerous solo works by leading Australian composers. She was honoured for this work with an APRA Australian Music Centre Classical Music Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Composition by an Individual.
Patricia has performed as soloist and chamber musician with major Australian ensembles and orchestras and has extensive international performance experience, particularly with the Italian string ensemble I Solisti Veneti. A founding member of the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, Patricia launched with her new ensemble White Halo in 2014, also resident at the University of Queensland.
Patricia is in demand as a teacher, giving masterclasses for leading education institutions in Australia and overseas including the Australian National Academy of Music and New York University. She has directed and tutored courses for the Australian Youth Orchestra and was a member of their board and artistic committee.
Patricia is Professor of Music at the University of Queensland where she is Director of Performance and Engagement at the School of Music.
AUSTA is very honoured to welcome Patricia as a new AUSTA Patron.