2018 India, 2016 Singapore, 2015, 2015 India, 2013
"Great music and music-making, with brilliant friends from and in Australia. How wonderful.”

Patricia Pollett


Director of Performance Studies – School of Music, University of Queensland

Australian Hometown(s): Adelaide & Brisbane
Education: University of Adelaide; Royal College of Music, London; Hochschule für Musik, Berlin

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, aslo 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.

She has performed with the Australian World Orchestra in its 2013, 2015, 2016 seasons and their India tours in 2015 and 2018.

Last updated 2023