Patricia Pollett

Patricia Pollett, viola

Patricia Pollett is one of Australia’s leading string players. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, she has received numerous awards, including a Churchill Fellowship and an Australia Council International Study Grant. She studied with Peter Schidlof of the Amadeus Quartet and at the Royal College of Music in London, and with Bruno Giuranna at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. She has extensive international performance experience, particularly as violist with the Italian string ensemble I Solisti Veneti, and was a founding member of the contemporary ensemble Perihelion, resident at the University of Queensland.

Patricia is an advocate of new music for the viola, and has commissioned, performed and recorded numerous new 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.

She is in demand as a teacher, giving masterclasses for leading education institutions in Australia and overseas. Patricia is an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland where she is Director of Performance Studies at the School of Music.