Altogether, three on the list of ten are Australian-born.
Nicolette Fraillon conducted her first concert at 16 with the Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra and in 1990 she became Assistant Musical Director for a season ofLes Miserables in The Hague, Amsterdam.
After her debut with The Australian Ballet in 2002 she was then invited to lead the Australian Ballet Orchestra. As well as her numerous domestic engagements with the Australian Ballet, Fraillon has also conducted on six overseas tours with the company.
Also nominated is Australian-born Simone Young, ex Music Director of Opera Australia and now Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She has become internationally acclaimed as a conductor of Wagner—being the first woman to record the complete Ring Cycle.
Australian-born Sarah-Grace Williams, also featured, is the founding Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Sydney's Metropolitan Orchestra and has appeared with the Queensland, Adelaide, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Congratulations to all.