The Sydney Eisteddfod NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship

Joanna Drimatis is currently Head of Strings at MLC School and Music Director/Chief Conductor of the Beecroft Orchestra. After initial studies in Australia in Music Education and Violin Performance, Joanna completed a Masters in Music from the University of Texas at Austin in both Violin and Orchestral conducting.

In 2009, Joanna graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. Her PhD thesis titled, ‘A HiddenTreasure: Symphony No.1 by Robert Hughes’ was awarded the University of Adelaide’s Inaugural Doctoral Research Medal. Joanna has been engaged as a Guest Conductor in the USA, New Zealand and Australia. In the positions as Music Director of the University Orchestra - UTexas at Austin, Music Director of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Conductor for the Adelaide Youth Orchestra association, Joanna initiated collaborations, commissions, premieres and selected performances have been broadcast on NZ Concert FM and ABC Classic FM.

As a violinist/violist Joanna has played professionally as an orchestral musician both in Australia and overseas and has performed in recitals and festivals in the USA, Germany, New Zealand and Australia that include the Aspen Music Festival (USA), Strawberry Creek Festival (USA), the International Institute of Music (Germany). In 2013/2014 Joanna initiated and undertook research projects and activities at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music focusing on the music of Australian composer Raymond Hanson. This has been highlighted in the book by Peter McCallum, ‘The Centenary of the Con’ (2015).