Sydney-born Graham Abbott is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium. He has had more than 30 years’ experience conducting orchestral, choral and operatic music of almost every conceivable period and style. He is particularly respected as a conductor of the music of Handel, having conducted Messiah more than 70 times and with an operatic repertoire that includes five Handel operas and the major works of Verdi, Mozart and Bizet.
Graham has had many years’ experience as a public speaker on music. He has developed a reputation as an engaging and entertaining educator, capable of opening the world of music to the untrained music lover. He taught modules for teachers, community-based musicians and high school students in the Symphony Australia Conductor Training programme and is highly sought-after as a conducting teacher and workshop director.
For fifteen years – from 2003 to 2017 – Graham produced and presented Keys To Music on ABC Classic FM, as well as undertaking many other presenting and producing roles with the station. He is now regarded as one of Australia’s pre-eminent communicators on music, a feature which, when combined with his conducting and teaching expertise, makes him a unique member of Australia’s arts and education world.
Graham was awarded the 2007 Bernard Heinze Award by the University of Melbourne in recognition of his services to music in Australia.
See Graham Abbott in action at our Metlifecare Unwrap the Music series