Australian Chamber Ballet,
principals' resumés:

Robert Kelly

...began ballet studies at age 16 in Canberra under the tutelage of Adrian Dimitrievitch. In 1992 he began his professional career, touring Australia with the Dimitrievitch Ballet, where he performed solo roles in Paquita, Swan Lake, and Le Corsaire pas de deux. From 1996-1999 he was principal with the Ballet of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and from 1999-2003 he was soloist with the Landestheater of Salzburg, Austria. Mr. Kelly joins the ACB in 2003.

Yanis Pikieris

...was the recipient of the silver medal in Jackson, and the prestigious gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. He has performed as a principal dancer with the International Ballet of Caracas, the Bavarian National Ballet and the Miami City Ballet, and as a guest artist with Ballet du Nord, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nagoya Ballet and the Australian Ballet among others. As a choreographer he has created many works for the Maximum Dance Company in Miami, USA. He has created works for the Bavarian National Ballet, Ballet Centrum Berlin, Ballet Randolph, Ballet du Nord, Ballet Theatre of Miami, Ballet Metropolitano de Medellin, Juegos del Arte Dance Ensemble and the Tampa Bay Ballet Theater. Most recently he choreographed the dance sequences in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for the Florida Grand Opera. He previously served as Artistic Director for Ballet du Nord, Juegos Dance Ensemble and the Ballet Metropolitano de Medellin.

Lisa Gabeler

...studied in Sydney and began her professional career in 1979 as a principal with the Ballet company of Regensburg, Germany. In 1980 she moved to the Städtisches Theater in Hof, and then in 1983 to the Staatstheater München, all of these engagements as soloist. She returned to Australia and held solo positions with the Queensland Ballet from 1985, the Sydney Festival Ballet from 1986, and the Australian Opera Ballet from 1987-1988. From 1988 to 1990 she was a guest instructor at the Paris Dance Centre in France, and in 1991 performed solo roles with the Meryl Tankard Dance Company. From 1992- 1996 she was a principal artist and assistant director of the Dimitrievitch Ballet. She became a founding member of the the ACB in 1996.

Stan Kornel

...studied violin in Canberra with Ernest Lewellyn and later in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree. He furthered his studies in £ódz, obtaining a Master's Degree in peformance, and later studied viola d'amore with Catherine Mackintosh and baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken. From 1985-1987 he was a member of the Orchestra of La Fenice and the chamber orchestra Vivaldiana, both based in Venice. During the summer seasons of those years he performed with the orchestra of the Festival of Verona. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As well as being concertmaster of the Australian Chamber Ballet, he is also soloist and director of the Sydney Consort Baroque Ensemble and concertmaster of the Gallery Players Ensemble. Since 1996 he has been a professor of violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney International Grammer School. He has recorded 8 compact discs of violin music of Australian and Irish composers.

Anthony Baldwin

...studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 1972. In 1973 he won First Prize in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's State Concerto Competiton with his performance of Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2. From 1973 - 1981 he taught piano at the King's School, Sydney. In 1982 he began his long association with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as their principal keyboard player, touring with them to the USA for their "Australian Bicentennial Tour" in 1988. He has been a member of the faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium since 1981. He has embarked on various concerto tours within Australia, performing the concertos of Beethoven (3 & 4), Rachmaninov (2), Schumann, and Gerschwin, and has been in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician in Sydney for 3 decades. He has been the Principal Pianist with the ACB since its founding in 1996.

Chenoa Bonic

...trained in London and Sydney, and was a semi-finalist at the 1995 Asia-Pacific Ballet Competition in Tokyo. She toured Europe as a member of the Zagreb Ballet Company from 1992-1994. Upon returning to Australia she was appointed to the corps de ballet of the Queensland Opera, where she served from 1996-1998. In 1999 she performed solo roles at the Edinburgh Festival in their choreographed production of MacBeth, and later in that year returned to Sydney, where she joined the Bondi Ballet and the Central Performance Project. She has been a member of the Australian Chamber Ballet since 1996.

Thomas Tsai

...studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he completed his DSCM, majoring in cello. Following graduation he was invited by Lynn Harell to join his Gregor Piatigorsky Cello Class at the University of Southern California, completing a Masters in Music Performance (cello). During that time he was awarded various scholarships including being the first recipient of the Japan-American Symphony Scholarship for Outstanding Musical Performance. In the USA he performed as soloist and member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 he moved to Italy, where he became a member of the Rome Chamber Orchestra. He returned to Australia in 1995 and since then has performed as a soloist, chamber recitalist, and as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and has made numerous recordings for the ABC and 2MBS FM radio stations. He is currently on the faculty of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Barker College, teaching cello and chamber music. He has been a member of the Australian Chamber Ballet since 1996.

Christine Draeger

...studied at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and at the University of Adelaide as a student of Zdenek Bruderhans, graduating with an Honours Degree. Whilst in Adelaide she performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia. She was a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 1981-1986. She has been a founding member of the Seymour Group, one of Sydney's premier contemporary music ensembles, since 1982, and has appeared as a guest artist with the ensembles Synergy, Perehelion, Symeron and the Song Company. She has also performed on numerous occasions with the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 1992 Christine founded the Tucana Flute Quartet and has composed 2 quartets for this ensemble. In 1999 she was awarded First Prize in the Australian Flute Composition Competition for her solo flute work, Melusina's Dream. In addition to her career as a performer she has recorded an extenisve repertoire of contemporary flute music. She joins the ACB in 2003.

Felicity Wyithe

...completed her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Alexander Todecescu and Esther van Stralen, earning a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1999. From 1997-1999 she was a member of the viola section of the Sydney Sinfonia, and was awarded a contract position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1999. She became a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony in 2000. She joined the ensemble of the Australian Chamber Ballet in the year 2002.

Kim Holgate

…undertook her formal training in dance and drama at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian College of Theatre and Television, and furthered her studies at The Dance Factory and the St. Martin’s School.    Throughout the 1990’s she was a member of the ballet company of the Victorian State Opera, and taught through the Australian Dance Federation in Hong Kong.   Among her many other dance affiliations can be counted the Dance Factory and National Theatre in Melbourne, and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympic games in Sydney.   Kim joins the ACB in 2003.

Sung-Ah Cho

…graduated from the Korean National Academy of Traditional Performing Arts, majoring in Korean Traditional Dance, and later studied contemporary dance at E-Hwa Women’s University.   In 2000 she furthered her dance studies at the University of California at San Diego and the California Academy of Performing Arts.  In 1994 She began her professional dancing career as a member of the National Theatre of Korea, and in 1996 was awarded 2nd Prize at the Han-Yang University performing artists competition.   During this time she honed her skills as a choreographer, and was promoted to the position of soloist in the same ensemble.   In 2001 she appeared as a soloist at Korea’s Annual Dance Festival in the Seoul Arts Centre.   She has continued her classical training at Ballet Australasia under the tutelage of Mr. Dimitrievitch, and joins the ACB in 2003.

Yasmin G. Brock

…carried out her early training in Sydney at Halliday Dance Centre, Dynamite Dance Studio, Sydney Dance Company, and the Bodenweiser Studio. In 1996 she earned an Associate Degree in Dance at the Queensland University of Technology. She furthered her training in New York at the Alvin Ailey School, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Broadway Dance Center, Steps, and Dance Space, and then in London at Danceworks, Jerwood Dance Space, and Pineapple Dance Studio. Her extensive performance career began in Sydney with the Freelance Dance Company and in Brisbane at the Cherry Herring Space, before she moved to New York, where in addition to her training she joined the Reflections Dance Company in 1997. During her time in London, from 1998–2002 she performed with the Yozo Fass Dance Company, Jouvet Productions at the Cochrane Theatre, and the Green Candle Dance Company. Yasmin becomes a member of the ACB in 2003.

Rodolfa Biasotto

…studied ballet in Wollongong and Sydney, and from 1983-1988 was a Principal Dancer and Balletmistress with Folkorico Australia, later known as the Shell National Folkloric Festival. During this time she also performed as a member of the Australian Opera Ballet Company. From 1988-1990 she studied in Moscow at the GITIS State Theatre Arts Institute and at the Moiseyev School, and attained a Certificate of Advanced Teaching Studies. From 1992-1995 she danced in gala performances at the Bolshoi Theatre, taught at the Russian Seasons Dance Company and the New Humanitarian University in Moscow, and choreographed for the Bashkortostan State Ballet Theatre.  During her residence in Russia she was a contributing editor for various Russian dance magazines, including the Moscow Guardian, the Moscow Revue, the Moscow Times, and Nesavisimaya Gazeta, and also edited the English version of the Russian Ballet Journal. She returned to Australia in 1997, when she became Artistic Director of “Los Guitaristas” flamenco group, and she joins the ACB during their 2003 season.

Deborah Blake

After early studies in her native Adelaide, Deborah completed her diploma in dance at the Ballet Rambert School in London. After performances with the Sadlers Wells company (1989-1990) she embarked on a career as soloist and corps-de-ballet in Germany (1991-1997), firstly at the Staatstheater Saarbrucken, then the Landestheater Coburg, and finally at the Staatstheater Meiningen. In 1997 she returned to Australia and performed with the Dance Theatre of Victoria and the New South Wales Ballet Company, where she performed the solo role in Orpheus. From 1998-2001 she worked in the field of contemporary dance with Bodies, the Heera Yoo Dance Company, and the Ichiro Harada Dance Group. In addition to her dance career she has many engagements as a professional actor, amongst which are included the role of Judy Davis’ double in “The Man Who Sued God”. She joins the ACB in 2003.  

Andrew Obst

…was trained at the Australian Ballet School and joined the corps de ballet of the Australian Ballet in 1988. In 1991 he was promoted to the position of Coryphée of the same company. During his tenure with them (1988-1993) he toured to the USA, the UK, Italy, China, Taiwan and Japan.  In 1993-1994 he was a guest soloist with the Dancers Company in the states of New South Wales and Victoria. The years 1996-1997 saw him perform as a soloist with both the Scottish National Ballet and the City Ballet of London, the latter with whom he toured to France. From 1998-2002 he was a member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He appears as a guest artist with the ACB from 2003.

Lisa Herrick

…received her Advanced Certificate B.M.A.A.D. at the Edouard Borovansky Memorial Ballet Academy in 1991. Since that time she has been a teacher there as well as at the Zoop Performing Arts Studios and the E.B.M.B.A., where she trains in both the classical and contemporary genres. She began her career as a performer and choreographer in 1992, firstly with the E.B.M.B.A., then as a member of “Bodies” and “Art in Motion”. In 1998 she performed in various contemporary works at the National Dance Week. From 1998-2000 she furthered her training through open classes in New York and Los Angeles, and returned to Australia in 2000 to perform with the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival. In 2003 Lisa will complete her apprenticeship as an instructor of Pilates, and in the same year becomes a member of the A.C.B.