Meet Principal Artist

Brett Chynoweth

Introducing Brett

Brett Chynoweth was born in Melbourne. At age five, he began training at a local ballet school. He soon moved to The Australian Ballet School, where he received, among other awards, the Dr HC (Nuggett) Coombes Travelling Scholarship, which enabled him to train in New York and Toronto. He graduated dux from The Australian Ballet School with honours and joined The Australian Ballet in 2009; he was promoted to principal artist on stage at the end of the 2018 season in his home town of Melbourne. Since joining The Australian Ballet, Brett has performed a variety of classical and contemporary works by choreographers such as Carlos Acosta, Nacho Duato, Tim Harbour, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Graeme Murphy and Alexei Ratmansky, and his principal roles include works by some of the greats - Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Serge Lifar, Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Wright.

repertoire highlights

  • Albrecht in Maina Gielgud's Giselle 2019
  • The Prince in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella 2019
  • Prince Désiré in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2018, 2017, 2015
  • Wayne McGregor’s Infra (2017), Chroma (2014) and Dyad 1929 (2013)
  • Viktor Gvosky's Grand pas classique 2017, 2016

  • Franz in Peggy van Praagh's Coppélia 2016
  • Puck in Frederick Ashton's The Dream 2015
  • The Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker 2014
  • Lescaut in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 2014
  • Mazurka in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2014

Professional accolades


  • Walter Bourke Scholarship 2013
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award Nominee 2011
  • Maurice Sullivan Memorial Scholarship 2011/12

Guest appearances

  • The Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet 2018

You may not know

Brett's favourite city is London: so much so, he once flew there for 24 hours just to see a show at the Royal Opera House.

an honest and engaging performer who consistently draws your eye to him

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