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 at the beginning of 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 Acosta, Duato, Harbour, Kylián, McGregor, Murphy and Ratmansky, and his principal roles include works by some of the greats - Ashton, Balanchine, Lifar, MacMillan, Wheeldon and Wright.

repertoire highlights

  • Franz in George Ogilvie and Peggy van Praagh's Coppélia 2016
  • Viktor Gvosky's Grand pas classique 2017, 2016
  • Prince Désiré in David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2017, 2015
  • Puck in Frederick Ashton's The Dream 2015
  • The Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker 2014

  • Lescaut in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 2014
  • Wayne McGregor’s Infra (2017), Chroma (2014) and Dyad 1929 (2013)
  • Mazurka in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2014
  • Mercutio in Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet 2012, 2011
  • Nacho Duato’s Por vos muero 2009

You may not know

Constantly curious, Brett is undertaking several short courses on the arts and creative management, philosophy and theatre.

Professional accolades


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

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

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