Phyllis Batchelor was born in Healesville. At 17 she began playing for the ABC and by her 20s was one of the most frequently heard artists, often performing her own works. She was honoured with the OAM in 1993 in recognition of her service to the performing arts.
Phyllis Batchelor (1915-1999) was born in Healesville, where she was taught piano at the age of three by her mother. At 17 she began playing for the ABC and by her 20s was one of the most frequently heard artists, often performing her own works.
Phyllis Batchelor was a composer, teacher and pianist based in Melbourne. She taught piano at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and later studied composition with Fritz Hart at the Albert Street Conservatorium. She worked as a solo and duo pianist and performed with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and an accompanist for orchestral members and visiting soloists. In the 1940s she was program coordinator on the ABC's 3AR radio station and ran the show Melodies and Manuscripts, presenting many works by Australian composers, including her own.
She married a Russian violinist, Ivan Pietruschka. She was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993.
Compositions by Phyllis Batchelor appear on
Beautiful lullabies and cradle songs by Australian composers from 1890-1999. Featuring soprano Linda Thompson (Australian Opera and VSO Young Artist) and pianist Deviani Segal, this delightful collection features world premiere recordings of Australian lullabies and cradle songs.