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Arts & Public Life Breakfast ‘Musical diplomacy’
Richard Broinowski, diplomat, violinist and author of and autobiography, Witness to History (2001) and Fact or Fission – the truth about Nuclear Ambitions (Scribe 2003)
Nuclear diplomacy by day and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio by night, diplomat and lifelong violinist Richard Broinowski was taught violin by his Polish immigrant grandmother. Years later, as a junior Australian diplomat in Tokyo, he found himself playing alongside the lead cellist of the Boston Symphony and the concert-pianist wife of a Japanese pearl king.
“It never occurred to me at the time that this might lift Australia’s or the Embassy’s cultural profile”, he says. “To me it was at first intimidating and then just good fun.” Over the course of his long career, Broinowski went on to join, and form, numerous music ensembles in postings throughout the world and here he discusses the importance of music in his work representing Australian cultural and political interests throughout the world.