Madeleine CowellGeneral Manager

Madeleine joined Gabrieli in November 2020, relocating to the UK from Australia to take up the role of General Manager. As a violinist of 25 years and an experienced arts administrator, Madeleine’s connection to the cultural sector has stretched across classical music, education, performing arts and visual arts. Working with some of Sydney and Melbourne’s leading arts companies including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia, Melbourne Youth Orchestras, and Buxton Contemporary, Madeleine’s diverse skillset traverses fundraising, business development, operations, programming, administration, marketing and media.

Currently at the University of Melbourne’s Buxton Contemporary art gallery, Madeleine has led the introduction of a suite of corporate partnerships, developed the organisation’s donor and prospect driven CRM system, whilst balancing event and building coordination, including the institution’s COVID reopening and safety management plan.

Prior to this, Madeleine’s position as Programs and Administration Manager at Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) saw her play a pivotal role in the delivery of the organisation’s strategic plan, including successfully achieving MYO’s ‘Greatest Imaginable Challenge’ of full capacity student enrolments. Alongside this was the realisation of all 2018 and 2019 programs, including a new Composer in Residence Program, social media stars ‘TwoSet Violin’ joining the 2019 Summer School, Indigenous singing workshops through Short Black Opera, four annual flagship performances and numerous special projects.

In 2019, Madeleine was awarded a Professional Development Scholarship through the Betty Amsden Foundation, which enabled participation in international arts management conferences in Lisbon and Venice, in addition to development opportunities in London meeting with 25 leading fundraising and philanthropy executives across 14 major institutions and organisations.

Madeleine is also progressing through her PhD (Arts) degree, researching sustainable business strategies and models within the symphony orchestra sector, and wider performing arts industry. This follows on from a Bachelor of Music (Studies, Violin) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne.