13/01/2016 12:00 PM AEDT | Updated 05/08/2016 3:59 PM AEST

Australian Ballet Chief Conductor Nicolette Fraillon -- Breaking The Glass Ceiling One Note At A Time

When Nicolette Fraillon reads music, she sees a world of colour come out from the pages. From a young age she was certain she would be an orchestra conductor.

To get there, she needed to thump on doors guarded by men. Men who questioned why a woman was trying to get through. Men who would greet her achievements with perplexity. "But, you're a woman?" they would say.

Now she is Music Director and Chief Conductor of The Australian Ballet and she's not afraid to call out the sexism she faced on her way up.

Video by Tom Compagnoni and Emily Verdouw