Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director & Lead Violin

Australian Chamber Orchestra collaborated with Sydney Dance Company on the acclaimed production, Project Rameau. Since premiering in 2012 in Sydney, this show has toured to Brisbane, Canberra and Kunming China.

Renowned for inspired programming and unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s performances span popular masterworks, adventurous cross-artform projects and pieces specially commissioned for the ensemble.

Founded by John Painter, the ACO originally comprised just 13 players, who came together for concerts as they were invited. Today, the ACO has grown to 20 players (three part-time), giving more than 100 performances in Australia each year, as well as touring internationally.

The Orchestra performs all over the world: from red-dust regional centres of Australia to New York night clubs, from Australian capital cities to the world’s most prestigious concert halls.

The ACO’s dedication and musicianship has created warm relationships with celebrated musicians and artists around the world. The ACO has recorded for the world’s top labels. Recent recordings have won three consecutive ARIA Awards and documentaries featuring the ACO have been shown on television worldwide and won awards at film festivals on four continents.

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