Australian Chamber Orchestra

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: RICHARD TOGNETTI AO

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned for its inspired programming and unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. Its unique programming extends across six centuries, spanning popular masterworks, adventurous cross-artform projects and pieces specially commissioned for the ensemble. Founded in 1975, this string orchestra comprises leading Australian and international musicians and a growing company of dedicated young players. The Orchestra performs as a symphony orchestra, chamber music ensemble and electro-acoustic collective collaborating with an extraordinary range of artists from numerous artistic disciplines.

2018 Season

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2018 'Choose Your Own' flexi-packages and single tickets are now available via City Recital Hall's website and Box Office and their website. Subscriptions are available via the Australian Chamber Orchestra website. Click here to view all of the Australian Chamber Orchestra concerts currently on sale via our website and Box Office. 

Tognetti Tchaikovsky Brahms

Sat 10 Feb 7pm, Tue 13 Feb 8pm, Wed 14 Feb 7pm, Fri 16 Feb 1.30pm

Tognetti leads this melodic and emotively powerful opening to ACO’s 2018 season. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, America’s Missy Mazzoli and the UK’s Anna Clyne.

Brahms’ Sextet in G major is so powerful that Tognetti calls this new arrangement for string orchestra Brahms’ ‘Fifth Symphony’. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings gives you a chance to gasp for air and then it’s back to the future with two new works by Missy Mazzoli and Anna Clyne.

Alina Ibragimova Death And The Maiden

Tue 20 Mar 8pm, Wed 21 Mar 7pm, Fri 23 Mar 1.30pm, Sat 24 Mar 7pm

Intense, passionate and heartachingly beautiful music played by one of the world’s finest violinists, Alina Ibragimova. This is repertoire that doesn’t so much tug as it does rip at your heartstrings.

Witnessing Alina Ibragimova play violin is an experience that produces awe-inspiring energy that crackles the air and raises goosebumps. The concert begins with Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Concerto funebre. The program climaxes with Schubert’s darkly romantic ‘Death and the Maiden’, arranged for orchestra.

Nicole Car

Sat 14 Apr 7pm, Wed 18 Apr 7pm, Fri 20 Apr 1.30pm, Tue 24 Apr 8pm

Australia’s beloved world-class operatic success story, Soprano Nicole Car, performs her only orchestral performance in Australia for 2018, celebrating her special voice with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi.

Known for her outstanding performances around the world – from Covent Garden and Paris, to Berlin and across North America – Australian soprano Nicole Car returns for her only Australian orchestral performance in 2018, in a program that celebrates the majesty and musicality of her special voice.

Steven Isserlis Plays Shostakovich

Sat 30 Jun 7pm, Tue 3 Jul 8pm, Wed 4 Jul 7pm

Legendary cellist Steven Isserlis joins Richard Tognetti and the ACO for Shostakovich’s monumental First Cello Concerto along with Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony.

When Steven Isserlis and Richard Tognetti get together, there are going to be fireworks. Shostakovich’s monumental first cello concerto sees Isserlis at his best, while Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony – arguably the pinnacle of his compositional achievement – lies at the very heart of the ACO’s repertoire. Adding to this program are world premieres by Elena Kats-Chernin and Samuel Adams.

Goldberg Variations

Wed 8 Aug 7pm, Fri 10 Aug 1.30pm, Sat 11 Aug 7pm, Tue 14 Aug 8pm

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Bach’s iconic keyboard work in a celebration that brings together the old and the new in an utterly unique and illuminating way.

Thomas Adès’ Nightfalls will set the scene before the Australian premiere of Canadian Bernard Labadie’s string arrangement of Bach’s iconic keyboard work, the ‘Goldberg Variations’ - one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. A transformation of the original – which many of you will recognise – it offers audiences something fresh and inventive.

Transforming Strauss And Mozart

Sat 15 Sep 7pm, Tue 18 Sep 8pm, Wed 19 Sep 7pm

Curated by our Principal Cello, Tipi, together with Bach, Strauss and Dowland, this is a program full of inspirational music and palpable emotions not to be missed.

As Strauss got older, he became fascinated by the textures in chamber music. Metamorphosen is one such example. Usually performed by 23 string players, here you’ll witness it stripped back to its raw, powerful core in a chamber program curated by ACO’s Principal Cello, Tipi.

Ilya Gringolts Plays Paganini

Fri 5 Oct 1.30PM

Russian sensation Ilya Gringolts directs the ACO in this virtuosic display of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos featuring ACO Principals Tipi and Julian Thompson.

The Russian violin sensation, Ilya Gringolts, directs the ACO in this dazzling virtuosic display featuring Paganini’s First Violin Concerto. oncerto, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos, and CPE Bach’s String Symphony, before ending with Bartók’s Divertimento.

Tognetti's Beethoven

Sat 17 Nov 7pm, Tue 20 Nov 8pm, Wed 21 Nov 7pm

For their climactic finale to the 2018 Season, Richard Tognetti and the ACO present an unmissable music event featuring Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony.

For this climactic finale to the Season, the ACO will showcase Beethoven’s epic Fifth Symphony and the mighty Violin Concerto. It has been 25 years Tognetti gave his first performance of the Violin Concerto. It’s long overdue, but entirely worth the wait. It promises to leave you exhilarated, rejuvenated and ready for 2019.

2017 SEASON

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2017 season subscriptions and single tickets are now available via City Recital Hall's website and Box Office and their website. Click here to view all of the Australian Chamber Orchestra concerts currently on sale via our website and Box Office. 

MURDER & REDEMPTION

Wed 8 Feb 7pm, Fri 10 Feb 1.30pm, Sat 11 Feb 7pm, Tue 14 Feb 8pm

Sex. Adultery. Betrayal. Murder. Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata has it all. Janáček’s musical rendering of this scandalous tale serves as the thread for this innovative opening to ACO’s 2017 season featuring Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and American folk hero Sam Amidon.

BACH VIOLIN CONCERTOS

Sat 8 Apr 7pm, Tue 11 Apr 8pm, Wed 12 Apr 7pm

Join Richard Tognetti in an exploration of Bach’s magnificent writing for violin. Bach is the greatest polyphonist of all time. To hear his writing for solo violin, violin and orchestra, two violins and orchestra, and three violins and orchestra is to experience genius at work. 

ACO SOLOISTS

Sat 13 May 7pm, Tue 16 May 8pm, Wed 17 May 7pm, Fri 19 May 1.30pm

In a group the size of ACO, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists. This program showcases the extraordinary talents of the ACO’s musicians including Principal Violin Satu Vänskä, Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve and violinist Glenn Christensen.

INTIMATE Mozart

Tue 4 Jul 8pm, Wed 5 Jul 7pm, Fri 7 Jul 1.30pm, Sat 8 Jul 7pm

The ACO is joined by world leading interpreter of Mozart, Kristian Bezuidenhout, to perform the composer’s stunning Piano Concerto No.13. Also in the program, Schumann’s String Quartet and Piano Quintet, “the most perfect of all the products of his genius”.

MOUNTAIN

Sat 12 Aug 7pm, Tue 15 Aug 8pm, Wed 16 Aug 7pm

Introducing Mountain: an epic cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom. Mountain is a unique musical journey through vistas that few have visited and none have seen in quite this way.

ARCTIC TO ANTIPODES

Fri 1 Sep 1.30pm, Sat 2 Sep 7pm, Tue 5 Sep 8pm, Wed 6 Sep 7pm

Finland has Sibelius. Denmark has Nielsen. Sweden has ABBA. And Norway has Grieg! Discover Henning Kraggerud, a Norwegian violinist who has built a reputation as the world’s leading interpreter of Grieg, as he presents his arrangements for all three of Grieg’s violin sonatas.

EMMANUEL PAHUD

Sat 7 Oct 7pm, Tue 10 Oct 8pm, Wed 11 Oct 7pm, Fri 13 Oct 1.30pm

The world’s greatest living flautist Emmanuel Pahud is back 12 years after his Australian debut. This program is like an historical adventure – tracing the Franco-Germanic lineage from Bach senior, to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, through to Franck, Debussy, Ravel and Boulez.