Australian Chamber Orchestra


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.