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An ensemble of passion and virtuosity

“One of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world.” The Guardian, UK

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned for inspired programming and unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. Its unique programming spans six centuries, spanning popular masterworks, adventurous cross-artform projects and specially commissioned pieces.

Founded in 1975, the string ensemble comprises leading Australian and international musicians and a growing company of dedicated young players. Outstanding Australian violinist Richard Tognetti has been at the helm since 1989, expanding the Orchestra’s national program, spearheading regular international tours and transforming the ACO into a vibrant ensemble that has become famous around the world.

2019 Season

Moving seamlessly through experimental collaborations, celebrated classics and music by some of the most revered and innovative composers of today, ACO 2019 is a multi-sensory journey that pushes the very concept of a ‘chamber orchestra’ to new heights.

Celebrating Mozart

Thu 12 September 7pm, Tue 17 September 8pm, 2019

Pianist Dejan Lazić reunites with old friend Richard Tognetti for a celebration of Mozart’s symphonies and concertos.

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Intimate Bach

Sat 19 October 7pm, Tue 22 October 8pm, Wed 23 October 7pm, Fri 25 October 1.30pm, 2019

Richard Tognetti is joined by Brett Dean, Erin Helyard and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve for a celebration of Bach’s genius.

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Brahms & Dvořák

Sat 16 November 7pm, Tue 19 November 8pm, Wed 20 November 7pm, Fri 22 November 1.30pm, 2019

An exuberant end to ACO’s 2019 concert season, featuring Brahms’s Double Concerto, performed by Richard Tognetti and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

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