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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.

2020 Season

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary and 30 years of Richard Tognetti as Artistic Director, the Orchestra will present nearly a millennium of music from Hildegard von Bingen to the masters of Baroque.


Sat 14 November 7pm, Sun 15 November 2pm, Tue 17 November 8pm, Wed 18 November 7pm, Fri 20 November 1.30pm, 2020

Signposting every 50 years from Beethoven’s birth with a significant composition of each era, this is an opportunity to grasp the sheer magnitude of Beethoven’s enduring influence.

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