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Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Chamber Orchestra

An ensemble of passion and virtuosity

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.


“One of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world.” 

The Guardian, UK

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Welcome to ACO 2022. A bold and intrepid National Season.

2022 is a transformative new era for the ACO. They return right across Australia with a National Concert Season that knows no boundaries. They also continue to present their acclaimed immersive film series, ACO StudioCasts, where you’ll be completely swept away by Richard and the Orchestra. Last but not least, you are invited to their brand new home at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay Arts Precinct with an exciting program for all music lovers, in Sydney and beyond.

The ACO has always blazed its own trail. 2022 is no exception. Flights are booked, hotel rooms are reserved, freight cases are ready. We hope you’ll join them.



The Australian Chamber Orchestra are delighted to present ACO StudioCasts, a series of seven high quality, online concert films.

In collaboration with leading directors and cinematographers, these cinematic and immersive films enhance the ACO’s live performance offering with a pioneering digital experience that transcends the visual and sonic capabilities of the concert hall.

The films are available to view on-demand on smart TVs, desktop, tablet and mobile devices via

Richard Tognetti


Artistic Director Richard Tognetti

Australian violinist, conductor and composer, Richard Tognetti has established an international reputation for his compelling performances and artistic individualism. Tognetti performs on period, modern and electric instruments. His numerous arrangements, compositions and transcriptions have expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire and been performed throughout the world.

Richard Tognetti was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010. He holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999. He performs on a 1743 Guarneri del Gesù violin, lent to him by an anonymous Australian private benefactor.