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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

Live and Digital in 2021

In 2021 the Australian Chamber Orchestra present an ambitious season with more music than ever before: a radiant series of live performances alongside a digital subscription of cinematic and immersive concert films – ACO StudioCasts.

You’ll see the Orchestra and experience the music in a completely new and immersive way. 


The Australian Chamber Orchestra are delighted to announce ACO StudioCasts, a digital season of 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.

Each film is accompanied by premium content featuring insights from Richard Tognetti, the Orchestra and special guests. The films will premiere from February – December 2021, and be available to view on-demand on smart TVs, desktop, tablet and mobile devices.


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.