After being originally founded by cellist John Painter in November 1975, this 17-piece string orchestra lives and breathes music. Steeped in history but always looking to the future, ACO programs embrace celebrated classics alongside new commissions and adventurous cross-artform collaborations.
Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts across Australia each year. In 2018 the ACO commenced a three-year London residency as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with the Barbican Centre, with whom they share a commitment in presenting concerts that inspire, embolden and challenge audiences. Whether performing in Manhattan, New York, or Wollongong, NSW, the ACO is unwavering in their commitment to creating transformative musical experiences.
In addition to their national and international touring schedule, the Orchestra has an active recording program across CD, vinyl and digital formats. Their recordings of Bach’s violin works have won three consecutive ARIA Awards. Recent releases include Mozart’s Last Symphonies, Bach Beethoven: Fugue and the soundtrack to the acclaimed cinematic collaboration, Mountain. Documentaries featuring the ACO have been shown on television worldwide and won awards at film festivals on four continents.