The Australian Chamber Orchestra
was founded by
John Painter in 1975. Richard Tognetti
was appointed Lead Violin
in 1989 and subsequently appointed Artistic Director.
As well as
frequent Australian tours, the Australian Chamber Orchestra often
tours Asia, Europe and the USA, including regular performances at
Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Vienna’s Musikverein and Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Recordings by Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra
of Bach won three consecutive ARIA
. The Australian Chamber Orchestra appears in the films
and Musica Surfica
television series Classical Destinations
In 2005, ACO2, a second ensemble combining emerging artists and
Australian Chamber Orchestra musicians was formed as a training and
regional touring orchestra.
Richard Tognetti performs on a 1743 Guarneri
del Gesù violin and Principal Cello
Timo-Veikko Valve performs on a 1729 Giuseppe Guarneri
Filius Andreae cello, both on loan from
anonymous benefactors. Principal Second Violin Helena Rathbone
plays a 1759 J.B. Guadagnini
loan from the Commonwealth Bank Group.
- Verghis, Sharon, "Bach with more bite pays off" Sydney
Morning Herald, September 2, 2005.
- Australian Chamber Orchestra, official website, International Touring Countries.
- ARIA Awards, Richard Tognetti, ARIA Awards 2008, History:
Winners by Artist.
- Music Australia, Musical
renegades (videorecording) : Australian Chamber Orchestra,
National Library of Australia, 12 September 2005.
- Great Southern Communications, Musica Surfica.
- Classical Destinations, SBS, July 2009.
- Lahey, Vanessa, The Fiddlers | ACO2, Australian
Stage Online, 11 July 2009.
- Iaccarino, Clara, "Joy at $10m violin gift in land of beer and
cricket" Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 2007.
- Nunn, Louise, "Diva and the $1m cello", Adelaide
Now, August 15, 2007.
- Commonwealth Bank Group, Arts, In the Community.