ACO2, the Australian Chamber Orchestra's precocious little sister, delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs.
ACO2 connects the next generation of talented young Australian musicians with the stars of the ACO, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. The young musicians have all participated in the ACO's Emerging Artist Program and many already play in the state symphony orchestras but choose to spend time experiencing the ACO's high-octane performance style. The best go on to tour nationally and internationally with the ACO and it is testament to the program's success that former ACO2 member Rebecca Chan was appointed as a member of the ACO.
ACO2 commenced touring in 2007 and have toured to over sixty regional centres in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Guest stars have included Tim Freedman from The Whitlams, oud player Joseph Tawadros, accordionst James Crabb, recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey and violinists Pekka Kuusisto (Finland), Lara St John (Canada) and Thomas Gould (UK). ACO2 performed in the Classical Destinations II television series screened worldwide and now released on CD and DVD by Sony.
ACO2 runs workshops and presents concerts for school-aged students in regional and metropolitan areas. In this way the ACO’s Education Program identifies, connects and mentors three generations of Australian string players, making the future very bright indeed.


Explore past tours and events featuring ACO2, and Emerging Artists from the ACO web archives.


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ACO2 Recordings

Selected recordings by ACO2, directed by Helena Rathbone.


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