ACO2the ACO’s critically acclaimed string ensemble, delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs. It connects the elite musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. These young professionals have all participated in the ACO's year-long Emerging Artists’ Program and are in demand from Australia’s professional orchestras but choose to spend time experiencing the ACO's high-octane performance style for intense touring periods. It is testament to the ACO’s Emerging Artists’ Program's success that former ACO2 member Rebecca Chan was appointed as a member of the ACO.

ACO2 commenced touring in 2007 and since then has toured to over 70 regional centres in every state and territory. In 2013, the ACO presented ACO2 in a national subscription tour led by Richard Tognetti and it was named by The Australian as "one of the year’s must see concerts". ACO2 regularly works with international and Australian guest artists of the highest calibre including violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch, Pekka Kuusisto, Lara St-John and Thomas Gould; cellist Daniel Müller-Schott; harpist Alice Giles; recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey; singer / songwriter Tim Freedman from The Whitlams; and oud player Joseph Tawadros. Biennially, ACO2 is the Orchestra in Residence at the Vasse Felix Festival in WA. In 2014 ACO2 was featured in four performances at the Canberra International Music Festival. ACO2 performed in the Classical Destinations II television series screened worldwide and released on CD and DVD by Sony.

ACO2 performs in regional and metropolitan Australia – covering all states and territories biennially – and 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.


Critical Reviews & Audience Feedback

“One of this year’s must-hear concerts… it is reassuring to note the future of Australian string playing is in safe hands”. 

Participant Feedback

"Thankyou ACO2! You have inspired my students! I have students who seriously want to become professional violinists, and your inspiration is

ACO2 Recordings

Selected recordings by ACO2, directed by Helena Rathbone.


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