Pekka kuusisto - artistic director
Ten years ago, ACO Collective began its musical journey across the country. Since then, the ensemble has performed in more than 85 regional centres in every state and territory, all of Australia’s state capitals, and has toured to Japan. Now, the Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary touring regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
ACO Collective (formerly known as ACO2) is the ACO’s critically acclaimed 17-piece string ensemble which delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs Australia-wide. The Ensemble combines musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating an orchestra with a fresh, energetic performance style.
2017 marks not only the 10th anniversary of the Ensemble, but also the second year of the brilliant violinist Pekka Kuusisto as its Artistic Director. ACO Collective, under Kuusisto’s direction, opened the ACO’s 2016 National Subscription season with an 11-concert tour of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Newcastle.
ACO Collective commenced touring as ACO2 in 2007 and since then has performed in more than 80 regional centres in every state and territory, all of Australia’s state capitals, and has toured to Japan. The Ensemble works regularly with guest artists of the highest calibre, both international and Australian, including violinists Elizabeth Wallfisch, Benjamin Schmid, Henning Kraggerud 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.
In 2013, the ACO presented the Ensemble 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”. Biennially, the Ensemble is the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Vasse Felix Festival in Western Australia and in 2014 it was the Orchestra-in-Residence at the Canberra International Music Festival.
PAST ACO COLLECTIVE (FORMER ACO2) TOURS
Critical Reviews & Audience Feedback
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ACO Collective Recordings
Selected recordings by ACO Collective (former ACO2).