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Richard Tognetti wins JC Williamson Award

Posted on 31 May 2017 by ACO Marketing

We’re thrilled with today’s announcement that our Artist Director Richard Tognetti is the 2017 JC Williamson Award recipient.

“The JC Williamson Award is presented in recognition of (...) an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia’s live performance culture and shaped the future of the industry for the better. As the esteemed Artistic Director of Australian Chamber Orchestra for the past 27 years and an award-winning violinist, Richard exemplifies the spirit of this Award,” says Andrew Kay AM, president of Live Performance Australia.

Richard says that “It came as a big surprise to be nominated for this award. I thought this award was for luminaries and I don’t consider myself one of those. I was 10 years old and living in Wollongong when the Australian Chamber Orchestra was cleaved by John Painter and company out of the rock face of what was then the collection of ABC orchestras. The ACO was created with the purpose of giving musicians control over their musical destiny – just 13 of them in the beginning. And now, 42 years later, there are 17 of us and I have been fortunate enough to be Artistic Director of this remarkable group of musicians since 1990. I consider this an award to all my colleagues, not just at the ACO but my many and diverse collaborators over the years.”

We offer our warmest and sincerest congratulations to our fearless leader. Richard joins the ranks of previous winners Barry Humphries, John Bell and Dame Joan Sutherland.


Early June, Richard will perform at the ACO Uluru Festival and Mountain World Premiere, part of Vivid LIVE, before leading the Intimate Mozart tour nationally later in the month. 

The JC Williamson Award will be officially presented to Richard at the 17th annual Helpmann Awards on Monday 24 July at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney.