ACO2. Photograph: Jack Saltmiras

ACO2 HELENA RATHBONE - DIRECTOR

ACO2 is an acclaimed string ensemble renowned for its fresh and energetic performance style.

Delivering the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s regional tours and education programs, ACO2 has visited more than 70 regional centres throughout Australia since its inception in 2007. The ensemble offers the opportunity for audiences in these areas to experience the ACO’s trademark high-octane performance style.

In 2015, the Australian Chamber Orchestra will present two ACO2 tours, visiting areas of New South Wales and Queensland with Around the World, and the Northern Territory, Victoria and South Australia with The Best of British.

Touring since 2007, ACO2 also presents concerts and workshops for school-aged students in regional and metropolitan areas. In 2013, ACO2 performed in a national ACO subscription tour, led by Richard Tognetti, earning acclaim from The Australian as ‘one of the year’s must-see concerts’. The ensemble has worked with a plethora of high-calibre guests, 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.

Last year, ACO2 featured in the Canberra International Music Festival. The ensemble has also appeared in the Classical Destinations II television series, which screened worldwide and was released on CD and DVD by Sony. 

UPCOMING TOURS

2015 AROUND THE WORLD WITH BENJAMIN SCHMID (NSW/QLD)
2015 the best of british with alexander sitkovetsky (NT/VIC/SA)

PAST TOURS

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

PAST ACO2 TOURS