2015 Emerging Artists. Photo Jack Saltmiras.

The ACO's Emerging Artists' Program connects the next generation of talented young Australian string players with members of the ACO. The program offers tertiary and post-tertiary musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform with its renowned players and is tailored to suit the strengths and needs of each musician.

Each Emerging Artist receives:

  • Intensive periods of chamber music and chamber orchestra performances with members of the ACO, including performances with ACO Collective;
  • Private lessons with their mentor;
  • Audition preparation;
  • Access to ACO rehearsals.

Selected Emerging Artists go on tour nationally and internationally with the ACO, and it is a testament to the program's success that five former ACO Emerging Artists have been appointed members of the ACO.

2016 Emerging Artists

Benjamin Adler Violin
Nicholas Waters Violin
Riley Skevington Violin
Elizabeth Woolnough Viola
Nathan Greentree Viola
Alexandra Partridge Cello
Bonita Williams Double Bass

This program is made possible through the generous support of The Ross Trust.

 For enquiries, please contact Phillippa Martin, ACO Collective and ACO Virtual Manager on 02 8274 3876 or phillippa.martin@aco.com.au

2017 EA Program Applications

Important information for applicants 

Who can apply: Talented young Australian string players with extensive performance experience, aged between 18 and 27. Eligible applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Applications deadline: TBA

Submitting your application:
In order to submit your application, please send us the following:

  • An unedited CD (no DVDs) recording of your playing, containing two contrasting works or movements, at least one of which should be with piano accompaniment. You may also include a chamber work but this must be in addition to, not instead of, the two contrasting works;

  • A current CV;

  • Completed application form.  Download the application form here 

Completed applications should be mailed to:
ACO Emerging Artist Program
PO Box R21
Royal Exchange NSW 1225

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to play in small chamber music sessions with members of ACO. Emerging Artists are then selected. Once candidates have been accepted into the program, they will be sent dates for the following year.

For enquiries, please contact Phillippa Martin, ACO Collective and ACO Virtual Manager on 02 8274 3876 or phillippa.martin@aco.com.au