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:

  • Paid, intensive chamber music rehearsals and chamber orchestra performances with members of the ACO;
  • Private lessons with an ACO mentor;
  • Audition preparation;
  • Access to ACO rehearsals and concerts.

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.

Emerging Artists’ Program 2018 

Applications are now closed

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, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

Applications deadline: Friday 31 March 2017 at 5.30pm.

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 Artists' Program
PO Box R21
Royal Exchange NSW 1225

Candidates will be sent their first round results by Tuesday 18 April 2017.

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.

Audition Dates 

Live audition dates for candidates who proceed to the second round of auditions are the following:

Melbourne | Sunday 7 and Monday 8 May 2017
Stage Door Suite, Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Adelaide | Tuesday 9 May 2017
Adelaide Town Hall

Perth | Wednesday 10 May 2017
Perth Concert Hall

Sydney | Saturday 13 and Friday 19 May 2017
ACO Studio, Sydney

Brisbane | Monday 15 May
QPAC, Brisbane

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

2017 Emerging Artists

Natalia Harvey Violin
ACO mentor: Ike See

Kyla Matsuura-Miller Violin
ACO mentor: Aiko Goto

Rollin Zhao Violin
ACO mentor: Liisa Pallandi

Justin Julian Viola
ACO mentor: Nicole Divall

Jack Ward Cello
ACO mentor: Timo-Veikko Valve

John Keene Double Bass
ACO mentor: Maxime Bibeau

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