EMERGING ARTISTS

2015 Emerging Artists. Photo Jack Saltmiras.

2017 Applications are now closed.

The ACO's Emerging Artists' Program connects the next generation of talented young Australian string players with members of the ACO. As a small, permanent ensemble, the ACO is uniquely positioned to offer young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform with its renowned players in an ongoing mentoring situation over an annual concert season. The program 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 for a mock audition held at the end of the program;

  • 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 former Emerging Artists’ Rebecca Chan, Madeleine Boud, Liisa Pallandi and Glenn Christensen have all been appointed members of the ACO. In 2016, Emerging Artists travel to regional Western Australia and NSW with ACO Collective.

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 Australia Council for the Arts and The Ross Trust.

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: Friday 1 April 2016 COB. 

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.

2017 Audition Dates

Successful applicants invited through to the live audition process will be required to audition on the following dates in their home state capital:

  • Melbourne | Monday 9 May

  • Adelaide | Tuesday 10 May

  • Perth | Wednesday 11 May

  • Brisbane | Monday 16 May

  • Sydney | Wednesday 18 May & Friday 20 May (TBC)

Please note that all live audition dates are subjetct to change. Auditions for successful candidates from ACT, NT and Tasmania will be coordinated to take place in the above states as required.

FINAL RESULTS WILL BE SENT TO CANDIDATES BETWEEN 6-10 JUNE 2016.

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