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 2019 

Applications are now open

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: Tuesday 3 April 2018, 5.30pm 

Submitting your application:
In order to submit your application, please email caitlin.gilmour@aco.com.au the following: 

  • An unedited recording (no videos) 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;

  • Complete the online application form below. 

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Hard-Copy Application Form
(please submit this form if you are having difficulties accessing the Online Version)

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 24 and Monday 25 June 2018
Stage Door Suite, Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Adelaide | Tuesday 26 June 2018 
Adelaide Town Hall

Perth | Wednesday 27 June 2018
Perth Concert Hall

Sydney | Tuesday 3 July and Wednesday 4 July 2018
City Recital Hall, Sydney 

For enquiries, please contact Caitlin Gilmour, ACO Collective Manager on 02 8274 3871 or caitlin.gilmour@aco.com.au.

2018 Emerging Artists

Lily Higston-Spence Violin
ACO mentor: Helena Rathbone

Sonia Wilson Violin
ACO mentor: Aiko Goto

Mia Stanton Violin
ACO mentor: Liisa Pallandi

Beth Condon Viola
ACO mentor: Nicole Divall

Henry Justo Viola
ACO mentor: Caroline Henbest

Eliza Sdraulig Cello
ACO mentor: Melissa Barnard

Jaan Pallandi Double Bass
ACO mentor: Maxime Bibeau

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

For enquiries, please contact Caitlin Gilmour, ACO Collective Manager on 02 8274 3871 or caitlin.gilmour@aco.com.au.