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 2020 

Applications Open Now

Essential Criteria for Applicants:

  • Australian string players aged between 18 - 27;
  • Must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen;
  • And have extensive performance experience.

Applications close COB Wed 24 Apr 2019

How to Apply
In order to submit your application, please complete an online form or email caitlin.gilmour@aco.com.au the following: 

  • An unedited MP3 or WAV audio recording (no videos) of you:

    • Two contrasting works or movements, at least one of which should be with piano accompaniment;

    • Optional chamber music work;

    • Please list the title and composer of the pieces you are submitting.

  • A current CV;

  • Complete the online application form below. 


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to play in small chamber music sessions with members of ACO.

Audition Dates 

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

Brisbane | Mon 17 Jun 2019
Adelaide Town Hall

Perth | Wed 19 Jun 2019
Perth Concert Hall

Melbourne | Sun 23 Jun - Mon 24 Jun 2019
Stage Door Suite, Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Sydney | Wed 26 Jun - Fri 28 Jun 2019
City Recital Hall, Sydney 

For enquiries, please contact Caitlin Gilmour, Emerging Artists Coordinator 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.