2022 Musician Highlights

Find out what some of the ACO Musicians are most looking forward to as part of our bold and intrepid 2022 Season. 2022 marks the return of our extensive National Concert Season and represents a transformative new era for the ACO as we move into our new home in Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Walsh Bay Arts Precinct.

Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director

“From a tiny room above a shop in Kings Cross to our subterranean ‘bunker’ at Circular Quay, I have long harboured a dream that the ACO would one day have a permanent home of our own. 2022 marks the fulfilment of that dream, as we move into our new premises at Pier 2/3 in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Pier 2/3 brings with it an extraordinary spectrum of inspiring creative opportunities for the ACO, from the expansion of our Learning & Engagement programs to a recital series highlighting the talents of my colleagues in the Orchestra. I cannot wait to share these new programs with our audiences both in our new home and right across the country.”

Melissa Barnard, Cello

“I’m looking forward to getting back on stage, in LIVE performance mode, to finally communicate directly with each other as musicians and with our very-much-missed audiences! We have all missed the personal, real-time thrill of live performance so much and will never take it for granted. I really miss that aspect of live performance where you never quite know what’s about to happen… I’m personally very excited to be playing our American program, featuring the music of John Adams, Samuel Adams and Morton Feldman among other American or American-inspired works. And also the more intimate Bach programme - it’s always so lovely to be able to inhabit the jewel-like world of the Baroque for a time.”

Julian Thompson, Cello

“Firing up the year with James Crabb’s tango wizardry, mix it up with a couple of Jazz masters, a healthy serving of the peerless JS Bach and sons, a sprinkle of Schubert’s chamber music magic and rounding out the year with a trip to America with Dvorak’s much loved String Quartet. We’re all itching to get back on stage in front of our beloved audiences around Oz. 2022 looks to be an absolutely cracking year!”

Helena Rathbone, Principal Violin

“I think that 2022 is going to be a very special year. I am so looking forward to being able to travel around Australia again and play for our wonderful audiences. The ACO year will start with one of the best musicians around, James Crabb who will transport us to another world with his breathtaking Classical accordion playing. Another highlight of the year for me will be our Emerging Artists Program and ACO Collective which includes a Baroque program with Erin Helyard, a tour of regional WA and our festival in the idyllic surroundings of Margaret River at Vasse Felix winery. Working with some of the country’s most talented young musicians is always a privilege and we core ACO musicians involved find it incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.”

Mark Ingwersen, Violin

“It goes without saying that as a musician I’m most looking forward to getting back to playing live music with my colleagues. There is no substitute for being in a room with other people, creating music and experiencing it alongside them – ‘in the moment’. I’m particularly looking forward to playing some of next season’s repertoire. Coming back to Piazzolla after many years away, Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with our new Principal Viola... and the list goes on.”

Satu Vänskä, Principal Violin

“It is beyond exciting that we’ll be moving to a new welcoming home that is open for everyone. Rekindling relationships with our existing audiences as well as making new friends at Pier 2/3. Having a busy house full of music is something that gives us enormous sense of purpose.”

Ilya Isakovich, Violin

“The program I’m looking forward to most in the new season is Sketches of Spain because it carries a personal significance to me. I loved performing Bizet’s opera Carmen during my time in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and it has been a long-time suggestion of mine for Richard to perform Schedrin’s take on that masterpiece because it features the strings and is very virtuosic which suits the ACO perfectly!"

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