Aiko Goto in Japan

International Tour: Japan

Follow musicians of the Australian Chamber Orchestra as they rehearse and perform in Tokyo.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has deep personal ties with Japan, and is proud to have close friends and supporters across the country.

The Orchestra first toured to Japan in the 1980s, and has since then returned to play to packed halls across the country.

Artistic Director Richard Tognetti enjoys winter in Niseko, Hokkaido most Januaries, and ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä also visits each year, having grown up in the country in her primary school years. ACO Violin Aiko Goto was born in Japan and is the grandniece of the late Dr Shinichi Suzuki who invented the Suzuki Method of music learning.

This month, we are back in Tokyo, and we will be performing at prestigious Kioi Hall in Tokyo and in the surrounding area, including at Kioi Jazz Week. Here are some of our favourite moments, on and off the stage.

ACO Japan


ACO 2023 tour of Japan - in pictures.

ACO Violin Liisa Pallandi takes in some sight-seeing in her down time. 

Liisa in Japan

Arriving for rehearsals. 

Richard Tognetti and Aiko Goto

Hello ACO Violin Aiko Goto, and ACO Principal Viola Stefanie Farrands!

Stefanie Farrands and Aiko Goto

Rehearsals for Kioi Jazz Week.

Kioi Hall Rehearsals

Kioi Jazz Week

Happy faces coming off stage.

Richard Tognetti and Satu Vanska


We're thrilled to be part of Kioi Jazz Week.

Kioi Jazz Week

On 10 October, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra performed works by Leoš Janáček, Pavel Haas, and Ludwig van Beethoven, to standing ovations from the crowd.

Kioi Hall

ACO Principal Viola Stefanie Farrands has found the dessert to end all desserts.

Stefanie Farrands

More sight-seeing.

Stefanie Farrands

Time for a selfie, led by ACO Violin Aiko Goto! Pictured from the Orchestra, from left to right, top to bottom: ACO Principal Bass Maxime Bibeau, ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve, ACO Principal Violin Helena Rathbone, ACO Violin Ike See, ACO Violin Lisa Pallandi, Tim Yu, ACO Violin Aiko Goto, and Anna da Silva Chen.

Musicians' Selfie


Click here to find out more about the ACO's history of touring and relationship with Japan.