The ACO acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as traditional owners of this land. It’s a space on which we’ll be proud to work and create.
The last 46 years has seen the remarkable transformation of the ACO from a small group of passionate musicians rehearsing above a shop in Kings Cross, to the international orchestra you know and love today. With the help of our incredible audiences and supporters, we’ve grown into a world-renowned ensemble, and our commitment to collaboration, creating new work and cultivating new talent has earned us a singular place in Australia’s cultural landscape.
Throughout the decades, including the last two in underground premises in Circular Quay, we’ve dreamed of a permanent home, a place where great music is not just created and performed but truly shared – with everyone. Pier 2/3 is that home. Perched above a breathtaking expanse of the harbour in the heart of Sydney’s revitalised cultural precinct, it’s the kind of space that throws the doors of possibility wide open, inviting collaboration, outreach, education and innovation on a whole new level. Thanks to the investment of the NSW Government, together with our generous Pier 2/3 Foundation Patrons, our dream has become a reality.
“The opportunity for the ACO to finally have a permanent home at Pier 2/3 has been an ambitious and long-held dream, one that has been decades in the making, and represents a new era for the ACO and for our supporters.
“Our relocation to the vibrant, inspiring, and collaborative Walsh Bay Arts Precinct ushers in a vast spectrum of new programs and opportunities, from the expansion of our Learning & Engagement programs, to hosting engaging and provocative talks and ideas, and intimate recitals that spotlight the extraordinary talents of my colleagues in the Orchestra.
“None of this is possible without you, our generous supporters. Thanks to you, Pier 2/3 will not just be a new space for the ACO; it will be a home for all of us – now, and for generations to come.”
- Richard Tognetti, AO
Artistic Director & Lead Violin