Peter Weiss AO, Patron


"A work of art, beautiful to behold on an aesthetic level, a valuable antique, a useful and practical tool supplying the most wonderful music in the hands of a dedicated professional. To purchase one and sponsor an artist, allowing the artist to ply his trade with the best available tool, is both an investment and an act of philanthropy, giving joy to innumerable concert-goers and CD buyers."  Private Wealth Investor magazine

Become a Patron of the ACO Instrument Fund and participate in the ownership of a bank of historic stringed instruments for use by ACO's extraordinary musicians. Our aim is to fill the Orchestra with the finest instruments from the Golden Age of string making, to deepen the richness and colour of Australia's finest orchestra.

The Fund’s first asset was Australia’s only Stradivarius violin, now on loan to Satu Vänskä, a Principal Violin with the Orchestra. The Fund’s second asset is a 1714 violin by Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae, now on loan to Maja Savnik, a Violinist with the Orchestra.


To find out more about supporting the ACO Instrument Fund with a fully tax deductible donation, please contact Sally Crawford, Patrons Manager, at or on (02) 8274 3830. 

For information about investing in the fund (wholesale investors only), please click here or contact Yeehwan Yeoh, Investor Relations Manager, at or on (02) 8274 3878.


The ACO pays tribute to its Founding Patrons of the Fund, who made donations to the Orchestra to assist the Fund to acquire the Stradivarius violin.


Peter Weiss AO 

CONCERTO - $200,000 - $499,999

The late Amina Belgiorno-Nettis

Naomi Milgrom AO

OCTET - $100,000 - $199,999

John Taberner

QUARTET - $50,000 to $99,999

John Leece AM and Anne Leece


ENSEMBLE $10,000 – $24,999

Leslie & Ginny Green

Peter J Boxall AO & Karen Chester

Leslie C. Thiess

PATRON $500 – $4,999

Michael Bennett & Patti Simpson

Leith & Darrel Conybeare

Dr Jane Cook

Geoff & Denise Illing

Luana & Kelvin King

Jane Kunstler

John Landers & Linda Sweeny

Genevieve Lansell

Bronwyn & Andrew Lumsden

Patricia McGregor

Trevor Parkin

Elizabeth Pender

Peter and Victoria Shorthouse

Robyn Tamke

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