ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti

Richard Tognetti

Artistic Director & Lead Violin
Chair sponsored by Wendy Edwards, Peter & Ruth McMullin, Louise & Martyn Myer AO and Andrew & Andrea Roberts.

Richard performs on period, modern and electric instruments and his numerous arrangements, compositions and transcriptions have expanded the chamber orchestra repertoire and been performed throughout the world.

As director or soloist, Tognetti has appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Academy of Ancient Music, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Nordic Chamber Orchestra and all the major Australian symphony orchestras, most recently as soloist and director with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

The 1743 Guarneri Violin

The Guarneri del Gesù violin

Find our more about the Guarneri del Gesù violin Richard performs on, on extended loan from an anonymous Australian private benefactor.

Richard was the co-composer of the score for Peter Weir’s film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe; he co-composed the soundtrack to Tom Carroll’s surf film Storm Surfers; and created The Red Tree, inspired by Shaun Tan’s book. He also created the documentary film Musica Surfica, as well as The Glide, The Reef, and The Crowd.

Most recently, Richard collaborated with Director Jennifer Peedom and Stranger Than Fiction Films to create the film Mountain for the ACO.

Photo of ACO Artistic Director & Lead Violin Richard Tognetti
Photo of ACO Artistic Director & Lead Violin Richard Tognetti
Photo of ACO Artistic Director & Lead Violin Richard Tognetti
Photo of ACO Artistic Director & Lead Violin Richard Tognetti
Photo of ACO Artistic Director & Lead Violin Richard Tognetti
Richard was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2010. He holds honorary doctorates from three Australian universities and was made a National Living Treasure in 1999. Most recently, he was awarded the JC Williamson Award for longstanding service to the live performing industry by the Helpmann Awards in 2017.