ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä

Satu Vänskä

Principal Violin
Chair sponsored by Kay Bryan

Satu is the curator, frontwoman, violinist and vocalist of ACO Underground, the ACO’s electro-infused, experimental spin-off band. With ACO Underground, Satu has performed collaborations with artists including Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie and the Violent Femmes’ Brian Ritchie in venues including New York’s Le Poisson Rouge and Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, and at Slovenia’s Maribor Festival.

Satu has also performed as vocalist in the ACO’s cross-artform productions Mountain and The Reef, the latter of which was toured to New York’s 92nd Y and Los Angeles’ Disney Hall. Her turn as vocalist and violinist in Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret, which she performed alongside Humphries and cabaret sensation Meow Meow in London and at the US’s Tanglewood Festival, saw The Guardian UK declare “[Vänskä] should consider a career as a singer, if she ever gives up the violin.”

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