Violinist Ilya Gringolts

ACO 2023: ACO Up Close

A guide to the ACO Up Close performances happening in 2023.



ACO Up Close is your opportunity to experience astonishing musicians in an intimate setting.

Across a series of nine concerts throughout the year, leading soloists from around the world and musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra present fresh and innovative music in a relaxed setting.

Each performance is presented by a host, enabling you to get to know the musicians in their own words and discover more about the music.

ACO Up Close takes place in The Neilson, our state-of-the art 270-seat concert hall at the newly opened ACO Pier 2/3 in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Acclaimed for its extraordinary acoustic, The Neilson provides an intimate context for these concerts. We're thrilled to be presenting two of these concerts in Melbourne as well. See details below.

Russian Violinist Ilya Gringolts

14 February

ACO Up Close: Ilya Gringolts Solo

The violin virtuoso performs a solo recital of stunning Baroque music, including a selection of iconic music by Bach.
ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve

5 & 6 March

ACO & ANAM Up Close

From New York to Northern Lights: Musicians from the ACO and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), directed by ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, showcase the brightest new-generation composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Ólafur Arnalds.
Joseph and James Tawadros

24 March

ACO Up Close: Tawadros Brothers

Joseph (oud) and James (percussion) Tawadros are a musical phenomenon. They step away from a major tour with the ACO for one night only to present an intimate duo concert.
Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

19 May

ACO Up Close: The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

Goldfrapp's Will Gregory is joined by Hazel Mills, Simon Haram and Daniel Moore for an electrifying performance at ACO Pier 2/3.
ACO Underground

10 June

ACO Up Close: ACO Underground

An abrupt History of Music, according to ACO Underground.
The Gewandhaus Orchestra

5 August

ACO Up Close: Musicians of the Gewandhaus

Eight musicians from the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra give an exclusive Sydney performance as part of an Australia tour.
ACO Principal Violin Satu Vanska

26 & 28 August

ACO Up Close: Impressions of France

Musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra take a journey to France as part of the intimate Up Close series.
James Crabb

1 & 2 Dec

ACO Up Close: James Crabb & Anthony Marwood

Witness accordion virtuoso James Crabb and British violinist Anthony Marwood in a thrilling collaboration, up close and personal at ACO Pier 2/3.
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