ACO Academy

ACO Academy 2024 Showcase

See talented ACO Academy 2024 students in concert, performing an exciting program under the direction of Aiko Goto and ACO Tutors.

Led by ACO Violin Aiko Goto, ACO Academy is an inspirational week of intensive workshops with ACO mentors for top-level secondary students who play violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Students work with ACO musicians to hone their technical and ensemble skills and learn about the ACO’s unique style and interpretation. They build confidence in communicating physical and emotional energy to engage and inspire audiences.

Students also see behind-the-scenes at the ACO and have the opportunity to chat with ACO musicians and staff who share valuable information and advice on careers in music performance and management.

The week includes:
- Chamber orchestra rehearsals focusing on ensemble, technical accuracy, interpretation, and style;
- Chamber music tutorial sessions;
- Presentations by ACO musicians and staff on careers and pathways in music; and
- A public concert at Melbourne's Hanson Dyer Hall.

Supporting partner

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ARENSKY Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op.35a
PROKOFIEV (arr. Strings) Sonata for Solo Violin in D major, Op.115 I. Moderato
MENDELSSOHN String Symphony No.8 in D major



ACO Academy Students

Aiko Goto, Leader & Violin*
Liisa Pallandi, Violin*
Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Violin^
Rollin Zhao, Violin^
Nicole Divall, Viola#
Merewyn Bramble, Viola^
Molly Kadarauch, Cello#
Daniel Smith, Cello^
Ben Hanlon, Double Bass#

*ACO Musician
^ACO Emerging Artist Program Alumni
#ACO Guest Musician