ACO Soloists - Australian Chamber Orchestra

ACO Soloists

5 - 19 May 2017


RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER Andante for Strings
VIVALDI Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in G minor, RV578
JAMES LEDGER The Natural Order of Things (World Premiere)*
LOCATELLI Violin Concerto in D major The Harmonic Labyrinth
DEBUSSY (arr. Jack Symonds) Sonata for Cello and Piano
MENDELSSOHN (arr. strings) String Quartet No.2 in A minor

* Commissioned by David & Sandy Libling in celebration of the life of Simon Libling.


Satu Vänskä Director & Violin
Glenn Christensen Violin
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello

In a group the size of the ACO, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists.

This program showcases the extraordinary talents of the ACO’s musicians. Principal Violin Satu Vänskä takes on the devilishly dazzling Harmonic Labyrinth by Locatelli, whose concerto bears the inscription “facilis aditus, difficilis exitus” – easy to enter, difficult to exit. Following her stunning performance of Paganini’s Moses Fantasy in 2016, Satu will have you on the edge of your seat as she shreds the Locatelli with her customary flair.

Joining her in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins and Cello is one of the Orchestra’s newest players, Glenn Christensen. Glenn first performed with the ACO in 2001 as a member of Gondwana Voices, then in 2014 as an Emerging Artist. He has since blossomed as a full-time member of the ACO.

Another of our renowned Principals, cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, will play his glorious Guarneri filius Andreæ in a new arrangement of Debussy’s mercurial and eloquent Sonata for Cello and Piano. The sonata was written in 1915, three years before the composer’s death,  and is here reimagined in this new formation written specially for the ACO and Tipi.

The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★½ "Violin virtuoso Satu Vänskä turned triple somersaults backwards on the violin to meet the demands of Locatelli's Violin Concerto in D major."

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The Australian

"Superb lyricism…a masterclass in technique." 

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Arts Centre Melbourne, with Lucy Rash
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Perth Concert Hall, with Roslind Appleby
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Tue 16 May 7.15pm
Wed 17 May 6.15pm
Fri 19 May 12.45pm

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