ACO 2020 Emerging Artists

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has announced the seven talented young musicians who have been selected to participate in its acclaimed Emerging Artist program in 2020.

ACO 2020 Emerging Artists

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Following a competitive audition process, these exceptional string players will pend the year working closely with the professional musicians of the ACO and rehearsing and performing as members of ACO Collective, the ACO’s education and regional touring ensemble.

The 2020 Emerging Artists are:

Amanda Chen, 22, Violin, NSW

Phoebe Gardner, 22, Violin, NSW
Tim Yu, 22, Violin, VIC
Leanne McGowan, 18, Violin, QLD
Dana Lee, 19, Viola, NSW
Daniel Smith, 26, Cello, QLD
Rohan Dasika, 28, Double Bass

The ACO established its Emerging Artist program in 2007, with the aim of connecting
upcoming generations of talented Australian string players with the professional
members of the ACO. Each Emerging Artist is paired up with an ACO mentor, who will
provide them with private lessons and guidance throughout the year. The Emerging
Artists also receive opportunities to rehearse and perform with the ACO, perform
chamber music concerts in concert venues including the Sydney Opera House and
embark on regional tours with ACO Collective.

For 2020 Emerging Artist Phoebe Gardner, the program represents an opportunity to
learn from musicians who have inspired her throughout her journey as a violinist: “I am
really excited to work with my mentor, ACO violinist Aiko Goto, and other ACO musicians
this year. Their absolute commitment to the music inspires me to be bold and push the
boundaries both technically and artistically in my own music making.”

Testament to the program’s success, Emerging Artist alumni can be found performing
with professional orchestras and ensembles around the world, including five current
members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra: ACO violinists Glenn Christensen,
Liisa Pallandi, and Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, ACO Principal Viola Stefanie Farrands
and ACO violist Elizabeth Woolnough.

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