ACO Academy

Twenty-three talented school students from across Australia have been selected via a competitive audition process to participate in the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s (ACO) acclaimed ACO Academy program for 2019.

ACO Academy

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Led by ACO violinist Aiko Goto, ACO Academy will see these young string players, aged between 12-18 years, travel to Sydney to participate in a week of intensive rehearsals, lessons and workshops with the professional musicians of the ACO. The week will culminate in a free public concert on Friday 12 July at the City Recital Hall. One of Australia’s most exciting emerging musicians, 16-year old violinist Emily Su, has been invited by the ACO to perform as soloist in the program. The young violinist, who has participated in ACO Academy each year since 2015, will take centre stage in Vivaldi’s evocative ‘La Tempesta’ Violin Concerto.

Emily describes ACO Academy as an immensely rewarding musical experience and a highlight of her year. “It’s an honour to be able to work closely with such talented and experienced professional musicians, who I had admired from afar at ACO concerts,” said Emily. “I have learnt so much about cohesive chamber rehearsal and performance from my participation in ACO Academy, and this year I am really looking forward to working with the amazing ACO musicians and fellow Academy students in a different capacity, as soloist.”

ACO Academy is open to school aged students advanced in violin, viola, cello or double bass. Following a competitive online audition process, participants spend an inspirational week in intensive rehearsals where they will develop skills in technical accuracy, ensemble playing and performance technique, as well as gain insight into the life of a professional ACO musician. The program forms part of the ACO’s national Learning & Engagement program, which aims to support, inspire and provide enrichment opportunities for the next generation of Australian musicians.

Since its beginnings in 2012, ACO Academy has grown from strength to strength, with six Academy alumni being selected to participate in the ACO’s renowned Emerging Artist program.

ACO Academy is supported by BNP Paribas.

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