ACO Appoints Stefanie Farrands as Principal Viola

The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) is delighted to announce the appointment of Australian violist Stefanie Farrands to the position of Principal Viola.

ACO Appoints Stefanie Farrands as Principal Viola

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Farrands, who grew up in Melbourne before embarking on a successful career as a chamber and orchestral musician in Australia and abroad, credits the ACO with inspiring her love of chamber music and describes joining the Orchestra as a long-held aspiration.

The ACO holds a special place in my heart because the Orchestra helped mould me into the musician I am today,” said Farrands. “To grow up attending ACO concerts, followed by going through the ACO Emerging Artist program at the age of 19, sparked all kinds of dreams and introduced me to the world of chamber music.

“I’m honoured to join this group of musicians who all care deeply about their craft and constantly strive to push the boundaries; they re-think what is possible every time they come together. Playing with the ACO challenges me, feeds my soul and constantly inspires me to be a greater musician.”

This appointment follows an extensive four-year search, during which seven violists selected from an international pool of candidates were trialled for the Principal Viola position.

Prior to her appointment with the ACO, Farrands was Principal Viola with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 2015. She has performed extensively throughout Europe, America, Asia and Australia with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Camerata Salzburg and has performed as Guest Principal Viola with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Australian World Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Farrands has won numerous awards and chamber music prizes including the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition (as a member of the Hamer Quartet) and has been recipient of the Freedman Classic Fellowship. She grew up in Melbourne and studied at the Australian National Academy of Music before continuing her studies with the renowned violist Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.

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