ACO Shorts: Meet the Musicians

ACO Shorts: Meet the Musicians

The ACO is a small but mighty ensemble of 17 string players from across the globe. Here you can enjoy intimate performances of music close to their hearts with special appearances from furry friends and more.


ACO Shorts: Meet the Musicians
  • ACO Violin Ike See and ACO Viola Liz Woolnough

    Step inside The Shakespeare Room at State Library of New South Wales and watch ACO Violin Ike See and ACO Viola Elizabeth Woolnough perform a sparkling rendition of Bach's Two Part Inventions, No.4 (BVW 775) & No. 6 (BWV 777).

  • Richard & Satu At Home: Paganini, Ysaÿe & Beethoven

    In August 26, 2021, ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä invited us into their home for exhilarating and fiendishly virtuosic duet performances of Paganini, Ysaÿe, and Beethoven, as well as a special encore.

  • Stef At Home: Manuel de Falla

    Principal Viola Stefanie Farrands performs her own arrangements of music by Manuel de Falla and Diego Ortiz. This spectacular video was filmed in Tasmania in 2021.

  • ACO Principal Bass Maxime Bibeau

    ACO Principal Bass Maxime Bibeau performs Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ ‘Bass Trip’ at the Sydney Opera House

    Max on 'Bass Trip':

    "..the piece has always resonated with me. It’s a journey that builds and builds, and is filled with raw expression mixed with beauty and warmth (while also being...

  • Bach Cello Suite No.1 | ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve

    ACO Principal Cello Tipi immerses us in sublime Bach, overlooked by the stunning stained glass window of Sydney's St. James' church.

    He is performing the stunning Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No.1.

  • ACO Shorts: Meet Satu Vänskä

    ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä shares rare insights into her early life, learning music from a young age, and highlights in her career to date, including joining the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

  • Helena & Aiko At Home: Haydn and Bartók

    ACO Principal Violin Helena Rathbone and ACO Violin Aiko Goto perform vibrant and uplifting duets by Haydn and Bartók from Helena's home, in 2021.

  • Tipi At Home: Gabrielli & Sibelius

    ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko 'Tipi' Valve performs a set of solo works by Domenico Gabrielli and Jean Sibelius.

  • Maja At Home: The Balkan Express

    “I created this video as an homage to my former homeland of Yugoslavia and as a way of sharing our culture, but also with the intention of making people smile and remember that we’re all in this together.”
    - ACO Violin Maja Savnik

    Infused with virtuosic performances of folk music, traditional ...

  • Melissa At Home: Bach Cello Suite in G Major

    ACO cellist Melissa Barnard gives a sparkling performance of the Courante from Bach’s G Major Cello Suite, recorded on a south coast beach in New South Wales.

    Melissa says of the work: “I took my cello to the beach to play some Bach… I’m not sure that Monsieur Vuillaume from Paris who made it co...

  • ACO Violin Ike See and ACO Cello Julian Thompson

    ACO Violin Ike See and ACO Cello Julian Thompson give stunning performance of Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen’s Passacaglia.

  • Satu At Home: Paganini's Caprice for Violin No. 5

    In this performance, ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä questions what happens when you combine one of Paganini’s most fiendish caprices with a character created by a Russian dramatist.

    Satu’s quirky, isolation-fuelled interpretation of Paganini’s virtuosic Caprice for Violin No. 5, filmed in 2020...

  • Tipi At Home: Sculthorpe’s 'Requiem for Cello Alone'

    "The idea of using the Plainsong Requiem Mass as source material for a work has interested me for some years, and it continues to do so," composer Peter Sculthorpe says of his Requiem for Cello Alone.

    The genre particularly suits the richness of the cello, and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko ‘...

  • ACO Violin Ilya & Friends

    ACO Violin Ilya Isakovich presents the 'Nocturno' from Borodin's Second String Quartet, alongside the former ACO viola Nikki Divall, ACO Cello Melissa Barnard and ACO Violin Maja Savnik.

    Ilya says: "Borodin’s 'Nocturno' from the second String Quartet is a piece that holds a special place in my ...

  • Liisa & Tipi At Home: Biber's 'Sonata representativa'

    ACO Violin Liisa Pallandi and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve give an intimate duet recital of the 'Sonata representativa', composed in around 1669 by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Recorded from their Sydney home in isolation.