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Tognetti. Mendelssohn. Bach.

Mon 23 Sep

Sparks fly and melodies soar when Richard Tognetti directs music close to the ACO’s heart.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is one of the most acclaimed chamber orchestras in the world and is renowned for their inspired programming, unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality. Under the direction of Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, they take audiences on the adventure to create truly transformative experiences.

Mendelssohn’s music is pure pleasure. One of the great prodigies, he wrote his sunny Octet at just 16 years of age. It’s one of the most loved pieces of chamber music ever written and a favourite of the ACO. In their hands, its youthful exuberance just about leaps off the stage.  

Moving from one young genius to another: the ACO presents a new commission from trailblazing young composer Jakub Jankowski in his first work for string orchestra. Hailing from Adelaide, he’s a fresh voice in classical music. Opening the program, Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s pulsating octet Illumine makes a striking contrast with the Mendelssohn.  

If Mendelssohn is pleasure, then Bach is worship.  

Bach sought God in his music and became like a god for musicians, a touchstone to which all other music is compared. His music is filled with drama, joy and remarkable discipline. Hearing it, playing it, is an act of worship.  

That is an altar to which Richard Tognetti will return to again and again. His recordings of Bach’s violin music won three successive ARIA Awards. Live, his interpretation of the great Violin Concerto in A minor is a powerful experience: intimate and electrifying.  

Like all the best performances, this concert will remind you of why you love music. 

Tickets are available for purchase through the ACO website.


  • One of the most cutting-edge virtuoso string ensembles to be found anywhere in the world. - The Chicago Tribune
  • To listen to the Australian Chamber Orchestra is to experience sensory overload. - The Times
  • An orchestra that, by any standards, is one of the wonders of the musical world today. - The Guardian UK


Anna Thorvaldsdottir Illumine 

Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Concerto in A minor 

Jakub Jankowski New Commission (World Premiere)* 

Felix Mendelssohn Octet 

*Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. 


Director & Violin Richard Tognetti

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