Seven string players on the brink of their professional careers will enjoy mentorship and side-by-side opportunites with the ACO, as well as numerous performance engagements around Australia

2024 ACO EAs

The ACO emerging artists for 2024. Clockwise from top left: James Armstrong, Beatrice Colombis, Liam Freisberg, Andrew Crothers, Ariel Volovelsky, Natalie Mavridis and Caroline Renn |

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The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) has announced its emerging artists for 2024. The cohort comprises seven string players, who will undergo professional development by working closely with ACO musicians and rehearsing and performing as members of ACO Collective, the ACO’s education and regional touring ensemble.

The emerging artists are:

Violin: James Armstrong, Beatrice Colombis, Liam Freisberg and Natalie Mavridis

Viola: Andrew Crothers

Cello: Ariel Volovelsky

Double bass: Caroline Renn

’It was a great challenge for me to audition and I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of the programme,’ says violinist James Armstrong. ’I really love that a key part of the programme is regional touring - it’s so important that we share our music as far and wide as we can, so it will be wonderful to have the chance to connect with regional communities with the ACO Collective.’

The ACO emerging artists scheme was initiated in 2005 and aims to connect young, talented Australian musicians at the outset of their professional careers, with the ACO, for a programme of intensive learning, one-to-one mentorship, and side-by-side professional performance opportunities. Numerous alumni have gone on to become regular performers with ACO on the mainstage, as well as permanent appointments to the ACO, professional orchestras in Australia and further abroad.

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