ACO announce 2019 Emerging Artists

Eight talented young musicians have been selected to participate in the Australian Chamber Orchestra's acclaimed Emerging Artist program in 2019.

ACO announce 2019 Emerging Artists


“We are delighted to announce our eight Emerging Artists for 2019 – the largest ever cohort in the program’s 12-year history,” said ACO Managing Director Richard Evans. “We are immensely proud of the ongoing success of this program, which has seen Emerging Artist alumni go on to work with professional orchestras around the world, including six graduating to become members of the ACO.”

Following a competitive audition process, these exceptional string players will spend the year working closely with the professional musicians of the ACO and rehearsing and performing as members of ACO Collective, the ACO’s education and regional touring ensemble.

The 2019 Emerging Artists are: William Huxtable, 22, Violin, WA Gemma Lee, 23, Violin, NSW Mana Ohashi, 21, Violin, VIC Harry Ward, 22, Violin, NSW Molly Collier-O’Boyle, 25, Viola, QLD Mariette Reefman, 25, Viola, NSW James Morley, 22, Cello, NSW Jaan Pallandi, 23, Double Bass, NSW.

The ACO established the Emerging Artist program in 2007, with the aim of connecting upcoming generations of talented Australian string players with the professional members of the ACO.

Each Emerging Artist is paired up with an ACO mentor, who will provide them with private lessons and guidance throughout the year. The Emerging Artists also receive opportunities to rehearse and perform with the ACO, as well as embark on national tours with ACO Collective, directed by internationally renowned Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

For 2019 Emerging Artist William Huxtable, participation in the program represents an invaluable opportunity to learn from some of the world’s greatest chamber musicians. “One of the most riveting and joyous experiences I’ve had was participating on a side by side tour with the ACO in early 2018, as an Australian National Academy of Music student,” said Huxtable.

“So to have the opportunity to perform and rehearse with ACO musicians throughout 2019 is incredibly exciting. They are insightful, innovative and inspiring people who are very fun to work and perform with and I also have the wonderful opportunity to be mentored by ACO violinist Glenn Christensen. “One of my passions in music is chamber music and I can’t wait to spend the year surrounded by some of the best in the world at it.”

A testament to the program’s success, Emerging Artist alumni can be found performing with professional orchestras and ensembles around the world, including four current members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra: ACO violinists Glenn Christensen, Liisa Pallandi, and Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba, and ACO violist Elizabeth Woolnough


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