Celebrating 30 years with Richard Tognetti

2020 marks Richard Tognetti’s 30th year as the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s (ACO) Artistic Director. In celebration of his versatility and contribution to the Orchestra as arranger, composer, champion of new works and lost gems, and as a source of inspiration for new music, this program is a chance to look to the future as much as the past.

From the past is Tognetti’s acclaimed arrangement of Haas’s From The Monkey Mountains, a vivid tone poem composed in a Nazi ghetto that imagines a carefree life beyond the walls where the “rhythm of the open countryside and birdsong… the warm song of the human heart” resonate.

Looking to the future is the world premiere of a new work for electric violin by Samuel Adams, 33-year-old composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music and son of 20th century giant John Adams, written especially for Tognetti’s 30th anniversary with the Orchestra.

Tognetti’s progressive edge is highlighted in his own composition, Beyond, with vocals provided by the ACO’s Satu Vänskä, and in a new approach to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, long a favourite of the Orchestra and beloved of ACO audiences, now channelled through Scottish composer and electronica explorer Anna Meredith.

In its Australian premiere, Meredith’s Anno intertwines Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with new compositions for electronics and string orchestra, moving through the seasons to create one continuous musical year that offers a fresh and invigorated experience of Vivaldi’s masterpiece. Featuring Richard Tognetti as soloist, Meredith herself will join the ACO to perform live electronics for these performances, a reminder of the adventure and imagination that has characterised this Orchestra and its artistic leader for 30 years.


Richard Tognetti Director – Violin & Electric Violin
Satu Vänskä –  Vocals
Anna Meredith – Electronics
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Samuel Adams New Work for Electric Violin and Strings – World Premiere* 12′
Richard Tognetti Beyond 4′
Haas String Quartet No.2 “From the Monkey Mountains” (arr. Tognetti) 32′
Anna Meredith / Vivaldi Anno: Four Seasons – Australian Premiere 51′

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