Australia’s musical future is coming to Burnie

Monday, 10 November 2014

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s precocious little sister, ACO2, will perform at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on Thursday 13 November 2014 at 8pm.

Norwegian violinist and Guest Director Henning Kraggerud leads ACO2 in a concert featuring music by two of the great Scandinavian romantic composers. The program will include Sibelius and Grieg.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “This performance follows the very popular Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performance in Burnie last week. Chamber music fans are certainly getting a treat with another orchestral experience.”

ACO2 connects the next generation of talented young Australian musicians with the stars of the Australia Chamber Orchestra (ACO), creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. The young musicians have all participated in the ACO's Emerging Artist Program and many already play in the state symphony orchestras but choose to spend time experiencing the ACO's high-octane performance style. The best go on to tour nationally and internationally with the ACO. ACO2 delivers the ACO's regional touring and education programs.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre’s Director, Geoff Dobson said, “Don’t miss this chance to hear musicians from Australia’s most dynamic and critically acclaimed orchestra performing with the stars of the future.”

Guest Director Henning Kraggerud must be considered among the world’s most interesting and accomplished stars. He is an artist of exquisite musicianship, who combines an unusually sweet tone and beauty of expression with impressive virtuosity, drawing audiences and critics alike towards the genuine quality of his playing.

Henning performs regularly on both violin and viola at the major international festivals. Born in Oslo in 1973, Henning studied with Camilla Wicks and Emanuel Hurwitz. He is a recipient of Norway's prestigious Grieg Prize and in 2007 was awarded the Sibelius Prize. Henning has also played with the London Philharmonic, Hallé, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Poznan Philharmonic and is a Professor at the Barratt-Due music conservatoire in Oslo.

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728