The Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) recently delivered the inaugural Virtual Academy which provided young musicians the chance to be mentored by professionals from the comfort of their own home.
The academy is open to secondary school students advanced in violin, viola, cello, or double bass. Sixteen talented string players were for chosen the academy’s 2020 program which was delivered online for the first time.
The program, led by ACO violinist Aiko Goto ran from July 6-9, including intensive virtual masterclasses, private one-on-one lessons, technical tutorials, workshops, and specialised discussions all designed to provide career guidance and skill development for the young musicians.
Tara Smith, Director of Learning and Engagement at the ACO said, “Since its beginnings in 2012, ACO Academy has continued to grow from strength to strength.
“This year we will harness the opportunities technology provides to offer bespoke and inspirational learning experiences for these talented musicians. I can’t wait to see the results of our ACO musicians connecting with students in this way!”
The ACO is supported by BNP Paribas, which forms part of the ACO’s national Learning and Engagement program which aims to open pathways, provide support, and inspire the next generation of Australian musicians.
Karine Delvallée, Chief Executive Officer at BNP Paribas, Australia and New Zealand, said, “BNP Paribas has been the Presenting Partner of the ACO Academy since 2017. Through this program, we are proud to support the ACO and grow the next generation of Australian musicians.
“It’s wonderful to see how the Academy has helped the careers of many of its students over the years.”
By Rida Babar