Richard Tognetti will be awarded Wollongong’s Keys to the City, the City of Wollongong announced this week. The violinist and Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra will be recognised by his birth place for his long career in music, including 30 years at the helm of the ACO.

Richard TognettiRichard Tognetti. Photo © Nic Walker

“Richard is well deserving of this recognition from the City of Wollongong,’’ Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said. “He might have been made a National Living Treasure in 1999 but he is from the ‘Gong. He began his studies in Wollongong and while his career has seen him travel the globe, and lead the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 30 years, he has never forgotten his hometown. He returns regularly with the ACO and is a popular performer with local classical music lovers.”

“He is passionate about what he does, a dedicated advocate for the arts, and someone we’re proud to call one of us!” Bradbery said. “Congratulations Richard on this recognition.’’

“It is a great honour to receive the keys to my home city,’’ Tognetti said. “The Orchestra have had the privilege of performing in the Town Hall many times as part of our national subscription season and I look forward to when we can perform to the people of Wollongong again.”

Tognetti follows a long list of Wollongong luminaries to receive the honour, including opera and musical theatre performer Anthony Warlow, who was awarded the Keys to the City in 1997. Tognetti will receive the Keys to the City at a future event.