Irish Chamber Orchestra

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra was the first professional orchestra in the country to establish its home outside Dublin.

Since then, the Irish Chamber Orchestra has gained a remarkable reputation as a fresh and vibrant force on the Irish and international music scene.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is Ireland’s finest chamber orchestra, combining high quality performances with an expansive artistic vision. Virtuosic, innovative and creative, the ICO blazes a trail with its unique collaborative approach and its rich relationships with an array of creative partners.

The ICO continues to work with Gábor Takács-Nagy (Principal Artistic Partner) and Jörg Widmann (Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner), seeking to expand audiences with their combined vision. Under the leadership of Katherine Hunka, the orchestra is one of Ireland’s busiest touring ensembles, both nationally and internationally.  

In 2017, the ICO enters its second year of prestigious residencies at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.

The orchestra’s trail-blazing approach continues to attract the world’s finest musicians including István Várdai, Carolin Widmann, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Igor Levit, Thomas Zehetmair, Claron McFadden, Gilles Vonsattel, Gloria Rehm, Jochen Rieder, Sergeij Nakariakov, Tabea Zimmermann, Pekka Kuusisto, James Galway, Jonathan Cohen, Finghin Collins and Michael McHale.

The orchestra has successfully toured across Europe, Australia, South Korea, China and the US. In 2016 the orchestra commenced its first international (3-year) residency in Heidelberg, securing several concerts at the distinguished Heidelberger Frühling Festival with Igor Levit.  

The prestigious Orfeo label has just released the first of a series of three CDs of Mendelssohn’s Symphonies combined with works by Jörg Widmann, as directed by him

Outside the concert hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra inspires and supports communities with a vitality unmatched by other ensembles. Its Sing Out with Stringsinitiative provides free tuition in singing, song writing, violin, viola and cello tuition to 300 children throughout Limerick city - developing not only musical-, but also key life skills through using music as a tool for tangible social change.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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