“There is a taut vivacity to the playing of this orchestra that’s easily traced to the geniality of the group.”
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 Jörg Widmann (Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner), aiming to expand audiences with his remarkable vision. Under the leadership of Katherine Hunka, the orchestra is one of Ireland’s busiest touring ensembles, both nationally and internationally.
In 2017/18 Jörg Widmann turned his attention to the music of Schubert and Schumann, alongside his own innovative works. The ICO firmly believes Widmann’s approach to be the way of the future for classical music, and is confident that he will continue to shape and develop the orchestra with his artistic insight and brilliance.
The Orchestra has successfully toured across Europe, Australia, South Korea, China and the US. Since his first appearance (Berlin 2007), Jörg Widmann has injected unprecedented energy which has seen the orchestra appear at prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.
“Appetite duly whetted, expectations raised, this was a Radamisto securely rooted in David Brophy’s sure footed, sensitive and sleek conducting of an Irish Chamber Orchestra on ravishingly idiomatic form”.
“Widmann and the players of the ICO matched him (Levit) in scale and style wherever he chose to go”