Irish Chamber Orchestra
Irish Chamber Orchestra is Ireland’s most dynamic ensemble. Mixing traditional repertoire with new commissions and collaborating with everyone from DJs to dance companies, ICO pushes the boundaries of what a chamber orchestra can do. From Electric Picnic as Mozartfest, ICO delivers world-class concerts feted for its energy and style.
Celebrated Austrian Violinist Thomas Zehetmair is Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner. Zehetmair’s enthusiasm and commitment is matched by the orchestra itself, led by the ebullient Katherine Hunka, and comprises of 22 outstanding musicians. ICO’s special rapport creates the unique sound that has captivated audiences all over the world.
Each year, Ireland’s busiest chamber ensemble presents concert seasons in Limerick and Dublin, embarks on two national tours, and makes a series of prestigious international appearances supported by Culture Ireland.
ICO’s ground-breaking initiative, Sing Out with Strings (SOWS), offers primary school children in Limerick the chance to learn free music. Now in its 15th year, the project has been hailed as a model of social inclusion, offering opportunities for young people, developing key life skills, and providing tangible long-term benefits for participants, families, and the wider community. ICO’s SOWS Online was developed in 2021 providing music tutorials on a worldwide platform with free access to lessons and demonstrations by ICO musicians.
The Irish Chamber Orchestra, funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
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