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Artist Profile:
National Symphony Orchestra

Patron: Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland
Chief Conductor: Jaime Martín

Founded in 1948, the National Symphony Orchestra has been at the centre of Ireland’s cultural life for 75 years.

Resident orchestra of the National Concert Hall since its opening in 1981, it is a leading force in Irish music through its varied, year-long programmes of live concerts, innovative educational projects and mentoring scheme for young musicians. Recordings and broadcasts on RTÉ and internationally through the European Broadcasting Union extend its reach.

With more than 30 concerts and events for families and schools, the 2023-24 season includes concerts in Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Galway. Chief conductor Jaime Martín will conduct nine concerts, including the season’s curtain raiser, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, and its finale, Verdi’s Requiem.

Attracting the cream of international and Irish talent, the season sees mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and pianist Wayne Marshall making their NSO debuts.

A commitment to new music sees two NSO-commissioned world premieres by Brian Byrne and Shaun Davey; the Irish premiere of Gerald Barry’s Aus Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant; and European premiere of Australian composer Joe Chindamo’s, Ligeia.

The season also marks the centenary of Charles Villiers Stanford’s death with the mini-series, Stanford 100, and we celebrate the Royal Irish Academy of Music’s 175th anniversary.