The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is Ireland’s nest chamber orchestra, combining high quality performances with an expansiveartisticvision. Virtuosic,innovativeandcreative,the ICO’s unique collaborative approach and its rich relationship with an array of creative partners continues to blaze a trail. The ICO continues to work with Gábor Takács-Nagy (Principal Artistic Partner) and Jörg Widmann (Principal Guest Conductor/ Artistic Partner), seeking to expand audiences with their combinedvision. UndertheleadershipofKatherineHunka, the orchestra is one of Ireland’s busiest touring ensembles, both nationally and internationally.
In the 2016/17 season, Gábor concentrates on core works from the string orchestra repertoire; whilst Jörg continues to champion the many facets of Mendelssohn, alongside his own innovative works.
Outside the concert hall, the Irish Chamber Orchestra inspires and supports communities with a vitality unmatched by other
ensembles. Its Sing Out with Strings initiative provides free tuition in singing, song writing, violin, viola and cello tuition to 300 children throughout Limerick city – developing not only musical – but key life skills by using music as a tool for tangible social change.
The ICO is central to the delivery of the MA Classical Strings Performance at the University of Limerick. Katherine Hunka is Artistic Director of this programme and leads the ACADEMOS project where students perform and tour with members of the ICO and musicians from other third level institutions in Ireland.
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.