Irish Chamber Orchestra 

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Artist Endorsements




The ICO is a fantastic ensemble of international quality.” Alison Balsom, Trumpet





“The Irish Chamber Orchestra is a dynamic, friendly and joyful group that knows what it means to be a real chamber orchestra. This virtuosic chamber dynamic leads to concerts of great energy, spontaneity and beauty. I am always delighted to make music with the ICO”.  Jonathan Cohen, Conductor 




“I was welcomed into their world and made to feel like one of their own. The ICO are a mighty group of players, and are fearless in their artistic choices.”  Colin Dunne, Dancer





“One of the most enjoyable and artistically satisfying tours of my seven decades of so doing.” –Leon Fleisher, Pianist (referring to the ICO’s 8th Concert U.S. Tour in October and November of 2011)



 stephen-hough“The Irish Chamber Orchestra is already a first-class, international ensemble.  But, poised as it is for further recognition, now is the very moment when it needs support to continue to flourish.  With its wonderful new home-space in Limerick and its young, passionate, dedicated players, it would be tragic for the arts in Ireland if the ICO were to lose the impetus it has gained thus far by insufficient funding.”  Stephen Hough, Piano





“The Irish Chamber Orchestra is a very special group, combining qualities of superb musicianship, enthusiasm and openness, and a rare sense of idealistic ensemble. It would be a tragedy for the cultural life of Ireland if the orchestra were to be threatened by lack of financial support.”  Steven Isserlis, Cello




Collaboration with the Irish Chamber Orchestra is a joy. The individual and collective skills of the musicians brush aside all difficulties, technical and interpretative, and get straight to the heart of the matter – making music with all it’s expressions of joy and sorrow , wonder and mystery. The orchestra’s recent premiere performances of my Symphony No.10 in Limerick and Dublin with Gabor Takacs were a revelation to me as to how new music can be made to live vibrantly from the very first rehearsal. Firmly established in their new Limerick headquarters the Irish Chamber Orchestra is a major artistic asset at least on a par with anything we can display to the world in other art forms. John Kinsella, Composer  




“I have an idea. Let’s remind everybody that musical performances are what one’s imagination is built upon. The ICO is becoming a living and breathing exploration of the new possibilities an ensemble needs to discover in order to keep resonating in its community. And that makes me ecstatic.”  Pekka Kuusisto, Violin   




“I have conducted the ICO many times in the last few years and it is always a refreshing experience for me. Their love of what they are doing always gives a heart-lifting and electrifying concert-experience. They are a diamond in the cultural life of Ireland.” Gábor Takács-Nagy, Conductor




“Playing music with this fantastic group of excellent  musicians was not only fun – the experience energized me.  The ICO are much  more than ‘professional’ musicians, they truly believe in what they do and this rings through with their audience – they are a world-class ensemble.  I could wish for no better partner to perform with.  I believe that their attitude augurs well for the future of classical music.” Istvan Vardai, Cello



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“I always go home more inspired than when I arrived, with this orchestra, you can fly” Jörg Widmann, Principal Guest Conductor/ Clarinet

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      February 2013 – Welcome Gábor – Irish Times

      Irish Chamber Orchestra
      Gábor Takács-Nagy Principal Artistic Partner/Conductor

      “The Irish Chamber Orchestra, under Gábor Takács-Nagy, its new musically dynamic “principal artistic partner/conductor”, performed the Bizet a la Shchedrin at the RDS on Saturday. The players conveyed the music’s every nuance with colourful allure, snapped its rhythms with bracing energy, and turned the whole work into a real tour de force……. The orchestra’s music-making was a pure delight in the two 18th-century symphonies they performed before the interval, one light (Mozart’s No 15), one furrowed and earnest (Haydn’s No 44, nicknamed the Mourning), and both played with an intensity of moment-by-moment focus that was totally gripping”

      Michael Dervan

      The Irish Times

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