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Our Orchestra

A refreshing combination of serious musicianship, well away from the comfy-cozy coterie of the ever-same, predictably marketable but often musically boring artists.

Jens F. Laurson, Forbes - Review of Irish Chamber Orchestra

Forget everything you think you know about classical music. Because we’re more than that. Led by the incredible Katherine Hunka, we aren’t afraid to push the boundaries.

Together, we have performed trailblazing new commissions from some of Ireland’s finest composers, and explored wonderful new ways of seeing and understanding the classics.

Since joining us as Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner in May 2022, Thomas Zehetmair has opened a new chapter in our work, stamping his own hallmark on our repertoire.

The skill and talent of our musicians - combined with our spirit of openness and curiosity - has attracted outstanding collaborators like Henning Kraggerud, Florian Donderer, Sean Shibe, Brett Dean, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Ruth Killius, Tabea Zimmermann, Igor Levit, and Elisabeth Leonskaja, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Ailish Tynan, Paula Murrihy, Claron McFadden, Mojca Erdman, Istvan Vardai, Sergai Nakariakov, Pekka Kuusisto, Gábor Takács-Nagy.

We have performed at leading concert halls and festivals across Europe, the U.S.A., and South America and have released a series of acclaimed recordings on Orfeo Music and Alpha Classics labels.

We consistently devise fresh, diverse, and innovative programmes, mixing standard repertoire with new work – often specially commissioned – from the best young Irish composers. Through this approach, we appeal to music fans of every stripe while upholding the highest artistic standards.

Our Orchestra