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Principal Conductor and Artistic Partner

Since May 2022, Thomas Zehetmair has been our Principal Conductor and Artistic Partner.

Virtuosic technique combined with a musical spirit that questions everything. Zehetmair finds answers where other musicians don't even see the question.

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3

Thomas Zehetmair brings a wealth of musical brilliance and a deep passion for chamber music to our orchestra. His international acclaim as both a violinist and conductor has captivated audiences across the globe.

With an illustrious career spanning decades, Thomas has collaborated with prestigious orchestras and artists, including Seattle Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Eighteenth-Century, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Hamburger Philharmoniker.

He was Chief Conductor of Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Musikkolegium Winterthur; Artistic Partner of St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra; and Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia. He is currently Chief Conductor of Stuttgarter Kammerorchester; Principal Conductor of the Orchestre National d’Auvergne; and of course, the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Thomas Zehetmair has achieved acclaim as a violinist, conductor and with the Zehetmair Quartet. His recording of the Paganini Caprices attracted a Midem Classic Award and his rendition of the Elgar Concerto with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder received a Gramophone Award in 2010. He received an Opus Klassik Award 2020 for his latest CD release of Bach Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin which was also selected by the New York Times as one of “The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2019” and by Die Zeit as one of their favourite recordings of 2019.

Prepare for captivating performances, groundbreaking interpretations, and unforgettable musical journeys as Thomas Zehetmair leads us into a new era of artistic expression.