The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is Ireland's finest chamber orchestra, combining high quality performances with an expansive artistic vision. Virtuosic, innovative and creative, the ICO blazes a trail with its unique collaborative approach and its rich relationships with an array of creative partners. The ICO continues to work with Jörg Widmann (Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner) who continues to expand audiences, at home and abroad, with his vision. Under the leadership of Katherine Hunka, the orchestra is one of Ireland's busiest touring ensembles, both nationally and internationally.

The orchestra enjoys fruitful relationships with an array of Irish composers including Sebastian Adams, Elaine Agnew, Linda Buckley, Frank Corcoran, Ronan Guilfoyle, John Kinsella, Sam Perkin, Garrett Sholdice, Míchael Ó Súilleabháin, Ian Wilson, and with UK composers Tariq O'Regan and James MacMillan.

The orchestra's trail-blazing approach continues to attract the world's finest musicians, both international and national. Recent and present collaborators include Stephen Barlow, Jonathan Cohen, Mojca Erdmann, James Galway, Pekka Kuusisto, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Igor Levit, Claron McFadden, Sergeij Nakariakov, Gloria Rehm, Ailish Tynan, István Várdai, Gilles Vonsattel, Carolin Widmann, Thomas Zehetmair and Tabea Zimmermann as well as collaborations with the Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish National Opera.

The orchestra has successfully toured across Europe, Australia, South America, South Korea, China and the US. Since his first appearance with the orchestra (Berlin 2007), Jörg Widmann has injected unprecedented energy which has seen the orchestra appear at prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe such as a 3-year residency at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival and an annual appearance at the Würzburg Mozart Festival. Closer to home, the ICO is orchestra-in-residence at the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Adding to the orchestra's already numerous CD recordings, the label Orfeo released in 2018 the last of a series of three CDs of Mendelssohn's Symphonies combined with works by Jörg Widmann, as directed by him.

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, cello and bass to 300 children throughout Limerick city - developing key life skills by using music as a tool for tangible social change.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. The orchestra is generously funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Additional support from Culture Ireland contributes significantly towards the ICO's international touring initiatives.

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The Irish Chamber Orchestra is Ireland's finest chamber orchestra, renowned nationally and internationally for its diversity, energy, its unique sound and outstanding musicianship. Under the leadership of chief conductor Jörg Widmann and concertmaster Katherine Hunka, the orchestra is regarded as one of Ireland's best exports. The ICO regularly collaborates with renowned international guest soloists and places greater emphasis on Irish composers in its programmes. The orchestra has recently toured Australia, China, Europe, South America, South Korea and the USA with great success.


Widmann | Mendelssohn Widmann: 180 beats per minute, Fantasie
Mendelssohn: Hebriden Overture, Symphony No. 3
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Jörg Widmann (conductor)
Orfeo (2018)
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The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires | Oblivion Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Oblivion
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Katherine Hunka (conductor & violin)
ICO (2017)
Mozart | Widmann | Mendelssohn Sinfonie 5 Mozart: Adagio & Fuge, Versuch über die Fuge
Mendelssohn: Sinfonie 5 "Reformation", Andante con moto
Mendelssohn/Widmann: Andante
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Jörg Widmann (conductor), Mojca Erdmann (soprano)
Orfeo (2017)
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Mendelssohn Mendelssohn: Symphonien 1 & 4
Widmann: Ad Absurdum
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Jörg Widmann (conductor), Sergei Nakariakov (Trumpet)
Orfeo (2016)
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John Kinsella Kinsella: Symphony No.5 & Symphony No.10
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Gábor Takácz-Nagy (conductor) & other artists
Toccata Classics (2014)
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Plectrum & Bow Mackey: Four Iconoclastic Episodes
Gould: String Music
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Marwood, (conductor/violin), Steven Mackey (Electric Guitar)
ICO (2013)
Night Moves Haydn, Agnew, Schoenberg
ICO (2011)
Silver Apples of the Moon Irish Chamber Orchestra, Fionnuala Hunt (conductor)
ICO (2011)
Hommage à John Kisella Kinsella: Symphony No.9, Nocturne for cello and string orchestra, Prélude and Toccata for String Orchestraa & other works
Irish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay (conductor)
ICO (2011)
The Connemara Suite Bill Whelan: The Connemara Suite
Irish Chamber Orchestra feat soloists: Zoë Conway, Morgan Crowley, Colin Dunne, Fionnuala Hunt & Michelle Mulcahy
ICO (2009)


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