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Concert Season 2012-2013

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    IRISHCHAMBER

    ORCHESTRA

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    The Irish Chamber Orchestra is a world-class orchestra, based in Ireland. It is renowned for its energy, unique sound and outstanding musicianship.Working with the celebrated Hungarian maestro musician, Gbor Tkacs Nagy (Principal Artistic Partner) and the virtuosic clarinet player, Jrg Widmann (Principal Guest Conductor/Artistic Partner), the Irish Chamber Orchestra consolidates its position as a force to be reckoned with on the international music scene. Under the leadership of Concertmaster Katherine Hunka, the orchestra is recognised as one of Irelands world-class cultural assets.

    In the past the orchestra has toured with success across Europe, Australia, South Korea, China and most recently, the US. In October 2012 the ICO will perform in Cologne in October with virtuoso violinist Pekka Kuusisto (in association with Culture Ireland). Principal Guest Conductor Jrg Widmann conducts the ICO in Antwerp in November (De Singel concert series at Blauve Zaal). Plans are also underway for a performance at the Rheingau Musik Festival in July 2013 again with Widmann and a US tour with James Galway in October 2013.

    The ICO continues its rich tradition of collaboration with leading international soloists in its 2012/13 season including, Jonathan Cohen, Sergeij Nakariakov and Isabelle Van Keulen. The orchestra has worked with some of the worlds finest musicians, and concerts with Grard Korsten, Alison Balsom, Leon Fleisher and Steve Mackey have garnered critical acclaim. The orchestra has warm relationships with celebrated artists including Steven Isserlis, Stephen Hough and Sinad O Connor. The ICO excels in a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to modern day masterpieces and new commissions. Leading Irish composers who have worked with the orchestra include John Kinsella, Mchel Silleabhin, Bill Whelan and Elaine Agnew.

    The Irish Chamber Orchestra advocates music as an instrument of social change, introducing children to music, creativity, innovation, understanding and openness, thus helping them to reach their full potential as individuals. Sing Out with Strings, the ICOs popular flagship community engagement programme brings free music workshops and tuition to primary schools in Limericks Regeneration areas.

    Koncert Master/Leader Violin Katherine Hunka

    Violin 1Nicola SweeneyDiane DalyAnna Cashell Oonagh Keogh

    It was inspired by El Sistema, a Venezuelan model of music education, which provides free instrumental and vocal tuition to children countrywide. The belief is that children living in socially and economically disadvantaged areas should not be restricted by circumstance. Using music as a strategic tool El Sistema has helped children develop valuable life skills, enabling them to become capable musicians and conscious citizens.El Sistema began with just 11 children, and 33 years later, reaches out to 300,000 children nationally. The ICO strives for similar success.

    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 Ealaon. It uniquely owns a custom built studio, which has been acoustically modelled, sharing the properties of some of the worlds finest concert halls, on campus at UL, Limerick. It comprises rehearsal/recording facilities, an instrument store and office accommodation for the ICO administrative team.

    Violin IIAndre SwanepoelCliodhna RyanLouis RodenKenneth Rice

    ViolaJoachim RoewerCian Dill

    Lisa GrosmanMark Coates Smith

    CelloRudi de GrooteRichard AngelMichael ODonnell

    Double BassMalachy Robinson

    OboeDaniel BatesMichael ODonnell

    HornJames PalmerStephen Nicholls

    Board of Directors/ExecutiveMichael Buckley (Chair)Ann Marie Gill(Deputy Chair)Frank Casey(Hon. Life President)Joseph DundonMaurice Healy

    Hugh MurrayStephen NolanJoachim Roewer

    Chief Executive (Acting)Gerard Keenan

    Friends/FinanceMargaret Kelly

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    Press/MarketingCharlotte Eglington

    Education OfficerKathleen Turner

    InternDeirdre Cahill

    Artistic AdvisorSonja Stein, Sonja Stein Company

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    Since 2002 Katherine Hunka has been captivating audiences big and small throughout Ireland and beyond as Leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

    London born, Katherine studied with musician, educator and composer, Sheila Nelson performing as a young soloist with the City of London Sinfonia and the UKs National Youth Chamber Orchestra at prestigious venues including the Southbank Centre and Royal Albert Hall.

    She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Gyorgy Pauk and was Teaching Assistant at Indiana University with Mauricio Fuks. Her debut at Londons Wigmore Hall, with pianist Sophia Rahman, gained critical acclaim.

    Commanding an impressive profile, Katherine was invited to become a member of The Academy of St. Martin

    in the Fields and toured extensively with celebrated artists including Murray Perriah and Joshua Bell.

    Katherine performed the world premire of Brittens re-discovered Double Concerto for Violin and Violist with Philip Dukes at the 1997 Aldeburgh Festival. She was a co-founder member of the Britten Ensemble, who performed

    regularly at the Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh.

    In 2002 Katherine was appointed Leader/Concertmaster of the Irish Chamber Orchestra where she has directed many concerts from the violin as well as performing as soloist across a wide repertoire. Along with the ICO, Katherine has always championed the music of Irish composers and over the years has premired new works by Bill Whelan, John Kinsella, Mchael Silleabhin and Elaine Agnew. She has shared the concert platform with ICO guest artists, performing

    Katherine hunKaconcertos with Marianna Sirbu, Nigel Kennedy, Anthony Marwood and Pekka Kuusisto among others.

    Nationally, the orchestra hosts a series of concerts in its home city of Limerick as well as Dublin and other cities. Katherine has directed many of these performances alongside regional tours to every corner of the country. In addition she has made international appearances directing the ICO in distinguished concert halls across Europe and Asia including the Esplanade in Singapore and Berlins prestigious Konzerthaus.

    She is a frequent performer at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival as a chamber musician and Leader/Concertmaster. With sparkling versatility, Katherine has performed everything from baroque to contemporary.

    Playing to her versatility, Katherine is part of dynamic duo with Irish accordionist, Dermot Dunne. Together they have toured the length and breadth of Ireland and have recorded a CD Escualo. They have commissioned works by Irish and South American composers with funding from the Arts Council of

    Ireland. Their ability to communicate, alongside an informal approach and delightful sense of musicality, ensures their popularity with audiences. The duo perform regularly at Kaleidoscope, an innovative chamber music series currently running in Dublin. In June of this year they performed as a trio with clarinettist Carol McGonnell at the festival of Great Music in Irish Houses.

    Katherine has been a guest leader with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal National Scottish Orchestra and has performed solo concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTE Concert Orchestra.

    Katherine has been fiercely dedicated to music education. She regularly directs performances at the ICO Sing Out With Strings community education project running in three schools in Limerick city. She recently returned to teaching at the CIT Cork School of Music where she also directs students in chamber orchestra performances. She has also been a visiting professor at Indiana University USA

    She plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin 1874.

    Leader/ConCertmaster

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    This demonstrated the gorgeous string tone and attentive listening that marks the ICOs playing under Katherine Hunkas inspirational leadershipThe Irish Examiner

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    GborTakcs-NaGyGbor Takcs-Nagy was born in Budapest where he began to learn the violin at the age of 8.

    From 1975 to 1992, he was a founder member and leader of the renowned Takcs Quartet, with whom he performed with many of the worlds most celebrated musicians and made many recordings for Decca and Hungaroton.

    He was awarded the Liszt Prize in 1982. After leaving the quartet in 1992 he founded the Takcs Piano Trio in 1996.

    In 2008 he formed the Mikrokosmos String Quartet with Zoltn Tuska, Sndor Papp and Mikls Pernyi, with whom he recorded the complete Bartk string quartets.

    In 2001, Gbor Takcs-Nagy began to concentrate on conducting as his principal activity and has already

    established a considerable reputation in this role.

    He became Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in 2007 and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of both the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest in 2008. His own string orchestra, the Camerata Bellerive (which he set up in 2005) is orchestra-in-residence at Genevas annual Festival de Bellerive, of which he is also artistic director.

    In 2011 he was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Following the announcement of this appointment Ivn Fischer commented: There are many

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