North American Representation
Jörg Widmann leads the Irish Chamber Orchestra in an eclectic program at Zankel Hall

"Overall, as rendered by the ICO under Widmann’s precise baton, the music sounded fresh and full of energy."

Von Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack
Irish Chamber Orchestra and its enthusiastic conductor put on a show at the Library of Congress

"The enthusiasm with which musicians attack their craft can be infectious. The Irish Chamber Orchestra, a small group based around 18 string players, made a strong case for all the music they played in a vivacious concert Wednesday night at the Library of Congress."

Charles Downey, Washington Post
Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018

“An eloquent and imaginative account of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.... Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony had a tautness of energy, sometimes touched with fierceness that kept one on the edge of one’s seat."

Michael Dervan, Irish Times
Late romantic opera soars with intensity in Korngold's Masterpiece

“Conductor Jörg Widmann drove the piece with high energy. The choral singing was first rate. And the vocal soloists – sopranos Genia Kühmeier and Anna Devin, and tenor Colin Balzer – projected strongly and musically.”

Michael Dervan, Irish Times
New Music Dublin manages to kick up a storm

“The performance was riveting from start to finish.”

Michael Dervan, Irish Times
Féile Classical 2018

“It’s a beautifully balanced set with the delicate opening trio of Aeroplanes, Time is on the Wall and Julian bedecked with the luxurious strings of the ICO and backing vocals of Ciara Meade before they unleash the perfect howling storm of Lace Virginia….

“That sets the scene for the onslaught of Brewing Up a Storm with the ICO unleashing some ferocious strings and percussion accompanying Steve Wall and the gang to deliver an overpowering set finale."


John Loftus, Golden Plec
On Risk and Restraint

“... Spinosi’s relentless energy did seem to radiate outwards generating an upbeat, vibrant atmosphere – a quality that seems to have become something of an ICO trademark....

“… the orchestra deserve great credit for maintaining their policy of commissioning new work and integrating it alongside pieces from the standard repertoire, thus setting an example that certain other state-funded orchestras would do well to replicate.”



Adrian Smith, Journal of Music
Irish National Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro

“He (Patrick Mason) was abetted by the conductor Peter Whelan, who coaxed fleet playing from the Irish Chamber Orchestra."

Hugh Canning, Sunday Times
Fun and frolics at Irish National Opera's Figaro

“Conductor Peter Whelan and the Irish Chamber Orchestra gave what was an invigorating performance, full of energy and lightness of touch.... The balance was well struck between singers and orchestra allowing the glorious vocal lines to soar.” Backtrack


Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack
The Marriage of Figaro review: setting high standards for Irish opera

“Under his (Peter Whelan’s) guidance the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the pit becomes a character in its own right, not just driving and supporting the drama, but effectively commenting on it, too. Whelan doesn’t just glory in Mozart’s gorgeous writing for wind instruments. He shapes and frames phrases in ways that seem entirely fresh, sometimes generating a growl or a mutter, sometimes acting like a powerful spur to energise the action on the stage………. The brio and the poignancy of the orchestral music-making is well matched by the responsiveness of both singing and acting.”


Michael Dervan, Irish Times
Irish Chamber Orchestra On Tour With A Mendelssohn Revelation

"The Irish Chamber Orchestra may not be much of an established brand in the international orchestra-world, but they are on their best way of getting there. Currently on a on-and-off tour of continental Europe, they are spreading their excellence in places like Brussels, Freiburg, Vienna and Heidelberg."

Jens F. Laurson, Forbes
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