DCM | Irish Chamber Orchestra with Kristian Bezuidenhout piano

  • 21st Apr 2023
  • 19:30
  • St Peters Church of Ireland
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Friday 21st April

Mozart     Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456  

Mozart     Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503

After two years of disrupted seasons and great uncertainty, we look forward to closing the 2022/23 season on a high. Following the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s last performance in Drogheda with Sheku Kanneh-Mason in 2019, they return with Kristian Bezuidenhout at the helm. Regarded as one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, this programme of contrasting Mozart Piano Concertos will be directed from the piano and guarantees a dazzling evening of music-making.

 

Biography

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is Ireland’s most dynamic ensemble. Mixing traditional repertoire with new commissions and collaborating with everyone from DJs to dance companies, the ICO pushes the boundaries of what a chamber orchestra can do. Our Artistic Committee works closely with our Artistic Partners to devise exciting, diverse, and innovative programmes, mixing standard repertoire with new work – often specially commissioned – from the best young Irish composers. Throughout the past decade, the ICO has performed at leading concert halls and festivals across Europe, the U.S.A., and South America. The ICO released a series of acclaimed recordings on the prestigious Orfeo and Alpha Classics labels. The ICO is currently orchestra-in-residence at Kilkenny Arts Festival. In May 2022, celebrated Austrian Violinist Thomas Zehetmair was appointed Principal Conductor/Artistic Partner on a three-year tenure. Zehetmair’s enthusiasm and commitment is matched by the orchestra itself, led by the ebullient Katherine Hunka, and comprises of 22 outstanding musicians. The ICO’s special rapport, forged by over 20 years of playing – and sometimes singing! – together, creates the unique sound that has captivated audiences all over the world. The orchestra’s ground-breaking initiative, Sing Out with Strings (SOWS), offers primary school children in Limerick the chance to learn free music. The success of SOWS has inspired us to set up a youth orchestra, the ICOYO, which provides aspiring musicians aged 12 to 18 with the support they need to grow. The ICO is taking all of this a step further, providing free music across our country and beyond with a new ground-breaking and freely available online teaching resource, Sing Out With Strings Online. The ICO is orchestra-in-residence 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 Ealaíon.

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.

Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles and has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Bernhard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Anne Sofie von Otter & Matthias Goerne. His play-direct visits include Concerto Copenhagen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester and English Concert. Kristian gives solo recitals, continues his close recital partnership with Anne Sofie von Otter and new collaborations with Voces 8 and Niek Baar.