I, CULTURE Orchestra Programme

The I, CULTURE Orchestra is an ensemble of exceptionally talented young musicians from Poland and the Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The Orchestra was established by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011. Its mission is to support dialogue between the countries of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus, by operating in the sphere of music. During rehearsals, concerts and tours, young musicians gain experience in building relationships, artistic collaboration and developing a community based on mutual trust.

The I, CULTURE Orchestra is first and foremost an outstanding ensemble. The musicians who comprise it are selected from among hundreds of candidates who take part in annual auditions. Thus far, more than 500 young musicians have taken part. The orchestra makes it possible for young talents to polish their skills under the tutelage of outstanding conductors, soloists and instrumentalists from the world’s best orchestras. The high musical level is ensured by artistic director Kirill Karabits.

Since its founding, the Orchestra has played 36 concerts in 24 cities, appearing in the most prestigious halls and at the largest music festivals of Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Festival Hall and Teatro Real, as well as the Edinburgh International Festival, Santander Music Festival and the Baltic Sea Festival. The Orchestra has performed with outstanding soloists such as Truls Mørk, Lisa Batiashvili, Alice Sara Ott and Arabella Steinbacher. A high point of the ICO’s fifth tour in 2015 was a concert on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti during the celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence Day.

In 2018 the ensemble will take an active role in the observances of the centennial of Polish independence, with a concert tour of Central and Eastern Europe. In 2017 the orchestra will perform under the baton of the outstanding Polish-Russian director Andrey Boreyko, artistic director of the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Naples Philharmonic. Julian Rachlin, one of the most captivating and respected contemporary violinists, will perform as a soloist. The concert programme will include Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra. The tour will take in Warsaw, Minsk, Berlin and Dobbiaco, and will serve as preparation for the observances of the centennial of Polish independence.

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Ewa Bogusz-Moore

Polska Music & I, CULTURE Orchestra Programmes Manager

phone: +48 22 44 76 115

News

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    I, CULTURE Orchestra during Chopin and His Europe Festival in 2016, photo: organiser’s press materials

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  • Kirill Karabits performing at a concert in Kassel, Germany, during the Kultursommer Nordhessen, 2014, photo: © Konrad Ćwik / Culture.pl

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    I, Culture Orchestra, Kijów, fot. Elwira Nowicka

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Published at: 2016.08.23 14:30
Updated at: 2017.09.07 19:07
Author: Karolina Babij
Written by: Karolina Babij