The I, CULTURE Orchestra is an ensemble of exceptionally talented young musicians from Poland and the partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Hungary, 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 600 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 41 concerts in 25 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, Arabella Steinbacher and Julian Rachlin. 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 performed 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, performed as a soloist. The concert programme included Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra. This year tour will take in France, Holland, Denmark, Belgium and Germany and will serve as preparation for the observances of the centennial of Polish independence.