The I, CULTURE Orchestra is one of the most dynamically growing youth orchestras around the world. It is an international ensemble of young musicians whose emerging mastery is acknowledged by music lovers, journalists, experts, and prominent soloists. The orchestra was inspired by the idea of solidarity and the objective of building bridges across cultural and political divides.
Established by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2011, the project opens unique opportunities of encounter for young musicians from Poland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Musicians from Hungary joined in 2018. During rehearsals, concerts and tours, young musicians gain experience in building relationships, artistic collaboration and developing a community based on mutual trust.
In its seven years, the I, CULTURE Orchestra has played over 41 concerts in more than 25 cities, appearing in the most prestigious concert halls and at the largest music festivals in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Lithuania, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Thus far, more than 600 young musicians have taken part.
The Orchestra has performed with outstanding soloists such as Julian Rachlin, Truls Mørk, Lisa Batiashvili, Alice Sara Ott, Arabella Steinbacher. A high point in the ICO’s history was a concert conducted by Kirill Karabits on Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti during the celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence Day in 2015.
After a series of master classes in 2016, provided by members of leading symphonic orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, the ICO completed its sixth tour. The 2017 concerts under the motto “Genuine Emotions Inspire” were performed under the baton of the outstanding conductor Andrey Boreyko.
The I, CULTURE Orchestra is a great tool for the promotion of Poland. In 2018, the ensemble performed with the conductor Kirill Karabits and the soloist Nemanja Radulović at the Music Gardens Festival in Warsaw, the French Radio Festival in Montpellier, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at Tivoli in Copenhagen. In autumn 2018, the ICO participated in the celebrations of the centenary of Poland’s regaining independence and performed with the conductor Kirill Karabits and the soloist Carolin Widmann in Brussels and Hamburg.