“A deliciously ardent violin solo from leader Mia Cooper” – The Irish Times
“The performance of Mendelssohn’s youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka, buzzed with energy. The audience loved it” – The Irish Times
“Utterly gripping… dazzling” – Musical Opinion (on Woods)
“Astoria’s Escualo acts as a safety net beneath the trapeze artistry of Ioana Petcu-Colan’s violin” – The Irish Times
Four of Ireland’s finest violinists – from the country’s most prestigious orchestras to boot – come together for the very first time in what promises to be a scintillating series of concerts.
Leader of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra since 2006, Mia Cooper is a highly-regarded chamber musician who has graced the stage with the Barbican Trio, Gould Trio, Brodsky Quartet, Fibonacci Sequence and Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Katherine Hunka, leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 2002, has collaborated with Murray Perriah, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy and Anthony Marwood amongst others, while Ioana Petcu-Colan, Associate Leader of the Ulster Orchestra, has worked with artists as diverse as Martin Hayes, Arcade Fire, John Abercrombie and members of the Alban Berg and Vanbrugh quartets.
Completing this stellar quartet is Helena Wood, leader of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. A seasoned performer on TV and radio, she has given numerous recitals at such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.
Mia Cooper, violin
Katherine Hunka, violin
Ioana Petcu-Colan, violin
Helena Wood, violin
Full touring details at www.musicnetwork.ie
To include music by Telemann, Bartók and an exciting new commission by Ian Wilson, inspired by Cy Twombly’s ‘Quattro Stagioni’
Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.