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katherine hunka

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London born Katherine Hunka is leader of of the Irish Chamber Orchestra and regularly directs from the leader's chair.  She has played concerti and double concerti and given premiere performances with a number of Irish and British orchestras.  As a soloist she has performed in the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and The South Bank Centre in London.  Katherine performs in duo with accordionist Dermot Dunne; they have toured extensively in Ireland and performed on tour in China with the ICO.  Since 2014 when they were joined on tour by double-bassist Malachy Robinson, Katherine and Dermot are perfroming regularly as a the Far Flung Trio.  Katherine toured in Ireland in November 2015 with cellist Guy Johnston and pianist Hugh Tinney, performing works by Gliere, Franck and Schuber.   

As a soloist and chamber musician, Katherine has been a regular visitor to the Aldeburgh Festival, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the festival of Great Music in Irish Houses and the Killable Chamber Music Festival.  At Aldeburgh, she premiered Benjamin Britten’s re-discovered concerto for violin and viola with violist Philip Dukes.  Plans for the coming season include recitals with pianist Finghin Collins, and directing a CD with the ICO and singer Ailish Tynan.  She has recently recorded Piazzolla’s Four Seasons with the ICO which will be released next year.

Katherine has been a guest leader with the Manchester Camerata, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra of Ireland and has performed solo concertos with the City of London Sinfonia, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

She is currently the Artistic Director of the MA in Classical Strings programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick which is operated jointly by Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Academy.  Katherine is a Professor at the CIT Cork School of Music and has been a visiting Professor at Indiana University USA.

She plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (1874) and her bows are by the Irish maker Gary Leahy.

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quotes & reviews

The performance of Mendelssohn's youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka, buzzed with energy. The audience loved it.'' - Michael Dervan, Irish Times June 2014

'Under the guidance of leader-director Katherine Hunka, the ICO's execution is a model of elegance, imagination and good taste.' - Andrew Johnstone, Irish Times,

'The performance of Mendelssohn's youthful Octet, led by Katherine Hunka, buzzed with energy. The audience loved it. Michael Dervan, Irish Times June 2014
Under the guidance of leader-director Katherine Hunka, the ICO's execution is a model of elegance, imagination and good taste.' 
- Andrew Johnstone, Irish Times,

'..the playing commands one's complete attention, with every last detail serving a carefully considered purpose. Ranging from near-reckless energy to infinate calm, the music making has that elusive mix of freedom and precision many a conductor would die for. Yet this optimum is due to the ICO leader, Katherine Hunka, who directs (the Irish Chamber Orchestra) from her violin with seemingly telepathetic discretion' - Andrew Johnstone, Irish Times 26 February 2014.

'Both (James) Crabb and the (Irish Chamber) orchestra's leader Katherine Hunka played a blinder that brought yelps of approval from the audience.' - Michael Dervan, Irish Times 23 May 2007

'...it was good to hear the ICO's leader, Katherine Hunka, and Anthony Marwood, play as distinct yet complementary personalities, brimming with individuality yet responsive to one another.' - Martin Adams, Irish Times, 25 October 2005

'The Wigmore Hall debut of Briton Katherine Hunka revealed a sensitive and assured musician, whose engaging and thoughtfully concert programme was full of interesting musical ideas...the clean-cut lyricism and well-defined phrasing in Mozart's Sonata for piano and violin in C major K303 demonstrated what excellent chamber musicians both Hunka and (Sophia) Rahman are. Mozart's musical integrity was immaculately preserved through their tasteful and well-proportioned turns of phrase, and Hunka never dominated the proceedings - the duo element of the sonata was evident throughout.' - Simon Hewitt Jones, Classical Music Web

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