The EMPOWER project dedicated to Theresia Orchestra kicks off

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The project, funded by the European Commission's Creative Europe programme with a three-years grant, kicks off with its first initiative: the Chamber Music Residency in Ossiach, Austria, from March 14th to March 19th.

EMPOWER will complete the pathway towards the creation of Theresia Orchestra as a truly pan-European orchestra, unique in addressing the classical repertoire on period instruments. 

Thanks to the project, Theresia Orchestra enters in the group of the leading European youth orchestras, together with EUYO – The European Union Youth Orchestra and other few acknowledged ensembles.

Theresia Orchestra  – cultural philanthropy project supported and developed by ICONS – is an international orchestra dedicated to the classical music repertoire on period instruments. The orchestra is composed by musicians under 28 years of age coming from the major European schools of early music. 

The EMPOWER project, funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme with a three-years grant, will design and implement activities fostering the artistic excellence of young talented musicians from 20 CREA countries. It will deliver high-quality planning of the artistic activities of Theresia Orchestra.

The aim is to support the capacity building and professionalization of young highly talented musicians, providing them with high standards career’s development paths through recruitment, training and performance opportunities. 

ICONS is the coordinator and unique beneficiary of the project. The organization is responsible for the implementation of all the work packages: Project Management, Pan-European Selection Process, Artistic and Cultural Expression, Capacity Building, Sustainable Mobility, Ambassador Program and Audience Development, Integrated Communication.

The Chamber Music Residency in Ossiach signs the first initiative developed within EMPOWER. A selected group of string players (Tommaso Toni, Aura Fazio, Léna Ruisz, Lavinia Soncini, Anna Krzyżak, Irina Fârtat, Cecilia Clò, Leah Plave) will rehearse under the guidance of Chiara Banchini, violinist and conductor with whom Theresia has a strong connection.

The musical program is devoted to string quartets by Haydn (String Quartet in d minor op. 42 Hob. III:43), Mozart (String Quartet in d minor n. 13 KV 173) and Boccherini (Quartets G 200 and G 223 “La Tiranna”). A concert at Kultur Forum Amthof will close the residency on Saturday March 19th.