“It is amazing how NICO makes their music so accessible and entertaining, turning themselves into the modern classical music equivalent of rock stars. When listening to NICO, you may want to turn inward and meditate, exploring the unexpected worlds they open up – or just get up and dance, infected by their joyous and vibrant ambiance. The effect is mesmerizing, and the result is inspiring to all ages.”
(Concert curator Jud Newborn)
New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO is a string ensemble known for their captivating and original performances. Playing from memory and mixing classical and pop idioms with non-traditional string instrument techniques the NICO creates sublime, ethereal and energetic musical experience. For those who may think “new music” means something bare and out-of-reach, listening to and watching New Ideas Chamber Orchestra performing Gediminas Gelgotas’ (founding artistic director) luxurious and acclaimed new compositions will transform you into a sophisticated enthusiast. NICO also plays works by Reich, Riley, Glass, Tavener, Pärt, Lauridsen and Hamel, and incorporates some of their own stunning transcriptions of traditional composers (Bach, Vivaldi, etc.) into the performances.
NICO was established in 2006 by one of the most recognised young Baltic composers Gediminas Gelgotas. Celebrating XIIIth concert season, acclaimed by audiences and music critics alike, the ensemble is rapidly capturing attention by making their first appearances at the World’s leading concert venues and festivals, including Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Roundhouse in London, Usedomer, Elverum and Vilnius music festivals.
NICO is also increasingly capturing attention of international press. Classic FM radio station with 5.5 million have presented NICO live from their studios, whilst BBC World Service named NICO „trully worth attention“ during a 10 minute special on Gelgotas and his ensemble. In the meantime, NICO concerts in France are regularly announced on Radio France.
NICO closed their XIIth concert season with a performance for His Holiness Dalai Lama, a three-continent-tour, including appearances in Los Angeles, Paris, Moscow and Beijing, and the first collaboration with violinist Mari Samuelsen. Their latest recording session in January 2018 took place at the prestigious Real World Studios in United Kingdom, with previousalbums recorded at Paramount (Los Angeles), Metropolis (London), Peermusic Classical (Hamburg) studios and released by Peermusic Classical. NICO opened their XIIIth concert season at Usedom Music Festival and a widely boradcasted performance for Pope Francis.
NICO regularly tours across Europe, Asia and the United States.
Augusta Jusionytė (violin)
Dalia Simaškaitė (violin, viola)
Julija Ivanovaitė (violin)
Justas Kulikauskas (cello)
Deividas Dumčius (cello)
Gediminas Gelgotas (founding artistic director)