Often described as "rockstars of Classical music" New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO is a string ensemble known for captivating and original performances.
Founded in 2006 by Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas, NICO constantly bring Gelgotas' music to leading classical and contemporary music venues, reaching new and young audiences of classical music with their highly attractive, captivating, and original performances.
The uniqueness of NICO concept is highly determined by Gelgotas’ musical language itself, in which the classical music idiom is mixed with light hints and influences of popular music. Composer’s vision of integrating minimalistic choreographic details into performances while the musicians play music by heart, using non-traditional string instrument techniques and voice, all of it combined is what creates the exciting concert experiences, that are reinventing the borders between experimental, minimal, contemporary art and more popular, mainstream music forms.
Celebrating its XIVth concert season, the ensemble is making their appearances at the prestigious concert venues and festivals, including Leipzig Gewandhaus, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Roundhouse in London, Usedomer, Elverum and Vilnius music festivals.
Besides their appearances across Europe, Asia and the United States, throughout latest concert seasons NICO have performed for His Holiness Dalai Lama and Pope Francis.