Chicago Philharmonic Violinist Irene Quirmbach

Irene QuirmbachQ. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?

A. I grew up in a musical household, watching and listening to my mother and grandfather playing piano, and grandpa with a violin or guitar when he wasn’t tinkling the keys. They both approached music with joy and exuberance and imbued that in me at an early age. I was also very lucky and fortunate to have a terrific music program in grade school. I don’t ever remember wanting to be anything other than a professional musician!

Q. What do you like most about the CPO’s ensemble approach to creating music?

A. CPO’s upbeat and energetic programming of exciting music selections and the exceptional array of conductors synergizes the orchestra to enthusiastic intuition that makes me very happy to play with this group.

Q. What new endeavors would you like to see the CPO pursue in the future?
A. The possibilities are limitless but among the things that interest me are development of educational outreach; bringing music to a broader public; and perhaps some smaller chamber orchestra concerts with concomitant expansion of the ensemble’s repertoire.

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