Heralded by The New York Times as a violinist of “tireless energy and bright tone” and The Washington Post as “dangerously gifted,” Courtney Orlando specializes in the performance of contemporary and crossover music. She is a founding member of the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, which has premiered works by and collaborated with some of the foremost composers of our time, including Hans Abrahamsen, John Adams, John Luther Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Wolfgang Rihm, and Augusta Read Thomas. She is also a performer with Ensemble Signal, and plays regularly with Dublin’s Crash Ensemble.
Orlando has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Disney Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Royal Opera House and Barbican Theatre in London, and the Edinburgh International Festival, among other venues and festivals.
Crossover projects include those with jazz musicians Theo Bleckmann, Uri Caine, Michael Formanek, Medeski, Martin and Wood, and Joshua Redman. She has also performed with Björk, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, Sigur Rós’s Jónsi, and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. Orlando has recorded for Bridge, Cantaloupe, Chandos, ECM, Harmonia Mundi, New Amsterdam, Nonesuch, Tzadik, and Winter & Winter labels
Orlando is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she is the artistic director of the school’s new music ensemble, Now Hear This.