The violinist is one of two new co-leader appointments created in a front desk reshuffle

Violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan

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The Ulster Orchestra has announced the appointment of violinist Ioana Petcu-Colan as one of its two new co-leaders. Formerly associate leader of the ensemble, Petcu-Colan has been with the orchestra since 2010. 

The announcement follows a restructure of the front desk of the orchestra and the departure of Tamás Kocsis, who was leader of the orchestra since 2010. 

Irish-born Petcu-Colan was educated at the Conservatoire de Nantes in France, at the Royal Academy of Music in the UK and the Cork School of Music in Ireland, and is the daughter of professional violinists. She has been with the Ulster Orchestra since 2010 and has a particular interest in promoting contemporary music.

In a statement, the orchestra said that it will be recruiting a second co-leader ‘in due course’.

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