“…Music that sounds like Vancouver looks.” The Georgia Straight
“The United Nations of music” – CBC Radio
Winner – City of Vancouver Cultural Harmony Award (2012)


Feb. 9, March 1, April 26, 2020

VSO School of Music

A unique opportunity to learn about – and compose for – instruments from all over the world. Details here!



The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra, founded in 2001, was one of the first concert orchestras devoted specifically to performing new intercultural music on a grand scale. It is currently the only professional ensemble of its kind in Canada, and one of a only a handful that exist in the world. The VICO brings together musicians and composers from many cultural and artistic communities in the Greater Vancouver area, including Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Persian (Iranian), Latin and South American, Vietnamese, African, North American and European.


VICO strives to be a fresh and relevant voice in the contemporary music of our city, our province and our country. We build bridges of imagination. We approach diversity as a fascinating challenge and a creative call to action. We make connections, between performers and audiences of all ages and backgrounds, across the Lower Mainland, throughout Canada and the world. We create and perform orchestral music that transcends boundaries: cultural, social, political, geographical.

Since its inaugural performance in 2001, the VICO has developed and performed over 50 new intercultural pieces by ground-breaking Canadian composers such as Jeffrey Ryan, Rodney Sharman, Rita Ueda, Lisa Cay Miller, Jim Hiscott, Elliot Weisgarber, Jin Zhang, Mark Armanini, Farshid Samandari, Lan Tung, Trichy Sankaran, Michael O’Neill, John Oliver, Grace Lee, Neil Weisensel, Joseph “Pepe” Danza, Moshe Denburg, Coat Cooke, Ed Henderson, Larry Nickel, Niel Golden and Stephen Chatman.

The VICO wishes to acknowledge that our work takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish First Nations, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh Nations.