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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

—John Cage

‘Everything O/Modernt is creation’

O/Modernt embraces the world of contemporary music collaborating with emerging and internationally established composers from all over the world. Over the last decade, O/Modernt has commissioned more than forty works, ranging from short solo works to fully-fledged cantatas and symphonic music.

Commissioning partners have included Manchester International Festival, Wigmore Hall, King’s Place London, British Museum, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Sinfonietta Riga, Wimbledon International Festival, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Holstebro International Music Festival to name a few.

To encourage young aspiring composers at an early stage in their careers, in 2019 O/Modernt inaugurated an annual Composition Award. The third edition in 2021 asks composers to reflect on the dialogue between nature and the city.

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Sebastian Fagerlund New Works for String Orchestra and Piano Trio
Sebastian Fagerlund
Sebastian Fagerlund
New Works for String Orchestra and Piano Trio

Title "Remain"
Year of composition 2022
Scoring piano trio
Duration 15-20 min
Current co-commissioners O/Modernt, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Storioni Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Katrina Chamber Music Festival

Year of composition 2023
Scoring solo violin and strings
Duration ca 15 min
Current co-commissioners O/Modernt, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Sauli Zinovjev Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Orchestra
Sauli Zinovjev
Sauli Zinovjev
Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Orchestra

Year of composition 2022
Scoring Piano, Violin and String Orchestra
Duration ca 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Västerås Sinfonietta, Tapiola Sinfonietta

Brett Dean Piano Quartet
Brett Dean
Brett Dean
Piano Quartet

Year of composition 2020
Scoring Piano Quartet
Duration 20 min
Commissioners O/Modernt, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Seraphim Trio

Pēteris Vasks 'In Evening light' for solo violin and strings
Pēteris Vasks
Pēteris Vasks
'In Evening light' for solo violin and strings

Year of composition 2021
Scoring Violin and String Orchestra
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Artur Maskats ‘Summer Dreams’ for Violin, Mezzosoprano and String Orchestra
Artur Maskats
Artur Maskats
‘Summer Dreams’ for Violin, Mezzosoprano and String Orchestra

Year of composition 2020
Scoring Violin, Mezzosoprano, String Orchestra and Percussions
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Kremerata Baltica

Dobrinka Tabakova ‘The Patience of Trees’ for solo violin, strings and percussion
Dobrinka Tabakova
Dobrinka Tabakova
‘The Patience of Trees’ for solo violin, strings and percussion

Year of composition 2021
Scoring Violin, String Orchestra and Percussions
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Manchester International Festival, Cascais & Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, Musik i Dalarna

Looking for partners
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Arturs Maskats ‘Summer Dreams’ for Violin, Mezzosoprano and String Orchestra (2020)
Pēteris Vasks 'In Evening light' for solo violin and strings (2021)
Dobrinka Tabakova ‘The Patience of Trees’ for solo violin, strings and percussion (2021)
Sauli Zinovjev Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra (2022)


He’s a fascinating programmer ... You would almost think he was a composer when you look at his programmes! Alasdair Nicolson, Composer