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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 composers from all over the world. Over the last eight years, O/Modernt has commissioned more than forty works, ranging from short solo works for harpsichord to fully-fledged cantatas and symphonic concertos.

Commissioniong partners have included Wigmore Hall, King’s Place London, British Museum, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, West Cork, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, Wimbledon International Festival, Manchester Camerata, East Neuk Festival Scotland, String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, Kremerata Baltica, Antony Gormley, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Nordica, Storioni Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, Holstebro International Music Festival, Hermitage Winter Festival, RUSK Festival, Gehrmans Musikförlag.

In 2019 O/Modernt inaugurated an annual composition award.

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Brett Dean Piano Quartet
Brett Dean
Brett Dean
Piano Quartet

Year of composition 2020
Scoring Piano quartet
Duration 20 min
Commissioners O/Modernt, Storioni Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Festival, West Cork, Serafim Trio

Pēteris Vasks Violin Concerto
Pēteris Vasks
Pēteris Vasks
Violin Concerto

Year of composition 2021
Scoring Violin and string orchestra
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Mark Anthony Turnage Violin Concerto
Mark Anthony Turnage
Mark Anthony Turnage
Violin Concerto

Year of composition 2021
Scoring String orchestra
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Daniel Hope, NFM Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco

Artur Maskats Concerto for Violin and Mezzosoprano
Artur Maskats
Artur Maskats
Concerto for Violin and Mezzosoprano

Year of composition 2020
Scoring String orchestra and percussion
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Kremerata Baltica

Kate Moore Concerto for Orchestra and Dance
Kate Moore
Kate Moore
Concerto for Orchestra and Dance

Year of composition 2020
Scoring String orchestra, percussion and dance
Duration 20 min
Choreography: Ksenia Zvereva

Andrea Tarrodi Violin and Clarinet Concerto
Andrea Tarrodi
Andrea Tarrodi
Violin and Clarinet Concerto

Year of composition 2021
Scoring String orchestra and percussion
Duration 20 min

Judith Weir Violin Concerto
Judith Weir
Judith Weir
Violin Concerto

Year of composition 2021
Scoring String orchestra
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, East Neuk Festival, Sinfonia Viva


Dobrinka Tabakova Violin Concerto
Dobrinka Tabakova
Dobrinka Tabakova
Violin Concerto

Year of composition 2021
Scoring String orchestra and percussion
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners O/Modernt, Manchester Camerata, Cascais & Oeiras Chamber Orchestra

Looking for partners
Looking for partners

Mark Anthony Turnage Violin Concerto with String Orchestra (2021)
Arturs Maskats Concerto for Violin and Mezzosoprano with String Orchestra (2020)
Kate Moore Concerto for Orchestra and Dance (2020)
Pēteris Vasks Violin Concerto with String Orchestra (2021)
Judith Weir Violin Concerto with String Orchestra (2021)
Dobrinka Tabakova Violin Concerto with String Orchestra (2021)
Andrea Tarrodi Violin and Clarinet Concerto with String Orchestra (2021)

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