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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.

O/Modernt exudes creativity from every pore Dagens Nyheter
Torniamo all’antico, sarà un progresso Giuseppe Verdi
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 Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
Pēteris Vasks
Pēteris Vasks
Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra

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

Mark Anthony Turnage ‘Lament’ for Solo Violin and String Orchestra
Mark Anthony Turnage
Mark Anthony Turnage
‘Lament’ for Solo Violin and String Orchestra

Year of composition 2021
Scoring Violin and String Orchestra
Duration 20 min
Current Commissioners Radio France, New Century Chamber Orchestra San Francisco, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta

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

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

Year of composition 2020
Scoring String Orchestra, Percussion and Dance
Duration 20 min
Choreography: Ksenia Zvereva

Dobrinka Tabakova Concerto for Violin, String orchestra and Percussions
Dobrinka Tabakova
Dobrinka Tabakova
Concerto for Violin, String orchestra and Percussions

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

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

Looking for partners
Looking for partners

Mark Anthony Turnage ‘Lament’ for Solo Violin and String Orchestra (2018-19)
Arturs Maskats ‘Summer Dreams’ for Violin, Mezzosoprano and String Orchestra (2020)
Kate Moore Concerto for Orchestra and Dance (2020)
Pēteris Vasks Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (2021)
Dobrinka Tabakova Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra (2021)
Sauli Zinoviev 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