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Commissioning

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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Torniamo all’antico, sarà un progresso Giuseppe Verdi
Jill Jarman ‘Lineage’ for string orchestra
Jill Jarman
Jill Jarman
‘Lineage’ for string orchestra

Year of composition: 2022
Scoring: 4,4,3,3,1
Duration: ca 15 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt and Musik i Dalarna
Swedish premiere: June 2023 (Festival O/Modernt)

Albert Schnelzer New Work for string sextet/string orchestra
Albert Schnelzer
Albert Schnelzer
New Work for string sextet/string orchestra

Year of composition: 2022/2023
Scoring: TBC
Duration: ca 15 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt, RUSK Festival (Finland), Musik i Uppland/Uppsala Kammarsolister (TBC) *
Swedish premiere: June 2023 (Festival O/Modernt)

* Looking for partners

Krists Auznieks New Piece for violin and string orchestra
Krists Auznieks
Krists Auznieks
New Piece for violin and string orchestra

Year of composition: 2022
Scoring: TBC
Duration: ca 20 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt *
Swedish premiere: June 2023 (Festival O/Modernt)

* Looking for partners

Sebastian Fagerlund "Remain" and New work for string orchestra
Sebastian Fagerlund
Sebastian Fagerlund
"Remain" and New work for string orchestra

Title: "Remain" for piano trio
Year of composition: 2022
Scoring: violin, piano, violoncello
Duration: ca. 21 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Storioni Festival, Kuhmo Festival, Katrina Chamber Music Festival *
Swedish premiere: June 2023 (Festival O/Modernt)

Title: New work for string orchestra
Year of composition: 2022
Scoring: 5, 5, 4, 3, 2
Duration: ca 13 min
Co-commissioners O/Modernt, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra *
Swedish premiere: June 2023 (Festival O/Modernt)

* Looking for partners

Sauli Zinovjev Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings
Sauli Zinovjev
Sauli Zinovjev
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings

Year of composition: 2022
Scoring: TBC
Duration: ca 20 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt, Västerås Sinfonietta, Tapiola Sinfonietta *
Swedish premiere: 2023/24

* Looking for partners

Steve Reich Jacob’s Ladder
Steve Reich
Steve Reich
Jacob’s Ladder

Year of Composition: 2022/23
Scoring: 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2vib, 2pft, 2vln I, 2vln II, 2vla, 2vcl and 4 voices – TBC
Duration: ca 15-20 min
Co-commissioners: Queen Silvia Concert Hall (Stockholm), O/Modernt, New York Philharmonic, Radio France Presence Festival, BBC Proms, Casa da Musica *
Swedish premiere: February 2024 (Winter Festival O/Modernt)

* Looking for partners

Osvaldo Golijov Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, Flute and Strings
Osvaldo Golijov
Osvaldo Golijov
Concerto for Violin, Clarinet, Flute and Strings

Year of Composition: 2023/24
Scoring: TBC
Duration: ca 15-20 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt, Klassiske Dage Festival *
Swedish premiere: 2024

* Looking for partners

Golfam Khayam New Work for Violin, Kamancheh, Voice and String Orchestra
Golfam Khayam
Golfam Khayam
New Work for Violin, Kamancheh, Voice and String Orchestra

Year of Composition: 2023
Scoring: TBC
Duration: ca 15-20 min
Co-commissioners: O/Modernt *
Swedish premiere: June 2024 (Festival O/Modernt)

* Looking for partners

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