O/Modernt embraces the world of contemporary music, collaborating with composers of all ages, from all over the world.
In total O/Modernt has commissioned over forty works in the last nine years, ranging from short solo works for harpsichord to fully-ﬂedged cantatas and symphonic concertos.
In 2019 O/Modernt inaugurated an annual composition award. In 2020 O/Modernt held its second composition award in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Schweden, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Gehrmans Musikförlag.
The language in which I make my poems has nothing to do with any spoken here or elsewhere. — Paul Celan
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. — Ludwig van Beethoven
Tobias Broström was born in 1978 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Following four years of percussion studies at the Malmö Academy of Music, he embarked on the pursuit of a Master’s degree in composition, studying with the Swedish composer Rolf Martinsson and the Italian composer Luca Francesconi.
Broström has composed chamber opera and various chamber music, but during the last years he has mainly focused on orchestral writing in works such as La Danse, Transit Underground, Crimson Skies, Crimson Seas, Kaléidoscope, Violin Concerto, Arena – Percussion Concerto No. 1, Piano Concerto – Belle Epoque, Samsara, Cello Concerto and Lucernaris – Concerto for Trumpet, Live Electronics & Orchestra, which was composed for Håkan Hardenberger. Numerous soloists, conductors, ensembles and orchestras, including, Robin Ticciati, Michael Sanderling, John Storgårds, Anna Larsson, Karen Gomyo, Thomas Søndergård, Andrew Manze, Dima Slobodeniouk, Johannes Gustavsson, Per Tengstrand, Colin Currie, Mats Rondin, Tõnu Kaljuste, Simon Preston, Johan Bridger, Hugo Ticciati, Jaime Martín, BBC Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dresdner Philharmonie, BBC Philharmonic, Komische Oper Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Estonian National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Wales, Gävle SO, Helsingborg SO, Trondheim SO, Malmö SO, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Vogtland Philharmonie, Oviedo SO, NorrlandsOperans SO, Aurora Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Rider, Musica Vitae, Third Coast Percussion Quartet, Malleus Incus, Essens:1 and Gageego have performed his works. Tobias’ music have been performed throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.
A composer and jazz pianist, Jill Jarman’s music reflects diverse genres, effortlessly merging the boundaries between classical and jazz. "...Art music with jazz waywardness…" [Swedish dagbladet]. A fascination with music from different cultures blur these boundaries further, and can be heard in works such as Echoes from the birdcage, an ensemble piece with percussionist Evelyn Glennie showing aspects from the multi-cultural sound world of London’s Kings Cross.
Her music sways between an almost timeless suspension and rhythmical energy, as in Soundwaves of light, an orchestral piece based on light emissions from the stars in the sky. Science and the natural world often inform her creative process allowing new compositional devices to occur, engaging the listener in an evolving and multi-layered sound-world. She created a new harmonic system, Polychords of limited transposition, which can be heard in many of her pieces.
Artistic director of BCMG since 2016, percussionist, conductor, composer, and artistic director of Das Neue Ensemble Hannover, Stephan Meier studied percussion and piano in Hannover and The Hague, attended courses with Pierre Boulez, Mauricio Kagel and Luigi Nono, and in conducting with Diego Masson and Peter Eötvös under scholarships from the Centre Acanthes and Foyle Foundation / Cath Collins, Dartington. As soloist and with his ensembles Stephan Meier has performed on WDR, NDR, br, ORF, at ZKM Karlsruhe and Het Slagwerkfestival, and with the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, musica viva München, Philharmonie Ljubljana and Nischni- Novgorod. As an expert in the popularisation and promotion of New Music, Meier has been invited to speak at conferences of the Deutscher Musikrat and by the President of Germany.
Since moving from North Dakota to Sweden in 2008, composer Matthew Peterson has made his mark as an independent and dynamic voice in music, praised for his “mastery of vocal writing and colorful orchestration” (Classical Voice America) and for crafting opera that is "darkly brilliant" (Texas Classical Review) “truly beautiful” (Anne Midgette, Washington Post), and “instantly compelling” (Heidi Waleson, WSJ).
His music defies categorization. Sixty-plus performed works feature mystical soundscapes, atmospheric light-clouds, soaring voices embracing one another midair, airy and elusive constructions of undulating dynamics and flickering facets, powerful zigzag lines, unruly and physically pounding rhythms snorting with life, and songs of devastating simplicity.
ALBERT SCHNELZER ”one of Sweden’s foremost composers” (Classical Music Magazine, UK), made his international breakthrough at the Présence Festival in Paris 2004. His music is often described as energetic and forwardgoing, lyrical and fragile, but also directly accessible and intensly personal.
Albert Schnelzer was born in Värmland, Sweden on June 3 1972. Between 1994 and 2000 he studied at the Malmö Academy of Music and he has also studied at master’s level at the Royal College of Music in London. In 1998, while still a student, Albert Schnelzer won the competition Composers of Tomorrow with the orchestral work ”Erupto”, which was premiered by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.
Andrea Tarrodi, born in 1981, is a Swedish composer based in Stockholm. Her works have been performed at several venues both in Sweden and abroad, among them the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms in 2017, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Musikverein and the Barbican Centre in London. In 2018 Tarrodi´s CD ’String Quartets’ performed by the Dahlkvist Quartet was awarded with a Swedish Grammy for best classical album of the year. Tarrodi's music has also been represented several times at Östersjöfestivalen / the Baltic Sea Festival.
Tarrodi started playing the piano at the age of 8, and became interested in composition shortly thereafter. She studied composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Conservatorio di Musica di Perugia, Italy, and the College of Music in Piteå with, among other teachers, Jan Sandström, Pär Lindgren, Fabio Cifariello-Ciardi, Jesper Nordin and Marie Samuelsson. She completed her master´s degree in composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2009.
In 2010 her piece Zephyros for orchestra received 1st prize in the Uppsala Composition Competition, which led to several performances of the piece by different orchestras around the world.
During 2011-2013 Tarrodi was Sveriges Radio (Radio Sweden) P2´s Composer in Residence. A residence that included, among other projects, commissions from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir. In spring 2012 she was appointed "Composer of the Spring Season" in the Berwald Concert Hall. In the same year Tarrodi received the Swedish MPA:s Classical Music Award of the Year - chamber music for her piece Empíreo for strings, harp and percussion. During 2013-2014 Andrea Tarrodi was the Västerås Sinfonietta´s Composer in Residence. In 2015 she received the Carin Malmlöf-Forssling Award.
Associated for many years with Drottningholms Slottsteater, most recently as Artistic Director (2007-13), and was Professor of Musical Studies at the University College of Opera, Stockholm (2002-12). In 2013 Mark co-founded Performing Premodernity, a five-year research project based at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. Since 2002 he has worked in various part-time capacities at Lilla Akademien (the Junior Academy) in Stockholm, and isthe school's Artistic Advisor.
Recent projects include compiling and conducting Georgiana, a new eighteenth-century opera pasticcio, commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Buxton Festival (UK), conducting and staging Purcell's Dido and Aeneas for the Stift Festival (Holland); and conducting at the Trigonale Festival (Austria). Forthcoming projects include leading Performing Premodernity's Rousseau Double Bill (Pygmalion and Le Devin du Village) at Confidencen.
His doctoral research stems from questions that arise from performing Italian opera and other vocal music from the late Enlightenment era today.
The inaugural O/Modernt Composition Award asked applicants to 'misread' of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ('Eroica') as the starting point for a Piano Quintet.
Frej Wedlund was the first prize winner, with the following comment from the jury:
Frej Wedlund's Piano Quintet is a technically advanced, intensive and intellectually challenging work, which communicates a clear vision and creates its own sound world.
Frej Wedlund is educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and is currently studying the master's program in composition at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. His music has been performed by world-leading ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet and ensemble research in the Nordic countries, Europe and the USA.
He has previously won, among others, 4 × 4 Prizes 2016 and the North Carolina New Music Initiative 2018 for the orchestra's work Half-light on desolation. The string quartet Plasticity has recently achieved great success, and was selected for Nordic Music Days 2019, Young Nordic Music 2019, Mise-En Music Festival 2019, and was listed for the British Ivan Juritz Prize 2019.
To commemorate the double anniversary of the Romanian-born poet Paul Celan (1920–70), applicants were asked to write a work in response to his life and poetry. Celan, a lifelong expatriate who was fluent in six languages, once wrote: ‘the language in which I make my poems [German] has nothing to do with any spoken here or elsewhere.’ Yet, he was imbued with literary culture: his birthplace, Czernowitz, was reputed to have had more bookshops than bakeries. Responding to Celan, applicants were asked particularly to reflect on universal themes of hope and suffering.
1st prize winners:
Andrea Sordano - Ein Körnchen Sands
Francisco José Andreo Gázquez - Celan Pieces
Andrea Sordano was born in Latina in 1996. He started as a child to approach music and he entered at the age of 13 in the composition class of Maestro Alberto Meoli and in the Classical Guitar class of Maestro Giuseppe Gazzelloni.
He graduated in Guitar and Composition in 2018 at the same conservatory. During his studies he was able to participate in numerous masterclasses of composition with artists such as: Giorgio Colombo Taccani, Toshio Hosokawa, Leo Brouwer, Richard Causton, Vittorio Montalti.
As a composer he is active in the field of applied music (soundtrack of the web series Il solito Noir and Il personaggio by Lorenzo Nuccio; documentary being MISSONI by Ruggero Gabbai produced by Sky Arte and Good Day Films; music for commercials and corporate videos) and absolute music. His works has been played all over Europe.
In 2019 he won the 3rd prize at the “Wolfgang Jacobi” competition in Trossingen, Germany.
He also won the 2nd prize at the “Premio Musica Nova” competition in Latina, Italy.
Francisco José Andreo Gázquez (b. 1989) is a composer based in Murcia (Spain). He develops his composition and research activity alongside his teaching career in Castilla -La Mancha Conservatory, heading its International Relations Department.
He studied Composition and Musicology in Murcia Conservatory and Mannheim Musikhochschule (Germany), holding a MA in Composition by the Madrid Royal Conservatory. After getting a Master in Music Education by the University of Granada (Spain), he has participated in the "PIIISA" project working with teenagers thru music. As a researcher, has been working also in the Cultural Management field, especially in relation with contemporary music, completing a Master in Cultural Management in the Open University of Catalonia. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the direction of composer Dr. José María Sánchez-Verdú.
His works have been premiered in Germany (Forum Neue Musik, Heidelberg), Spain (City of Salamanca Symphonic Orchestra, Auditory 400-Reina Sofía Museum), New York (Yumi Suehiro) or Portugal (Remix Ensemble). His chamber opera #RED, based on our new relations with social networks, was premiered in 2014. "Frío de Límites", composed after the poetry of Antonio Gamoneda and José Ángel Valente, was finalist at the International Composition Competition Povoa de Varzim and included by Plural Ensemble (Spain) in their national tour 2016, being also programmed in Mixtur Festival 2017 (Barcelona). In 2018 he received an artistic grant by the Madrid Government, and in 2019 premiered "Stressed Out" with the Madrid Symphonic Wind Band in the Madrid Congress Palace.