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Festival O/Modernt

11 - 16 June 2021

‘Exudes creativity from every pore’

Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field. O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/modern’) celebrates this ‘looking back’ to find imaginative renewal in the past by exploring the relationships between the work of early composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture — in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature and scholarship. The O/Modernt spirit of reinvention finds special expression in a summer festival.

Staged in June at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre in Stockholm, Festival O/Modernt is the highlight of our season, where we assemble a wonderful array of artists from around the world to take part in concerts and arts events alongside emerging talents. The starting point for the weeklong schedule is a noted composer of the past, who is celebrated through imaginative programming and unusual artistic juxtapositions.

Full 2021 programme to be announced soon!

In time, space, and media, it may be the most multi-dimensional classical festival in the world —The London Magazine
Borders evaporate and improvisation builds bridges between works, creating a sensation of hovering free in the air: like birds —Svenska Dagbladet
Alasdair Beatson Piano
Alasdair Beatson
Alasdair Beatson

Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen festivals, two appearances in the Time Unwrapped series at Kings Place, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble among many. Throughout the season he is Chamber Pianist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Alasdair is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. Alongside a particular affinity with the classical repertoire and the music of Schumann and Fauré, he often explores the more exotic: Catoire, Pierné, Thuille; Debussy’s Jeux (in the composer’s arrangement for solo piano); Ligeti Horn Trio, Thomas Adès Piano Quintet; and piano trio arrangements of Debussy’s La Mer, Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata, Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony (with 3 percussionists) and Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. His concerto repertoire includes works of Bach, Bartok, Fauré, Hans Abrahamsen, Hindemith, Mozart, Sally Beamish, Stravinsky, Messiaen, appearing in recent years with Britten Sinfonia, Moscow Virtuosi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
2017 saw the release on BIS of a recording with Alec Frank-Gemmill of 19th century music for horn and piano, recorded on four exquisite historical pianos (and four fantastical historical horns) spanning 1815 - 1895. This release joins an acclaimed discography of three solo and numerous chamber recordings, on BIS, Claves, Champs Hill, Evil Penguin and SOMM labels.
A regular participant at the open chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair took part in their tours of 2007 and 2011, and collected the 2008 RPS Award for Chamber Music on their behalf. He has enjoyed working closely with composers George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Heinz Holliger and Helena Winkelman.

A former student of John Blakely and Menahem Pressler, Alasdair is increasingly drawn to education, teaching annually on the Musicworks summer courses, as a regular mentor at London's Chamber Studio, and maintaining a class of solo pianists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Alasdair is founder and artistic director of the French chamber music festival Musique à Marsac, and from 2019 a co-artistic director of the chamber music festival in Ernen, Switzerland.

Andrea Hamilton conceptual artist & photographer
Andrea Hamilton
Andrea Hamilton
conceptual artist & photographer

Andrea Jarvis Hamilton (born in 1968, Lima, Peru) is a UK-based conceptual artist and photographer best known for her extensive series of photographic images, or typologies, of the ocean, natural phenomena, and the Kelvin scale. Her work encompasses numerous photographic genres including portraiture, still life, long exposure and landscape. Her systematic collection of subjects within a strict conceptual framework (Chroma, Tidal Resonance and Luminous Icescapes) over extended time periods has resulted in comprehensive archives. These are retrospectively organised according to common visual characteristics (movement, colour, light) into series which highlight specific themes: the nature of time and memory, our relationship with the environment, colour theory, being, and the representation of truth.

Hamilton’s works frequently examine the durational capacity of photography and the contingency of both past and future, as related in Roland Barthes’ notion of time. For example, in her Water Works series Tidal Resonance, shown at Delahunty in 2014, we see the ocean preserved in the infinite present; time suspended in motion. Hamilton is interested in the transformative power of the camera to turn one representation of nature into another. Her Panterfällen series of photographic images, taken in 2008 during a trip to the Biological Museum in Djurgården, shift the static diorama into a landscape portrait.

Hamilton frequently employs photography to create images that highlight the emotional potential of our environment. Since 2000 she has been building a series of seascape photographs, Colour of Time, into a library of more than 16,000 images. Seeking to capture the maximum chromatic variation in one place through rigorous documentation, Hamilton sets constant parameters of location and distance of tripod from the water’s edge, centring the frame on the horizon line.

Time and Water is the first book from this series exclusively featuring black and white, long-exposure images of the ocean. In these she questions the nature of perception, the fabric of memory and our experience of time through the process of repetition and constancy. “My photographs follow the law of a series, and the notion of ‘the serial’, capturing the changing mood of nature from a single constant standpoint,” she states. Using a large-format Hasselblad camera and maximum exposure times (15 minutes) in moonlight, she creates smooth, time-worn images where the ocean’s surface appears almost geological, as if fixed permanently in formation.

In the next chapter from Colour of Time, Hamilton introduces A Nomenclature of Seachroma, a project that examines our experience of hues through time, memory and culture. Hamilton’s starting point was a taxonomic guide to the shades of the natural world, first published in 1814: Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. Comprised of monochromes, duochromes and trichomes, Hamilton rigorously matches the colours with ancient pigments, minerals or flora and then explores the story of each hue through history of art, culture and colour theory. The next chapter, We are the Weather, is a series of seascapes based on the Romantic tradition and the idea that we are not distinct to nature but a part of it.

Hamilton has published three books of photographs. Her first, AH20, published in 2014, collects together works created under the Tidal Resonance and Luminous Icescapes series, and includes an introduction by Rabih Hage and essays by Anthony Downey and Ben Eastham. In 2015 she was one of the photographers commissioned to photograph London’s creative scene for London Burning: Portraits of a Creative City. The book includes interviews and photographs of various creative personalities including Edmund de Waal, Tamara Rojo, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Matthew Slotover. Meanwhile London Every Day (2015), commissioned by The Mayor’s Fund for London, focused on street photography and the beauty and creativity of regular life. London Every Day includes an introduction by Charlotte Cotton, plus contributions from David Adjaye, John Frieda, Anish Kapoor, Sir Elton John, Mary McCartney, Martin Sorrell and Charlize Theron and many more.

Recent commissions include a three-metre wall in a subterranean section of The Jokulsarlon Lagoon‘s visitor building and the façade of the Flannels flagship shop on Oxford Street (coming soon).


Brett Dean Composer
Brett Dean
Brett Dean

Brett Dean studied in his hometown, Brisbane, before moving to Germany in 1984 where he was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for fourteen years, during which time he began composing. His music is championed by many of the leading conductors and orchestras worldwide, including Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Simone Young, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Marin Alsop and Sakari Oramo. Much of Dean’s work draws from literary, political, environmental or visual stimuli, including a number of compositions inspired by artwork by his wife Heather Betts.

Bryony Gibson-Cornish viola
Bryony Gibson-Cornish
Bryony Gibson-Cornish

Originally from New Zealand, Bryony is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, The Juilliard School, the University of Canterbury and the Pettman National Junior Academy in New Zealand. She is a member of the Marmen Quartet, winners of the Ensemble Section of the Annual Royal Overseas League Music Competition and the Musicians Company Concerts Concordia Award for 2018/19.

While at the RCM, Bryony completed Artist Diplomas in Viola and Chamber Music, supported by the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship and the Albert and Eugenie Frost Scholarship. She won the Viola Competition and the Tagore Gold Medal during her time there and she now serves as teaching assistant to her former professor, Andriy Viytovych. She is grateful for numerous grants and scholarships, including the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Pettman Foundation, Fulbright New Zealand and the Kathleen Trust.

Bryony has performed with English National Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as guest Co-Principal and also freelances with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Britten Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra. Bryony loves travelling home to perform and teach in New Zealand. On her most recent visit, she recorded New Zealand composer Philip Norman’s When Gravity Fails with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.


Christina Nilsson soprano
Christina Nilsson
Christina Nilsson

Described as 'one of the fastest rising stars of the operatic world', Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson has recently performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Lyon, Royal Swedish Opera, Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, Oper Frankfurt and Opéra de Lausanne in roles such as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Elsa Lohengrin, Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos and the title role in Aida , one of the Drei Arme Adelige Waisen Der Rosenkavalier, Donna Anna Min bror är Don Juan by WA Mozart / Niklas Brommare, The Magician Son of Heaven, Geltrude Enrico di Borgogna and Sångerskan Hos Oss.

She also performed at the prestigious Nobel Prize ceremony at the Royal Concert House Stockholm in 2018.

Claude Frochaux cello
Claude Frochaux
Claude Frochaux

The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt, Essen and Madrid. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues like Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, as well as broadcast repeatedly on the radio -BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica.

In 2008 he founded Monte Piano Trio with which he won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt, Folkwang Prize et al.) and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the german island of Sylt.

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Gwilym Simcock pianist & composer
Gwilym Simcock
Gwilym Simcock
pianist & composer

Winner of many awards for his playing and composition Gwilym Simcock moves effortlessly between jazz and classical creating a sound that is very much his own. He works with orchestras, choirs, big bands, small ensembles and musicians from all areas of music including jazz, folk, pop and classical combining throughcomposed elements with improvisation.

Described as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, he is renowned for his solo performances, releasing a Barclaycard Mercury nominated solo album 'Good Days at Schloss Elmau” on ACT in 2011 which was lauded as "dazzlingly fresh", "world class", "stupendous" "phenomenal" "a cause for huge celebration".
His music is widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible', and above all 'wonderfully optimistic’.

Gwilym is often on radio and TV including The Proms on BBC2 TV, as guest presenter on ‘Saturday Classics’ and “Composer of the Week” on BBC Radio 3, and with the finalists at the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Awards on BBC4 TV. In 2018-9 he is Artist in Residence with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg.

In 2014 he released two highly acclaimed albums on ACT “Instrumation” with the City of London Sinfonia and “Reverie at Schloss Elmau” a duo with his long time collaborator bassist Yuri Goloubev. His latest release “Near and Now” (2019) is a highly acclaimed solo album dedicated to some of his early influences. Gwilym co-leads Anglo-American Supergroup 'The Impossible Gentlemen' (with Mike Walker, Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum) who were nominated as Best Ensemble in the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He regularly tours the world with US guitar legend Pat Metheny’s quartet with Linda May Han Oh and Antonio Sanchez. He is Professor of Jazz Piano at his alma mater The Royal Academy of Music.

No young musician outside the pop world has moved as fast into the upper reaches of his profession as Simcock.
— Stuart Nicholson, Observer


Hugo Ticciati violin
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati

As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres in the most prestigious venues around the world, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt Orchestra and Festival which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. To date, over forty works have been written for and dedicated to him by a host of eminent composers, including Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Albert Schnelzer and Dobrinka Tabakova.

As the Artistic Director of his own O/Modernt Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Manchester Camerata, Hugo collaborates regularly with Kremerata Baltica, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Gaining a growing reputation for his innovative and adventurous programming, Hugo is frequently asked to devise and present concerts and festivals with a unique twist. This has led to ongoing collaborations with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London. Pursuing his passion for chamber music, Hugo has developed special artistic partnerships with members of the O/Modernt Soloists as well as other internationally renowned artists, notably Evelyn Glennie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nils Landgren, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen.

Hugo frequently gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both at Scandinavia’s leading specialist music school Lilla Akademien, where he holds the post of Deputy Artistic Director, and other educational institutions around the world.

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Jesper Kviberg Drummer
Jesper Kviberg
Jesper Kviberg

Jesper Kviberg teaches percussion with a focus on jazz. Jesper is educated at the Royal College of Music's music line and has long experience as a freelance musician. Jesper has played with international greats and "most" in Swedish jazz and has participated in many recordings. Jesper has been rewarded with The Ronnie Gardiner drummers award, Egil Johanssen's Memorial Scholarship ”and Alingsås Drummers Prize 2015. Since autumn 2013 Jesper has been training for percussion teacher at SMI, Stockholm's Music Pedagogical Institute.

Johannes Marmén violin
Johannes Marmén
Johannes Marmén

Johannes Marmen studied violin at Lilla Akademien from 2006, winning a full scholarship in 2008 for the summer chamber music course Musica Mundi in Belgium, where he received coaching from Paul Badura-Skoda and members of the Talich quartet. In 2009 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he currently studies violin with Professor Berent Korfker. As a chamber musician Marmen has performed with pianists Bengt-.ke Lundin, Benedicte Haid, and Johan Fr.st. He is also a founding member of the Leonhard String Quartet. Johannes was concertmaster of the Lilla Akademien Symphony orchestras (2008–9) and concertmaster of the Swedish National Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010, leading performances at Berwaldhallen, Chicago Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen (2010) and Tonu Kaljuste (2011–12). Prizes and awards include the Ingrid and Per Welin Scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music and the Kjerstin Dellert Confidencen Scholarship.

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm double bass
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm
double bass

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. Born in Stockholm, he has been a part of the O/Modernt concept from the outset, participating in the first edition of the festival and later joining the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra. He lives in Amsterdam where he was a Bachelor student in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he finished his Masters degree in Cross-Over music making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019.

Jordi has performed as a chamber musician and improviser in festivals all over Europe and as a guest player with a diverse set of ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Matthew Barley Ensemble (UK), the location-based improvisation concept Buro Nieuw Perspectief (NL) and the string orchestra Arte Frizzante (CH).
In 2021 he looks forward especially to premiering his new composition for solo double bass at the Wonderfeel Festival in Helsinki, improvising with Gareth Lubbe at the Sylt Chamber Music Festival and to spending some summer weeks in the Swiss Alps at the festival Musikdorf Ernen.

Julian Arp cello
Julian Arp
Julian Arp

Julian Arp studied at the Academy of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. He continued his studies with David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz. As a soloist and chamber musician Julian Arp appears regularly at festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Beauvais, Montreux, SoNoRo Bucharest, Stellenbosch, Stift Festival, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, and IMS Prussia Cove.

The Duo Arp/Frantz has released three CDs. In the words of Fono Forum: ‘They make music into pure celebration. It all sounds and sings.’ Contemporary composers, including Odeh-Tamimi, Koch, Nemtsov and Dinescu have written pieces for Julian Arp. He is a co-founder of the festival Zeitkunst which has been a guest at the Centre Pompidou, Radialsystem Berlin, Israel, England and Rio de Janeiro. Julian regularly gives master classes in Germany and abroad, and teaches at the University for Arts in Graz, Austria.

Kristian Bezuidenhout Keyboard Artist
Kristian Bezuidenhout
Kristian Bezuidenhout
Keyboard Artist

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.

Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, & Dunedin Consort (Bach St. Matthew Passion).

Ksenia Zvereva Choreographer
Ksenia Zvereva
Ksenia Zvereva

Graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg, Russia), educational program The Art of the Choreographer, MD. Тraineeship at the Nederlands Dans Theater (The Hague, Netherlands). Choreographer Ksenia Zvereva is a former company member of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus. Ksenia´s professional choreographic debut was in 2013, at the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia). Since then, she is working as a freelance choreographer worldwide and has created works for companies such as The Mariinsky Theatre, The Bolshoi Theatre, Astana Opera, Royal Swedish Ballet. She has been teaching modern dance at The Vaganova Ballet Academy, collaborated with The State Hermitage Museum and Hermitage Theatre as well as with Festival O/Modernt in Sweden. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix 2013, gold medal at Dance World Cup 2019 and International Dance Contest Premio DOC 2019. Has been featured in Dance ICONS under ”Trending: Female Ballet Choreographers on the Rise”. Participant of the renowned International ballet festival Benois de la Danse 2018. Ksenia has been taking part in numerous workshops and festivals, including UK, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden.

Leandro Mancini-Olivos drums & percussion
Leandro Mancini-Olivos
Leandro Mancini-Olivos
drums & percussion

Leandro Mancini-Olivos is a Chilean drummer and percussionist. Born in Stockholm and based in London. He studied music theory from an early age at the conservatory along with piano and guitar, and percussion with Ricardo Ruiz in Santiago de Chile. In 2009 he settled in the UK where he continued his studies in drum performance at The London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since 2010 he has toured the UK extensively with several bands and artists.

Playing world-music, jazz, art-rock and pop, Leandro has performed at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hackney Empire, Brighton Dome, Hampton Court Palace, Glasgow Royal Festival Hall, and music festivals like Glastonbury and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Between 2013-2015 he has had the privilege to be part of a operatic baroque play for children called Next Stop: Blue produced and performed at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Luciana Mancini mezzosoprano
Luciana Mancini
Luciana Mancini

Mezzosoprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her bachelor degree in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s.

Luciana has sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with stage directors such as Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.

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Magnus Almqvist Drummer & Percussionist
Magnus Almqvist
Magnus Almqvist
Drummer & Percussionist

After finishing his studies at StockholmsMusikKonservatorium in 1999 Magnus moved to Cuba where he enrolled at Centro Nacional Superior de Escuelas de Arte in Habana. Magnus has since worked as an independent session drummer and percussionist for almost 20 years touring with both international artists and some of Swedens biggest artists, some of these includes:

Hoffmaestro & Chraa (Sverige), Calle Real (Sverige/Chile/Kuba), Kaliffa (Sverige), Juanes (Colombia), Orquesta Pomo (Sverige/Kuba), Pepe Espinosa y su Timbakó (Cuba/Sweden), Gilito y su Clave (Cuba/Sweden/ Denmark), Sammy Kasule & Makonde (Uganda,Sverige), Ahmadu Jah & The Highlife Orchestra (Sierra Leone/Sverige), Golbang (Sverige/Iran/Kurdistan/Afghanistan) E-Type (Sverige), Arash (Iran/Sverige), Alcazar (Sverige), Andreas Johnson (Sverige), Nano (Sverige), Julgalan 2014 & 2015, The TV-show Stjärnornas Stjärna 2019 mm mm mm...
As bandleader and founder of his former band ”La Tremenda”, hi was one of the first musicians in Sweden who started executing and composing songs within the modern cuban dance music called Timba. That put him at the forefront of a genre that came to be a huge success and grow a wast community of dancers, musicians and cuban music fans not only in Sweden but all over Europe.

Marcelo Nisinman composer & bandoneon
Marcelo Nisinman
Marcelo Nisinman
composer & bandoneon

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nisinman is an international composer and master performer of bandoneon. He currently resides in Basel, Switzerland.

He studied bandoneon with Julio Pane and composition with Guillermo Graetzer in Buenos Aires and Detlev Müller-Siemens in Basel Musik Akademie, Switzerland.

Marcelo Nisinman, as renown bandoneon soloist, performed with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Gary Burton, Fernando Suarez Paz, Assad Brothers, the WDR Big Band, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrad, the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit & the Luzerner Simfoniorchester among others.
Composer in Residence in different Music Festivals as the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2008 and has been invited as Composer and Performer in the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Finland, the Boswil Festival in Switzerland, the Stift Festival in Holland, the Obertöne Kammermusik Festival in Austria, Festival du Jura in Switzerland, the Zeitkunst Festival in Berlin and in Paris as in Sonoro Festival in Bucarest, Romania.

Nisinman has also composed a number of Orchestral works that includes the Bandoneon as «Dark Blue Tango» (Ricordi Editions) premiered in its small chamber version by Orchestra Musiques des Lumieres and in its full orchestra version by Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Argentina, both premieres conducted by Facundo Agudin.

He collaborates constantly both as composer & performer in different musical projects and recordings with Daniel Rowland, Diana Ketler, Alberto Mesirca, Julia Schroeder, Anna Fedorova, Natacha Kudritskaya, Chen Halevi, Maja Bogdanovic, Felix Froschahmmer, Gareth Lubbe, Philippe Graffin, Helena Winkelman, Rui Lopes, Zoran Markovic, Alfredo Perl & the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra among others.


Marina Prada Dancer
Marina Prada
Marina Prada

Marina Prada is a dance teacher at the high school, a mentor at the high school and also teaches Spanish at both the high school and high school. Marina has been a professional at the Royal Opera. She currently runs the Swing Academy, the music publishing Nordic art edition and teaches at the Lilla Akademien.

Mark Padmore Tenor
Mark Padmore
Mark Padmore

Mark Padmore was born in London and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars.

In opera Mark has worked with directors Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell, Mark Morris and Deborah Warner. Work has included the leading roles in Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden; Captain Vere in Britten Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staging of St Matthew Passion both for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Third Angel/John in George Benjamin Written on Skin with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the world premiere of Tansy Davies Cave with the London Sinfonietta. Most recently, he appeared in a new ROH production of Britten’s Death in Venice, where his performance was described as a “tour de force” and “exquisite of voice, [presenting] Aschenbach’s physical and spiritual breakdown with extraordinary detail and insight”.

In concert Mark performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 Season with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for 2016-17. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring both Bach St John and St Matthew Passions and has attracted worldwide acclaim.

Mark gives recitals worldwide. He has performed all three Schubert song cycles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York. Regular recital partners include Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Julius Drake, Till Fellner, Simon Lepper, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles and Andrew West. Composers who have written for him include Sally Beamish, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Thomas Larcher, Nico Muhly, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins and Ryan Wigglesworth.

His extensive discography includes: Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Haydn Die Schöpfung with Bernard Haitink and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR Klassik and lieder by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout for Harmonia Mundi. Other Harmonia Mundi recordings; Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis (Winterreise won the 2010 Gramophone magazine Vocal Award); Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout (2011 Edison Klassiek Award) and Britten Serenade, Nocturne and Finzi Dies Natalis with the Britten Sinfonia (ECHO/Klassik 2013 award).

Mark was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queens’ Birthday Honours List.

Mark is Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.

Mark Tatlow harpsichord
Mark Tatlow
Mark Tatlow

Conductor, keyboardist, and educator, Mark Tatlow is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg. His artistic research centres around developing a decolonising performance praxis for early vocal music. Mark was previously Artistic Director at Drottningholms Slottsteater (2007-13), Professor of Musical Studies at the University College of Opera, Stockholm (2002-12), and is a co-founder of Performing Premodernity, a research project based at Stockholm University. Since 2002 he has been Lilla Akademien’s Artistic Advisor, and acts as Executive Co-ordinator of the school’s on-going rebuilding work.

Recent opera performances include compiling and conducting Georgiana, the new award-winning 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), conducting at the Trigonale Festival (Austria) and leading Performing Premodernity's Rousseau Double Bill (Pygmalion and Le Devin du Village) at Confidencen. Future work includes preparing Uttini’s Birger Jarl.

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Marzi Nyman electric guitar
Marzi Nyman
Marzi Nyman
electric guitar

Marzi Nyman was born in 1979 in a small town of Lohja in rural Finland. His parents were musical and luckily made him take piano lessons since the age of 6. Marzi studied classical piano for 10 years, but then, finally, in his teens he realized that guitar is the king of all instruments, and started learning it with fierce passion. Marzi Nyman started his studies in Sibelius-Academy (jazz department) in the year 1998, and is still studying, mainly composition. Marzi is very interested in various types of performing and music-making. He has composed for orchestras, chamber groups, theater, movies and made songs that he performs himself. He has played with an colorful array of people and collectives in Finland and a bit abroad also. Some of the people he has performed with include Lenny Pickett, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones), Anu Komsi, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Igudesman & Joo (The League of Xtrordinary Musicians) and Pekka Kuusisto. He has been selected as Pori Jazz Artist (2003), and won the prestigious Teosto Award in 2006. Overall, curiosity is what drives Marzi Nyman. And the urge to connect with people. That's why he feels very lucky and happy to be a part of O/Modernt.

Nils Landgren trombone
Nils Landgren
Nils Landgren

The great Leonard Bernstein would recognize a kindred spirit in Nils Landgren, the Swedish trombonist, singer and all-round musical prodigy.
— The Guardian

A protean spirit fired by ceaseless dynamism, Nils Landgren is a trombone master of styles, a balladeer of melting poignancy and an innovative artistic director. In his long career as a trombonist, Nils has built on his classical and jazz training to create a unique idiom that opens up previously unexplored musical territories.

From his time with US chart-topping Blue Swede in the early 1980s, his dazzling sonorities have been deployed for a pantheon of contemporary music stars, and he has featured on 500 albums. Since the mid-1990s he has also played with his own band, Funk Unit, recording eleven albums. In the 1990s Nils also established himself as a singer, with Ballads, the first of several vocal albums showcasing a delicately charged voice that has earned comparisons with Chet Baker. He has received countless awards, notably the German Order of Merit, and is widely respected for his role in charitable work and cultural politics, particularly his Funk for Life partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières in Africa.

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O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra

Festival 2021

Hugo Ticciati leader
Johannes Marmén co-leader
Édua Zádory
Liana Svensson
Marta Spārniņa
Siljamari Heikinheimo

Bryony Gibson-Cornish
Francis Kefford
Fredrik Paulsson
Jenny Augustinsson

Claude Frochaux
Edward King
Julian Arp

Double bass
Jordi Carrasco-Hjelm
Kuba Becerra

Directed by violinist Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra is an integral part of O/Modernt. Comprised of top young players from all over Europe, the orchestra performs eclectic and adventurous programmes, with anything from arrangements of medieval motets to Bach, Webern and Metallica. The orchestra regularly collaborates with world-renowned soloists such as Evelyn Glennie, Steven Isserlis, Anne Sofie von Otter and Nils Landgren, as well as jazz artists, rappers, choreographers, rock-balancers and more!

Although only a few years old, the orchestra has gained an international reputation, with performances at the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.

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O/Modernt New Generation
O/Modernt New Generation
O/Modernt New Generation

O/Modernt is passionate about educating the next generation of young artists to think and create with no prejudice, no inhibition and no fear.

O/Modernt New Generation is a platform offering young instrumentalists the opportunity to learn from the process of rehearsing and performing with world-class musicians.

Robert Ikiz Drums
Robert Ikiz
Robert Ikiz

İkiz moved to Stockholm, Sweden from Istanbul, Turkey when he was 4 years old.

By the age of 2, he accompanied Tchaikovsky symphonies on pots and pans in his grandmother's apartment in Istanbul and had early found interest in music.
The music of Jimi Hendrix was İkiz biggest influence In elementary school, same period as his first band "Straight Ahead" toured and played concerts around Sweden.
Ikiz studied at the Stockholm Music Conservatory between 1995-1998 in the Afro-American music program. In 1998 he won the annual competition there and received a scholarship to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy.
During this period in Southern California he gained valuable experience in the American jazz scene playing in David Ornette Cherry´s Impressions Of Energy which included musicians like Justo Almario and Ralph "Buzzy" Jones among others.
While back in Europe with Stockholm as a base, İkiz started to tour with different groups and projects all over the world as well doing recording sessions on a regular basis. Ikiz has performed, held workshops or made studio sessions in over 40 countries such as Australia, China, France, Mexico, USA, South Africa, Russia, South Korea, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Norway, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Serbia/Montenegro and many more...

In October 2017 Ikiz recieved the "Musician of the year" prize from the Swedish Radio. The prize is called "Jazzkatten" and had never been handed out to a drummer before. Ikiz was nominated in 2015 as well for the same prize.
İkiz's talent has been recognized by the Swedish Royal Music Academy as he received awards in percussion in 1999 & 2003 and in Jazz in 2004.
Due to İkiz's ever-increasing interest in jazz, he started a record company called Stockholm Jazz Records in 2002 which he continues to run today with his partner Daniel Tilling.
"Checking In" (Stockholm Jazz Records, 2012) is the title of Ikiz debut album as a solo artist. China Moses, Shai Maestro, Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren and Karl Olandersson are some of the musicians that appear on the album.
"Zoetic Sessions" (Stockholm Jazz Records, 2015) is Ikiz´s 2nd solo album and it is Co-produced by Robin Bennich.
Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Ivan Lins, NDR Big Band, BBC Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Barbara Hendricks are some valuable artists & orchestras who Ikiz has performed and toured with.

İkiz is known for being an extremely versatile drummer/percussionist having played and recorded all sorts of music from straight-ahead jazz to funk and pop. Ikiz´s musical versatility can be heard in several different bands where he is a steady member

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Tord Gustavsen Piano
Tord Gustavsen
Tord Gustavsen

Pianist Tord Gustavsen has released eight albums on ECM Records with his ensemble and trio; "Changing Places" (2003), "The Ground" (2005), "Being There" (2007), "Restored, Returned" (2009/2010), "The Well" (2012); "Extended Circle" (2014); "What was said" (2016); and "The Other Side" (2018). His music has been met by a huge volume of critical approval around the world (cf. Critics). He has won the Norwegian Grammy Award (Spellemannsprisen) and numerous other awards and prizes (cf. extended CV).

After playing primarily in trio format for several years, Tord launched his new project, Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, in 2008 with a commissioned work for the Vossajazz Festival in Norway, followed by a new recording in 2009. In 2011-2015, the quartet was Tord's major touring ensemble formation, alongside duo and trio formats with the musicians in the ensemble. He did extended projects with Kristin Asbjørnsen and Susanna Wallumrød joining the ensemble on vocals, with Cecilie Jørstad doing spoken word, and with Nils Økland on fiddle/violin. In 2016, the ensemble was supplmented with a new, alternative trio featuring Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad on drums, for album release and extensive touring.

In 2018, it was again time to release an album in piano trio format, featuring bass player Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad. While relating to his first trilogy of trio albums, Tord's new album also integrates subtle electronics, and it paradoxically sounds both deeper, darker and more open than the first trio did.

Before starting his solo career, Tord had already been an important part of the Norwegian jazz scene for several years. His playing has formed a cornerstone in projects featuring some of the finest Norwegian singers, including Solveig Slettahjell, Silje Nergaard, Siri Gjære, and Kristin Asbjørnsen. The urge for individual expression fuses with acutely attentive listening in creative interplay, making Tord a very special experience both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. While relating to fields like Scandinavian folk music, gospel, Caribbean music and cool jazz alike, Tord's ensembles present a unique universe of lyricism and subtle funkiness. His way of melding jazz history with 'Nordic' reflective moods and lyrical beauty brings about an intriguing voice on today's music scene.

Tord tours extensively world-wide with his projects (cf. Live). He can be heard on several albums; in addition to his own releases there are releases with Solveig Slettahjell, Kristin Asbjørnsen, Mahsa Vahdat, Silje Nergaard, the Nymark Collective, the Ulrich Drechsler Quartet, Carl Petter Opsahl, and the duo aire & angels.


Trygve Seim saxophone
Trygve Seim
Trygve Seim

Trygve Seim was born in Oslo, Norway, April 25th 1971.

Trygve Seim is educated a jazz musician with saxophone as main instrument, at the jazz conservatory in Trondheim. He studied saxophone with John Pål Inderberg, Bob Rockwell, Rune Nicolaysen and Tore Engstrøm, and composition with Terje Bjørklund, Bertil Palmar Johansen, Edward Vesala and Bjørn Kruse. Since 1992 he has worked full time as a musician, composer and arranger.

Trygve Seim has released 22 CD’s on the prestigious German record label ECM Records, whereas 8 of them as a composer and band-leader or co-band-leader.

Trygve Seim’s debut album “Different Rivers” won the german records critics prize in 2001 “Jahrespreis – Presi der Deuchten Schallplattenkritik”.

Trygve Seim has made concert tours all over the world with his own ensemble’s and with The Source, as well as as a sideman in many other artist’s groups: Manu Katché, Jacob Young, Sinikka Langeland, Iro Haarla, Fathy Salama, Jai Shankar a.o.

Currently Trygve Seim is touring with- and composing for his own ensemble’s:

- Trygve Seim Ensemble (with 7 wind instruments, accordion, cello and drums).
- Trygve Seim Rumi Songs (with Tora Augestad, Svante Henryson and Frode Haltli).
- Trygve Seim Quartet (“Helsinki Songs” – with Kristjan Randalu, Mats Eilertsen and Markku Ounaskari).

as well as with:

- Trygve Seim/Frode Haltli duet
- Trygve Seim/Andreas Utnem duet

plus touring/recording as a sideman with other artists.

Vladimir Guala dancer
Vladimir Guala
Vladimir Guala

Vladimir Guala was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1981. His interest in music appeared already from a very young age through his father who came to Russia from South America. When he arrived in Sweden, he discovered salsa and mambo as a dance and very quickly became aware of his talent and motivation to invest in it. He joined one of the local dance teams in Stocholm and performed with them on local Swedish, but also international events. In 2008 he established his own dance company. Since then he is a well known dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer.

His Salsa style, is characterized by his passion, energy, and creativity. He teaches salsa and Mambo in Stocholm, and is known for the effective way in which he teaches the technique of leading and following.

Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen

Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen, is the oldest rococo theatre in Sweden, situated in the heart of Sweden’s first National City Park. Amidst idyllic gardens, rare flora and fauna, and a royal palace, visitors are invited to breathe the air of a bygone era.

Full 2021 programme to be announced soon!