Does the music of the past effortlessly enrich the modern composer’s creative consciousness or, to borrow a thought from the literary critic Harold Bloom, is it a source of anxiety? For some, immersion in the flow of tradition brings about artistic rebirth; for others, new art can only be created by confronting the illustrious art of the past. Beethoven’s explosive arrival on the great stage of western music at the end of the eighteenth century posed such questions with irresistible urgency. Creatively misreading the influence of their great precursor, succeeding composers in the western tradition have variously made peace with Beethoven’s works or engaged in a struggle with his originality and powers of invention.
In June 2019 Festival O/Modernt explores and ‘misreads’ – to appropriate again from Harold Bloom– the rich, diverse and complex reception of Beethoven’s ever-looming musical and ideological presence. MIS/READING BEETHOVEN breaks down generic barriers in order to re-engage with Beethoven’s extraordinary legacy, celebrating the work of his forebears and inheritors, and taking some exhilarating steps into the unknown.
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
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.
Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. He is widely recognised for pushing the boundaries of the French horn, whether by commissioning new music, making transcriptions of chamber music or through historically-informed performance practice. Alec was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme 2014-16, appearing as soloist with the BBC orchestras on numerous occasions, including in performances of rarely-heard repertoire by Ethel Smyth, Malcolm Arnold and Charles Koechlin. He has been a regular soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, performing concertos by Mozart (on the natural horn) with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, and Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner. In 2017 Alec gave the premiere of James Macmillan's Concertino for Horn, conducted by Andrew Manze.
Often invited as a guest principal horn, Alec has frequently appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also performs as part of period-instrument groups, most notably with Ensemble Marsyas. Their latest album “Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel” was critically acclaimed and singled out for its solo horn playing. Alec is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, which enabled him to make two recordings for the BIS label: a disc of 19th Century works for horn and piano with Alasdair Beatson, and baroque concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Both albums have been highly praised in the press.
Alec is Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, his alma mater. He also studied in Cambridge, Zürich and Berlin.
Praised for her “deeply moving” performances (Hamburger Abendblatt), Alina Pogostkina, winner of the 2005 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, performs at many of the world’s most renowned festivals and concert venues. She has collaborated with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gustavo Dudamel, David Zinman, Jonathan Nott, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling, David Afkham, Robin Ticciati, Thomas Hengelbrock and John Storgårds. Highlights of this season include debuts with L’Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Mikko Franck, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Osmo Vänskä and Budapest Festival Orchestra with Marin Alsop. Alina Pogostkina will open the BBC Symphony Orchestra concerts season at the Barbican Centre performing Berg’s violin concerto under the baton of Sakari Oramo. She will return to RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra with Clemens Schuldt and the Royal Stockhom Philharmonic Orchestra with Karl-Heinz Steffens.
Internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter has long been considered one of the finest singers of her generation. A lengthy and exclusive relationship with Deutsche Grammophon produced a wealth of recordings and numerous awards including an International Record Critics’ Award (recording artist of the year), a Grammy Award (best classical vocal performance) for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and a Diapason d’Or for a recording of Swedish songs with her long-time accompanist, Bengt Forsberg. She collaborated with pop legend Elvis Costello on the disc For the Stars and in October 2010 released her first recording on the Naïve label, Love Songs, a collaboration with renowned jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Subsequent recordings for Naïve include So Many Things – a collaboration with trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider – and a double CD of mélodies and chansons entitled Douce France which received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Anne Sofie von Otter earned an international reputation as an outstanding Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) with performances at the Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper and Opéra national de Paris. She performed the role as part of a series of engagements with James Levine at The Metropolitan Opera, and also with Carlos Kleiber in New York, Tokyo and at the Wiener Staatsoper (available on DVD). Other seminal opera recordings include Idomeneo, La clemenza di Tito, Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice under John Eliot Gardiner, Handel’s Ariodante and Hercules under Marc Minkowski, Pelléas et Mélisande under Bernard Haitink and Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Recent roles have included Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Salzburger Festspiele with Cecilia Bartoli (available on DVD); Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande) under Philippe Jordan for Opéra National de Paris (available on DVD); Leocadia Begbick (Mahagonny) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Countess Geschwitz in Christoph Marthaler’s production of Lulu at Staatsoper Hamburg. She appeared as Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper) at Theater an der Wien and as Waltraute (Die Götterdämmerung) at Festival d’Aix en Provence, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Wiener Staatsoper under Sir Simon Rattle, and she created the role of Leonore in the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, conducted by the composer. In Helsinki in September 2017 she created the role of Charlotte Andergast in Höstsonaten/Autumn Sonata – story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman and music of Sebastian Fagerlund, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig.
A busy concert schedule takes Anne Sofie von Otter to all corners of the world where recent appearances have included the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and l’orchestre Les Siècles with François-Xavier Roth. She performed Kindertotenlieder at Carnegie Hall with the orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera and Esa-Pekka Salonen and she appeared with Jonas Kaufmann and the Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by the late Claudio Abbado, for a televised performance of Das Lied von der Erde on the 100th anniversary of Mahler’s death.
Annette Walther studied in Düsseldorf, Essen and London with Ida Bieler, Vesselin Parschkevov and David Takeno. At the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London she also took chamber music classes with Sir Colin Davis and the Takacs Quartet.
She is a founding member of the Signum Quartet, an international renowned string quartet.
Concert appearances have taken the Signum Quartet to international podia from Madrid and Barcelona to Basel and Paris. The quartet has performed at the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Luxemburg Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Wigmore Hall London, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Boston Harvard Musical Association as well as at the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Schwetzingen Music Festivals and at the BBC Proms.
Their recording ‘No.3’ (Bartók, Berg and Schnittke) was awarded the International Classical Music Awards 2014 ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’. Subsequent recordings include “soundescapes“ (Ravel, Debussy, Adès) and “Alla czeca“ (Suk, Schulhoff, Dvorák).
The most recent released Schubert Recording in march 2018 is receiving international critical acclaim( Diapason d’Or amongst others)
In addition to her career with the Signum Quartet, Annette regularly performs with artists such as Nils Mönkemeyer, William Youn, David Cohen, Liza Ferschtman and Priya Mitchell at festivals including the Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg –Vorpommern, Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker and Kammermusikfest Sylt. Furthermore she played alongside Carolin Widmann, Alexej Girassimez and others in the Production’Figure Humaine‘ which the renowned german Choreographer Sasha Waltz created for the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in Januar 2017.
She is a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and ensemble musikfabrik, concertmaster of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore is she a member of the Geneva Camerata, O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Unterwegs.
At the beginning of 2016, Annette has been appointed as violin lecturer at the Louis Spohr Music Academy in Kassel and follows her passion of teaching with great enthusiasm.
Anni Haapaniemi studied oboe playing at the Sibelius-Academy and at the Conservatoires of Gothenburg and Geneva as well as in Paris. She earned her Masters degree from the Sibelius-Academy in 2007. Anni has been the solo oboist at Tampere Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and from the autumn of 2009 at the Tapiola Sinfonietta. She is also a member of the Arctic Hysteria Quintet and performs also with the period instruments from the classical and baroque eras. Anni Haapaniemi teaches oboe at the Sibelius-Academy and she has been the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Festival in Kaustinen in 2013-2015.
Axel Englund is a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and Associate Professor of Literature at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University. Originally trained as a composer, Englund specializes in word-and-music studies with a particular focus on the German-speaking world. He is the author of Still Songs: Music In and Around the Poetry of Paul Celan(2012), and his articles have appeared in The Opera Quarterly, German Life and Letters,German Quarterlyand Perspectives on New Music, as well as in numerous anthologies. Englund has held visiting scholarships at Columbia University, Freie Universität Berlin and Stanford University, where he was an Anna Lindh Fellow in 2011. He also works as a translator, his publications including Swedish editions of W.G. Sebald and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg is widely known as an accompanist to Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and other prominent singers. As a soloist, he is noted for unearthing and performing neglected repertory. Forsbergwas born July 26, 1952, in Edleskog, Sweden. He attended the Royal Academy of Music in Gothenburg, intending to become a church organist, but switched to piano and graduated in that field in 1978. He moved abroad for further study, working with Herman D. Koppel in Copenhagen and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He made his name as a soloist, sometimes in music that was both difficult and unfamiliar: he performed Nikolai Medtner's Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 50, with the Stockholm Philharmonic in 1999, and his solo repertory includes works of such composers as Charles Alkan and Kaikhosru Sorabji as well as standard French works. Forsberg has recorded several works by Saint-Saëns for the Hyperion label, and he has also issued recordings of music by Charles Koechlin, Léon Boëllmann, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, among others. He is perhaps best known, however, not for virtuoso solo work but for his performances and recordings as an accompanist, where he plays a background, although certainly critical, role. Foremost among his collaborations has been that with von Otter; their recording association began in 1989 with an album of songs by Jan Sibelius and has continued prolifically under the aegis of Sweden's BIS label, touching not only on Scandinavian repertory but on such novelties as songs by French composer Cécile Chaminade. Among their most acclaimed recordings was a recital of songs composed in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II. In 2018, von Otter and Forsberg released the multinational recital A Simple Song on BIS. Forsberg has also joined instrumentalists in duets and trios, recording music by the little-known Swedish composer Amanda Maier with violinist Cecilia Zilliacus and viola-and-piano music by York Bowen with British violist James Boyd.
Born in Argentina, Cecilia Knudtsen first made her musical training in her country (Conservatory C L Buchardo and University of La Plata). Then she moved to Switzerland where she studied viola da gamba with Arianne Maurette et Roberto Gini at the « Centre de musique ancienne de Genève" (CMA) and violone with David Sinclair at the « Schola Cantorum Basiliensis ». She performs with various ensembles Chiome D’oro (CH), Harmonia instrumentalis (CH), Cappella Mediterranea (CH),La batalla(CH) and has also collaborated with Isabella D’este (CH), Lucidarium (IT), Les Dominos(FR), Fanfarre du Loup (CH), Ensemble Concerto (IT), Le Concert Brisé(FR), Musica Fiorita(CH), Elyma(CH). She has recorded with the ensembles Chiome d’Oro, Concerto, Musica fiorita, Isabella d’este, La Batalla. She teaches viola da gamba, ensemble music and improvisation at the Conservatoire Populaire of Music, Dance and Theater of Geneva (CPMDT) and the didactics of early music at the HEM of Geneva.
Cédric Tiberghien has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by his wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, an openness to explore innovative concert formats and his dynamic chamber music partnerships. Performances this season include his debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, DSO Berlin and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. His solo recitals include London, Chicago and Tokyo, and with violinist Alina Ibragimova at the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour to Japan and Korea. In Spring 2019 the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) will present the premiere of Zauberland (Magic Land). During the 2017/18 season Cédric returned to the London Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. Other recent collaborations have included the Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras and Les Siècles at the BBC Proms.
Christoffer Sundqvist was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland at the age of 6 and began his clarinet studies at the Jakobstad Conservatory with Bernhard Nylund. Alongside his outstanding performances of the classical repertoire, he is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen and Sebastian Fagerlund have written more than 20 works for him. Sundqvist has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Estonian National Symphony and Basel Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, he is co-founder of the brass quintet Arktinen hysteriaand a long-term member of the Plus Ensemblebased in Turku. Christoffer collaborates regularly with Pekka Kuusisto, Hugo Ticciati, Angela Hewitt, Oliver Triendl and Niek de Groot. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad. Sundqvist’s discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded the EMMA prize.
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.
David Lundblad studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, graduating with diploma in 1999. He has also a diploma in church music from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm 1997. He has worked with several leading ensembles such as Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra, Gothenburg Opera Chorus, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, Dalasinfoniettan and others. He has also made several recordings for radio, television and CD. David has had the priviledge to study with distinguished conductors such as Eri Klas, Jorma Panula Matti Hyökki, Eric Ericson and Gustaf Sjökvist. David holds a position as conductor at Dalasinfoniettan, Falu kammarkör, Borlänge kammarkör and Dalasinfoniettans kör.
Berlin-based New Zealander Edward King is fast establishing himself as one of the foremost young cellists to emerge from Australasia. He has performed extensively throughout his home country and abroad, including concerto appearances with the New Zealand Symphony, Christchurch Symphony, Polish National Philharmonic, Canberra Symphony and Vogtland Philharmonic orchestras, among others. A versatile musician, Edward has been lauded for his musical interpretations ranging from performances of solo Bach to premières and collaborations with contemporary composers such as Johannes X. Schachtner, Markus Schmitt, Martin Lodge and Michael Williams.
A laureate of several prestigious competitions, Edward won the 3rd Prize and a special Lutosławski prize at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, 3rd prize ex aequo at the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen, and 1st prize at the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. At the International Penderecki Cello Competition Edward was awarded a special prize for his interpretation of Penderecki's Divertimento - presented by the composer.
Edward is a graduate of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, where he studied under James Tennant; the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg (Prof. Julius Berger); and the University of the Arts in Berlin (Prof. Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt). Additional artistic inspiration has come through masterclasses with cellists such as Franz Helmerson, Jens Peter Maintz, Philippe Muller, Steven Isserlis, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Edward is grateful for the scholarships and prizes that have supported his studies, including the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Patricia Pratt Scholarship, the Sir Henry Cooper Memorial Scholarship, Creative New Zealand, the Australian Cello Awards, and the Sir Edmund Hillary Medal. He plays on a modern German instrument, made by Robert König in Markneukirchen.
The Swedish soprano Elin Rombois this season singing the role of Roxana in Szymanowski’s opera King Roger at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw which will be followed by the same role at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in the beginning of 2019. Elin will also appear as Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe in Stockholm. Elin Rombo has sung a number of roles at the Stockholm opera and has previously been a guest at the Opéra National de Paris where she has sung Anicia Eritea in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. She has also appeared as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Staatsoper Berlin and as Agnès in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera and at the Royal Swedish Opera. Elin has appeared as Cunégonde in Candide, as well as in AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen at Staatsoper Berlin and she has sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Göteborg Opera. Elin Rombo is educated at Brandon University in Canada and Operahögskolan in Stockholm. She made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera during her last year at Opera school as Christa in Janacek’s Makropolous case.
Elin carries since 2014 the honorable titel Court singer, in 2016 she recieved the Royal medal Literis et Artibus and is since 2017 a member of Musikaliska Akademien.
Emily Hultmark, born in 1985 to English/Swedish parents, grew up outside of London. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra gaining invaluable experience under leadership of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davies, Marin Alsop and Yann-Pascal Tortellier. Emily attended Chetham's School of Music, Manchester in 2002 to study with Graham Salvage until 2004, upon which she moved to Gothenburg, Sweden. Here she studied with Anders Engström at Göteborgs Musikhögskola as well as partaking in masterclasses around Europe with Klaus Thunemann, Rachel Gough, Martin Gatt, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Lugaresi and Gustavo Nunez. In 2006, Emily moved to Berlin to study with Volker Tessmann at Hanns Eisler Hochschule der Musik. Following this, in 2008 Emily became a member of Göteborgs Symfoniker, 3 years under the chief musical director Gustavo Dudamel. Under invitation from Zubin Mehta, Emily worked from January 2012- June 2013 as Principal bassoon with the opera orchestra of Palau de les Arts, Valencia.
In 2014 Emily was given the position of co-Principal bassoon with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Emily won the position of Finalist in the International Gillet Fox Competition, 2010. She was awarded three consequetive prizes from MMSF (Martin Music Scholarship Fund), followed by a MMSF recital with players from the Philharmonia in 2007. Emily has been awarded various scholarships in Sweden, including the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien scholarship, Ekmans Fonden scholarship and Ljungrenska Tävlingen. In 2011 Emily was awarded the prestigious Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för Kultur scholarship and most recently, in February 2015 the Prince Carl Gustaf young person's scholarship. A creative background has allowed Emily the freedom to expand boundaries within her playing. She has a passion for exploring the capacity of the bassoon's place within improvisatory and experimental groups and creates her own music with electronics. Recent performances have included ’Generationer', an experimental collaboration together with her father, trumpet player and composer Torbjörn Hultmark in Grunewaldsalen, Stockholm. Upcoming projects include performances with choreographer and dancer Virpi Paakinen. Emily's solo appearances include concertos with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Mozart's Bassoon Concerto under leadership of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Martin Fröst conducting and the Mozart concerto with Rouvali's Tampere Philharmonic. Emily has recently been appointed Principal Bassoon with the Philharmonia. She often appears with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic.
Swedish songwriter/producer and guitarist Fabian Fredriksson, born 1991, is a graduate of Musikmakarna, a swedish producing/songwriting school. Fabian appears as guitarist on the Grammy winner cd Douce France and on So Many Things ( 2018) with Anne Sofie von Otter and Bengt Forsberg on organ.
He has performed at concerts in Hanoi, Adelaide, Usedom, London and Stockholm.
Australian-born violist, Francis Jonah Kefford, enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician, teacher, festival director and orchestral musician. After studying in Toronto with Steven Dann, his most affecting musical influence, Francis remained in Canada for two seasons as Acting Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company. In the UK, Francis is a frequent performer with the London Symphony Orchestraand the Royal Opera House Orchestra. He has led the viola sections of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and theRoyal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Francis also performs regularly with the UK’s pre-eminent chamber orchestras: including the Britten Sinfonia; English Chamber Orchestra; Aurora Orchestra;and the London Mozart Players.He started collaborating with O/Moderntin 2018.
Francis is Co-Director of the Saronic Chamber Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival in Greece, where he has developed a culture dedicated to deep exploration of the repertory in ensembles based in profound friendship as well as artistry. Here, and at other chamber music festivals across Europe – including among others, Zodiac Music Festival and Academy, France;Whittington International Music Festival, UK – Francis has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of his generation.
In 2007, Francis premièred ‘Elegie’ - a work for viola and string orchestra by the late, great Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe – at the International Viola Congressheld that year in Adelaide, Australia.
Francis plays a viola by Rodolpho Fredi (Rome, 1931).
Fredrik Paulsson is a Swedish violinist and violist born 1972. He studied with Prof. Harald Thedéen at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1988-1993, soloist diploma 1991-1993. In 1992 he also studied with Prof. György Pauk in London who brought his attention to the research on the Alban Berg violin concerto. As Berg did not have time to review the score and correct any error, (among them a forgotten octava in the violin cadenza of the second movement), this was finally done by Professor Douglas Jarman, Principal Lecturer in Academic Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. These contacts resulted in, that at his diploma concert 1993, Paulsson gave the premier performance of the revised solo part of Alban Berg violin concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling. He graduated with highest honours and was awarded the “Jetong” from the Royal Academy of Music. He continued his studies with Norbert Brainin in London 1996-1998 and Prof. Zakhar Bron at the University of Piteå 1997-2000. During 2006-2007 he studied with Christoph Poppen at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He has performed in master classes with Gideon Kremer, Isaac Stern and Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Paulsson studied chamber music with Prof. Gert Crafoord at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. In 1989 he founded the Yggdrasil Quartet. As leader of the quartet he studied with composer György Kurtág in Paris 1990-1991. The Quartet also studied with Norbert Brainin, leader of the Amadeus Quartet 1991-1995. Paulsson have also performed in chamber music master classes with Siegmund Nissel, Martin Lovett, Thomas Kakuska, Hugh Maguire, Ferenc Rados and Sir Andras Schiff.
Competitions and Awards 1990 “Young Musician of the Year” with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra playing Sibelius Violin Concerto under Stig Westerberg. 1993 Awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award at the London International String Quartet Competition. Leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet.
1993 “Artist in Residence” Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, P2
1994 Third prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet.
1996 Finalist in the 6th Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb in Salzburg.
1996 Second prize with pianist Lars David Nilsson in the Premio “Vittorio Gui” Chamber Music Competition.
Artistic and teaching activity
Paulsson regularly performs in venues such as Palais de Beaux Artes, Brussels, Wigmore Hall, London, Konzertverein and Konzerthaus, Wien, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Alice Tully Hall, The Lincoln center, New York. As chamber musician, Paulsson regularly appears at major festivals all over Europe, working with artists such as Janine Jansen, Leif-Ove Andsnes, Julius Drake, Natalie Clein, Colin Carr, Maxim Rysanov, Martin Fröst, Andreas Blau and Pierre-Laurent Aimard. As a founding member and leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet he has been short listed for The Gramophone ”Record of the Year” Award and awarded the Times Record of the Month Award and Cannes MIDEM Award. The quartet is also top price winners of both the London International String Quartet Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. In 2003 he was given the honour of “Primarius” by the Mazer Quartet Society and the Royal Academy of Music, a title introduced in 1849. Former ”Primarius” include violinists such as Sven Kjellström, Tor Aulin, Henri Marteau, Jaap Schröder and Leon Spierer. Paulsson has also been teaching at the Mazer Quartet Society’s course in Sigtuna 1996-2005. With the Yggdrasil quartet he has given master classes at institutions such as the Universities of Perth and Melbourne, Sofia National Academy of Music and Vilnius Academy of Music. choosing the quartet was an intense open competition, which the Yggdrasil won. In 1995 the municipal government of Aberdeen, Scotland entered into an arrangement with Aberdeen University to create a unique residency program wherein a string quartet would live, perform, and teach in Aberdeen for several months a year over a four-year period. The process of Contemporary composers have been attracted by the Yggdrasil Quartets virtuosity and sympathy for modern style. One of the first new works was the result of a commission from the Highland Festival for Nigel Osborne to write a work for them. The result was a quintet called Forest, River, Ocean for String Quartet and Calyx (the ancient Celtic war trumpet). This, in turn, inspired the leading British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to write a Quintet for Trumpet and Strings for the Yggdrasil and trumpeter John Wallace. Continuing their string of unusual new quartets, the Yggdrasil collaborated with Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie in the premiere of Haflidi Hallgrimsson's Quintet for Percussion and Strings at the Northlands Festival. During these years the Yggdrasil Quartet also performed the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovitj and Bartok. Fredrik Paulsson is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Aberdeen. Between 1996 and 1997 Fredrik Paulsson was invited by the Danel Quartet to replace Juliette Danel as violist. Apart from extensive touring he made master classes with the quartet in Brussels and Aldeburgh as well as educational work for Jeunesses Musicales in Belgium and France. He premiered several contemporary works and made several recordings for the label Auvidis Valois (Charles Gounod compleat string quartets} and Radio France. With the Danel Quartet he also performed the complete Shostakovitj cycle. He studied viola with Prof. Zahari Tchavdarov at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Paulsson has also performed in master classes with Michelle LaCourse, Jeffrey Irvine and Kim Kashkashian and took part in the Karen Tuttle Viola Coordination Workshop at the NYU Steinhart in New York 2015. Leading, directing and conducting studies Fredrik Paulsson has frequently been invited as concert master and guest leader with orchestras such as Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, working with conducturs such as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti. He was concert master in the Swedish Chamber Orchestra 1997-1998, Gothenburg Opera 1999-2001, Uppsala Chamber Soloists and Orchestra 2006-2007. Guest player and leader in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 2003-2005. Since 2006 he is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe were he regularly works with theCOE Academy, which function is to give the students the opportunity to travel “on tour” with the orchestra, to experience, understand and be inspired by the orchestra’s unique artistic and European ethos and passion for making music. Within the COE Academy he has been leading and coaching projects with National Orchestra of Catalonia and members of the COE. In 2013 he directed as concert master, Beethoven’s 4th Symphony at a concert at L’Auditori, Barcelona. He has also played on several occasions with COE soloists in Stefaniensaal Graz, Wiener Konzerthaus and the Berliner Philharmonie 2012-2013.
Janacek’s String quartets in 20 different subway stations in Stockholm city and suburbs. Koranyi and Virpi Paakinen.
Fredrik Paulsson is in demand as both soloist and director internationally and has conducted and directed orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Catalonia, Vaasa City Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Dalasinfoniettan, Aurora Festival Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Finlandia. In 2012 he was invited to join Janine Jansen’s Bach Ensemble to lead Bach double concertos on a EMI recording and two European tours. Paulsson studied conducting with Jorma Panula at his conducting course in Vaasa 2010-12 and at his Summer Academy during 2011-12. He was also mentored by chief conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski during In 1998 in a joint project with Stockholm European Capital of Culture, Paulsson was Artistic Director and project creator of SKIT, String Quartet in the Subway, performing and interacting Leos Fredrik Paulsson was joined Artistic Director of the Yggdrasil Chamber Music Festival on the Island of Öland 1999-2001. From 2011-2014 he was Artistic Director and creator of the Mupfie! concert series with Chamber Orchestra Musica Vitae, which included artists such as Mihály Farkas, Ruby Hughes, Jakob During 2014-2015 he created and artisticly directed a series of three projects with Dalasinfoniettan, The programs Tzigane!, Bohemia! and Finlandia! where thematic around folk music origins in classical music.
Hannah Dawson has played in the Sacconi Quartet for the past 17 years. Its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. They have their own Chamber music festival in Folkestone, Kent. The quartet has recently released two CDs; In Damascus, their CD of music by Jonathan Dove including In Damascus, commissioned by the quartet, and featuring Mark Padmore and Charles Owen; and a complete recording of Graham Fitkin’s string quartets. Outside quartet, Hannah enjoys playing with other ensembles, such as O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble, The Donald Grant Quartet and with her piano trio – Trio Elegiaco. She regularly plays Chamber music in various festivals including Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival, Festival O/Modernt and IMS Prussia Cove. Hannah plays on a 1927 Sacconi violin which is generously on loan to her by The Royal Society of Musicians.
Helge Andreas Norbakken is a graduate of the Jazz program at Trondheim Musikkonservatorium (1985–88) and is one of Scandinavia’s most renowned percussionists. He has recorded and toured internationally with the Mari Boine Band, Maria Joao, Jon Balke, Kari Bremnes, and an impressive list of Norwegian and international musicians.
He has also recorded with; Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvaer, Morten Harket, Kari Bremnes, Mathias Eick, Joao/Laginha, Paolo Freso, David Linx, Diederik Wissels, Jon Hassell, Ayub Ogada, Trondheim Jazzorchestra, Odd Norstoga, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Karl Seglem.
Norbakken has developed his unique, distinctive personal style through sound research, hand-made instruments and merging of timbres. His main focus is the improvisation, creating polyphonyic structures and creating space in the music.
Hugo Ticciati is blessed to be doing what he loves every day of his life – that is, making music. His old Italian violin takes him around the world to fantastic orchestras in gorgeous concert halls; it brings him together with the most inspiring artists to create music in beautiful festivals; and it sparks new creations from young composers. In his teaching Hugo explores ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of mindfulness to the art of practising, playing and living in music. One of the highlights of the past year was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas where he chanted every morning, meditated and swept the floors by day and in the evenings sat crossed-legged by a fire, playing Bach to barefooted monks. His musical tastes have swung dramatically during the year from contemplative Indian ragas to the megalomaniac rock-band Muse (played at high volumes) to the songs of Richard Strauss (played even louder). Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness. His staple reading is the Bhagavad Gita but he has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher, Henri Bergson.
Janne Thomsenstarted playing the flute in Denmark at the age of six. Her career started after winning the Young Musician of the Year Award in Denmark, which was followed by competition wins in Prague, Bayreuth, Rome, Vienna and Boston. She studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and at the Paris Conservatoire under William Bennett, Maurice Bourgue and the Amadeus Quartet. Janne Thomsen has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony and Kremerata Baltica and performs worldwide as a chamber musician. She is greatly interested in commissioning new and exciting music for her instrument and taught at the Mozarteum Salzburg and Lucerne School of Music until 2010. Janne Thomsen is Artistic Director of ‘Klassiske Dage’– Holstebro International Music Festival in Denmark, which she founded in 2005.
Jenny Augustinsson is a viola player from Linköping, Sweden. She started to play the violin as a five-year-old, switching to the viola while studying for her BA at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. After finishing her studies in Oslo, she later received her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Stockholm, Edsbergs Manor. She is now working as assistant principal with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Before that she played with Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, and Musica Vitae, a chamber orchestra in Växjö. Jenny is also a very engaged chamber musician, and has been active in numerous ensembles, including trios, quartets and chamber orchestras. She plays a viola made in 2012 by Michael Stürzenhofecker.
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 is a Swedish Double Bass player dedicating himself to chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam since 2013 and was a Bachelor student in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and later finished his studies with a Masters degree in Cross-Over music making with jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis.
He performs regularly as a member of the O/modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as the Swedish contemporary folk music band Garizim and as a regular extra player with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.Together with young musicians from all over Europe he is a founding member of the C/o Chamber Orchestra that combines orchestral playing with principles of non-hierarchical collaboration.
In 2019 Jordi looks especially forward to participating in the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, playing bossa nova with Matthew Barley in London, retreating to the woods in Sweden to develop free improvisations with his duo partner violist and singer Yanna Pelser and the release of a new album with Garizim.
Jordi has received the ”Per Welin Stipend” from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music, grants from Stockholm Free Mazons and the Lindeqvist Foundation, Byggnads Culture Grant and Kempe-Carlgrenska Fonden Stipend.
Julian Arp, born in 1981, 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.
Klaus Gesing is a multi-instrumentalist, writer, player, bandleader and teacher, who looks at improvisation from a wide variety of viewpoints. His collaborations in the field of Jazz reflect his widespread interest in the creation of music in realtime.
For Klaus, composing and arranging also play a very important role. His own CDs: "First Booke of Songes", "Heartluggage", "Klaus Gesing reaLTime", "Sound of Mind", are a collection of unique compositions, of which the latter two go into a completely new direction using extended electronics and live looping to produce music that is both: improvised and reproducible. He contributed many compositions to the 4 CDs with the Trio with Norma Winstone and Glauco Venier, which have been published on ECM.
Another collaboration, taking him into yet another realm of music is his longstanding collaboration with Anouar Brahem, where his bass clarinet playing and his unique way of combining melody and bass roles, work as a bridge between cultures. The trio collaboration with Björn Meyer and Samuel Rohrer, documented on their CD "amiira" is a step forward towards a contemporary concept of real-time composition, where mental awareness and the focus on form determine the musical outcome. Next to this, his interest in the work with original on-location samples continues to inspire his work in the field of film music.
Malin Klingborgwas born 1980 outside Stockholm where she spent most of her childhood. She studied oboe at Malmö Academy of Music and Felix Mendelssohn Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig. After graduation Malin got the principal oboe position in the Swedish Navy Band where she stayed for one year. Before she was hired as principal oboe by Wermland Opera in Karlstad in 2010, she spent some years as a freelance musician in the Öresundsregion. Since 2017 Malin is back in Stockholm keeping herself busy with chamber, orchestral and soloist work.
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.
Mikael studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm 1987-91 with Sven-Erik Eriksson, Jan Andersson and Michael Lind.
After graduating he travelled to Chicago for further studies with Chicago Symphony performers Michael Mulcahy and Charlie Vernon as well as the legendary Arnold Jacobs.
In 1999 Mikael was appointed the job as principal trombone at the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm where he has played for nearly twenty years now under chiefconductors such as Esa Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck and Daniel Harding.
Mikael is also a highly regarded chamber music performer, soloist and pedagouge.
He has performed as soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Wind Band, Gothenburg Wind Band and the Swedish Army Wind Band among others.
As chamber musician Mikael has been playing with Stockholm Chamber Brass, Stockholm X-Brass and Chamber Orchestra of Europe to name a few.
Mikael has worked as a trombone teacher on a regular basis for the last twenty years and has his teaching base and pedagogic platform at the music academy Lilla Akademien in Stockholm. His passion for teaching is well known.
Singer, songwriter and composer Nicki Wells AKA TURYA followed her 1st class honours degree in Music touring as a featured vocalist in Nitin Sawhney’s band for eight years. She performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Her voice has contributed to a number of feature films and BBC documentaries such as the BBC Human Planet Series.
As a Composer in her own right, Nicki scored the music for various theatrical productions, working with the likes of Tanika Gupta and Howard Brenton. She composed five of Aakash Odedra’s contemporary dance shows, worked with film maker Koen Suidgeest’s on Girl Connected and co-composed the score to Khyentse Norbu’s feature film Vara - A Blessing alongside Nitin Sawhney. More recently, Nicki collaborated with Anoushka Shankar co-composing the score to upcoming film An Officer and His Holiness. Her own much anticipated debut album Ocean, under her stage name TURYA (a Sanskrit word meaning the silence experienced after sound), was released in July 2018 which proved to be a successful debut to what looks like to be a very promising career as a recording artist.
Niklas started his musical education at Lilla Akademien music school. He has since studied with Professor Patrick Harrild at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Professor Michael Lind at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and Professor Jens Björn-Larsen at the Academy of Music in Malmö. Since 2015, Niklas holds a position as tubist with the Royal Swedish Army Band. On top of this he plays regularly with Sweden's leading orchestras and is also active as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. He teaches tuba at Lilla Akademien since 2017.
O/Modernt is always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians. We are delighted to have established the O/Modernt New Generation, which we will be launching in Stockholm on the 12th November. The initiative includes a Stockholm-based youth orchestra which will provide opportunities for instrumentalists to perform in concert alongside members from the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. There will also be a series of international masterclasses, open rehearsals for young people and exchanges, with a focus on the UK throughout 2018. More information will follow about opportunities for young people to be involved in these wonderful activities.
The O/Modernt Kammarorkester has developed during recent years under the direction of the violinist Hugo Ticciati as an integral part of Stockholm’s Festival O/Modernt. The orchestra includes the top young players from Sweden and devises eclectic and adventurous programmes of great diversity: its concerts might include anything from the arrangement of medieval motets to Bach, all the way to free improvisation and Metallica. The O/Modernt Kammarorkester is resident at Musikaliska in Stockholm, performing with soloists including Anne-Sofie von Otter, Evelyn Glennie, Anna Larsson, Nils Landgren, Matthew Barley and Steven Isserlis. In 2015 the orchestra made its debut in London at Kings Place and was immediately invited back for a series of concerts over the coming seasons. The group has an international concert programme, with performances at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Klagenfurt Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Members of the O/Modernt Kammarorkester enjoy taking part in outreach and educational projects in Sweden and further afield in countries such as India and Thailand.
Oliver Pashley is a young London-based clarinettist. Highly in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he is a member of Britten Sinfonia and a founding member of contemporary quartet The Hermes Experiment. He has played guest principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, and English National Ballet.
Oliver has worked with many ensembles around the UK, including performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet at the Anghiari Festival and their Richmond concert series, Brahms’ Clarinet Trio with pianist Carole Presland and cellist Alasdair Tait, and unconducted performances of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Bristol Ensemble, with whom he returned in their 2017/18 season to perform Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
Oliver gave a performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Hymnos on the Barbican main stage in an evening featuring the world première of the composer’s Tenth Symphony given by the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein, City of London, Cambridge, Petworth, Cowbridge, and BBC Proms festivals, and recently performed onstage with fellow alumni of Southbank Sinfonia on the Olivier Theatre stage in an acclaimed revival of Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus at the National Theatre in a 6-month run.
As part of The Hermes Experiment Oliver has toured the UK and abroad. The ensemble, consisting of soprano, clarinet, double bass and harp, were winners of the Tunnell Trust Awards 2017, and were Park Lane Group Artists for 2015/16, having previously won Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands competition in 2014. The Hermes Experiment has commissioned over 50 new works and arrangements for the group, and also frequently ventures into live improvisation, graphic score, and performance art. Praise from The Observer includes ‘[t]his clever mix of instruments is more versatile than you might first think’, and the ensemble’s performances have been described by The Times as ‘meticulously nuanced, witty and chic.’ Oliver’s arrangement of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi was praised by London Jazz News for ‘bringing the darkness and light of the city together with a cheerful vocal melody layered over an unnerving clarinet and bass line.’ The ensemble gave an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale at the Cockpit Theatre in December 2016, and a debut recital at King’s Place in February 2017. Recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3 Open Ear at LSO St Luke’s, Tallinn Music Week, St Petersburg’s Sound Ways Festival, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Spitalfields Festival.
Oliver studied at Cambridge University, and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Oliver was an Artist Fellow in residence at the Guildhall School in 2014-15, which culminated in a concert featuring an unconducted performance of John Adams’ Gnarly Buttons given with the School’s New Music Ensemble.
Oliver is a contributor to the Hong Kong-based online music journal Interlude.hk, having interviewed artists including Charlie Siem, Roxanna Panufnik, Menahem Pressler, Mahan Esfahani, the Sir Mark Elder, and John Malkovich.
Oliver gratefully acknowledges the support he received from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Oscar Treitleris a Swedish-American violinist based in Sweden. He is a member of the Treitler Quartet. The quartet performs at festivals and concert halls around Sweden and has made tours to England, Italy and France. The quartet made it’s debut in the string quartet series of the Stockholm Concert Hall in 2018 and is currently studying at the NSKA in Amsterdam thanks to the support of the GålöFoundation. In 2016 they were awarded the Ensemble Scholarship from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music. Oscar studied in Stockholm and Bloomington with Henryk Kowalski and at Universität Mozarteum with Igor Ozim. He is a prizewinner of the Wronsky Solo Violin Competition and the Jan Wallander Prize in Sweden. As an orchestra musician Oscar is guest concertmaster/second concertmaster of Norrköping SO, Gävle SO and Gothenburg SO. He has performed as a soloist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and DalaSinfoniettan.
Paula Sundqvist is since 2014 the 3rd concertmaster of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her engagements at the moment include performing as concert master in the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra, touring with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and working as guest section leader in several other ensembles. She has also been guest concert master in Tapiola Sinfonietta. Over the years Paula has held a position in all the main Helsinki based orchestras; the Finnish National Opera Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and currently in the Finnish RSO. In addition she has performed with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Avanti!, Kammerorchester Basel, Virtuosi di Kuhmo and the European Union Youth Orchestra. As chamber musician she performs at various festivals and concert series. Her main teachers were prof. Kaija Saarikettu at the Sibelius Academy and prof. Raphael Oleg at the Musikhochschule der Stadt Basel. Important chamber music mentors include Hatto Beyerle and Sergio Azzolini.
Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford. She started playing the violin at four. ‘Unable to concentrate on anything my parents despaired – the violin was the best remedy- it allowed me to focus and dream at the same time.’She went to the Yehudi Menuhin School for four years where her teacher was David Takeno. Afterwards she studied in Vienna and with Zachar Bron in Lübeck. Priya loves to play both as a soloist and chamber musician. Earlier this year she was invited to be artist-in-residence for a week at Kings Place in London, and has recently performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Kuhmo and Seville. She started the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2000 because she wanted to bring musician friends to Oxford and relishes ‘musical matchmaking, how else was it possible to bring together musicians I was certain would fall in love musically? Oxford is the ideal setting to make this alchemy happen. Festivals make one feel stimulated on every level, inspired and enriched. Most of us here
couldn’t be without them- they are irresistible, dangerous and highly addictive!’ Priya plays a Ballestieri violin made in the 1760s, generously on loan to her by a private family trust.
Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its high level of interpretive artistry. They are a regular feature on radio and television broadcasts around the world, performing their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music.
The complete Beethoven string quartets recordings have been recently released for Audite. All the volumes attracted high levels of acclaim in the international press, winning several prizes (Echo Klassik 2017 and ICMA 2018, among the others) and with the Quartetto di Cremona being unanimously considered the true heir of the great Quartetto Italiano. In Spring 2019 will be released a new album dedicated to Schubert, including the String Quintet in C majorwith cellist Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet) and the String Quartet “Der Tod unddas Mädchen”.
2017/18 season included successful debuts in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle) and Edinburgh, as well as tours in Sweden and Denmark, USA and Canada, Japan.
2018/19 noteworthy engagements include performances in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Stockholm, Geneva, Manchester, Amsterdam, Valencia, New York, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, as well as outstanding debuts at the Cartagena Festival International de Musica (Colombia), Colmar International Festival (France) , Sandviken Kammarmusikfestival (Sweden) and at the Schubertiade.
They regularly collaborate with numerous artists of international renown, including Lawrence Dutton, Eckart Runge, Andrea Lucchesini, David Orlovsky, Edicson Ruiz, Aaron Pilsan and the Emerson String Quartet.
Since his highly praised 2009 solo debut at Berlin’s Philharmonie,Sacha Rattlehas become an established soloist. Noted for his immense sensitivity, warm character and unique sound, his career has developed rapidly with performances throughout Europe, including festival appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Spannungen Festival, OCM Prussia Cove and Istanbul Music Festival. Sacha has also appeared at prestigious concert halls, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Cadogan Hall, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Herbst Theater in San Francisco and the National Concert Hall, Taipei, where he made his Asian debut as soloist with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. Sacha has collaborated as a chamber musician with artists such as Lars Vogt, Isabelle Faust, Katia and Marielle Labèque, François Leleux and Guy Braunstein and is a founding member of the ensemble “Berlin Counterpoint”, a wind and piano sextet that has been enjoying great success world-wide.
Born in London into a family of distinguished actors, Sam West studied English at Oxford and has since forged a career as an internationally acclaimed actor and director. Highly esteemed for the nuanced dramatic energy of his spoken-word recordings, he enjoys regular collaborations as a reader and narrator with musical ensembles the world over. On stage Sam has played Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company and won a Critics’ Circle award for his RSC performance of Hamlet. His extensive television credits include W1A, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and Cambridge Spies (all for the BBC) and four series of Mr Selfridge (ITV). For the BBC he has also narrated several documentaries. Among his many films are Darkest Hour, On Chesil Beach, Suffragette and Notting Hill, and he voiced Pongo in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians II. His portrayal of Leonard Bast in Howards End won him a BAFTA nomination. Accompanying Walton’s music for Henry V at the Last Night of the Proms, Sam performed speeches from Shakespeare’s play. He has recorded over fifty audiobooks, receiving numerous awards for his work. A keen birdwatcher, Sam is an Associate Artist of the RSC and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Sukhvinder Singh, known as ‘Pinky’, is one of India’s most dynamic percussionists. Hailing from the holy village of Sri Bhaini Sahib (Ludhiana, Punjab), Sukhvinder began his musical journey at the age of five, playing the Dholak and Jorhi in the Namdhari Sangeet tradition. Aged thirteen, Sukhvinder gave his first major public performance, and soon left for Varanasi where he spent eighteen years in Seva (Sel ess service), and Riyaz (intense training practice in Tabla). During this period he was taught by the great Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Through his spontaneity, power, virtuosity, and above all through his inimitable ability to captivate an audience, Sukhvinder has become one of the most sought-after accompanists, travelling extensively around the world with leading artists, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He has received a Grammy award, and performed with major orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic. His Jorhi performances have greatly raised the profile of the rare art of Jorhi playing, and he is acknowledged to be the foremost exponent of the Jorhi worldwide.
The Hungarian-German Violinist, Susanne Schäffer, was born to a musical household. She is a prize winner at renowned national and international music competitions, such as the International Brahms Competition and the International Charles Hennen Chamber Music Competition. Both as a soloist and chamber musician she had several concert tours to most European countries, Israel, USA and Japan. Susanne is a welcomed guest at prestigious festivals such as Cully Classique Festival, ISA Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. She regularly appears on television and on broadcast. After graduating with distinction from Prof. Dora Schwarzberg’s class at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna she now continues her chamber music studies with Prof. Johannes Meissl ibidem. Additional musical mentors have been Hatto Beyerle, Gerhard Schulz, Ferenc Rados and Steven Isserlis. Currently, she is playing on a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner, Bonn 2005, which is kindly lent by the German Music Instrument Foundation.
Svante Henrysonstarted performing at jazz clubs in Umeåin northern Sweden as a 14-year old bassist. At the age of 16 he became a student of double bass and composition at the Ingesund School of Music in Sweden. His obvious talent landed him a position in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at age 19. Two years later he became the orchestra’s Principal Bassist.
He then made a drastic change in direction. He took his electric bass to the United States for a three-year stint with the world famous heavy metal band Rising Force.
Svante Henryson has now also made a name for himself as charismatic solo cellist and chamber musician. The voice of his electrified acoustic cello is instantly recognizable. Whether performing jazz, rock or raga, it sounds as if it always belonged there.
In recent years, this multi-faceted multi-instrumentalist has enjoyed great success as a composer, including an award-winning Sonata for solo violin, two cello concerti, as well as concerti for modern instruments such as electric bass and steel pans.
Svante Henryson was awarded Sweden’s Jazz Musician of the Year in 2014 and the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2015. Henryson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
After his first singing lessons with „Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw“ the german tenor Thomas Vollestudied singing with Prof. T. Quasthoff (Detmold and Berlin), Prof. W. Rieger („Lied“) and Prof. B. Schmid (Leipzig). He won several singing competitions, took part in di erent masterclasses (for instance „The Art of Song“ at Carnegie Hall, NY) and is regularly invited to international festivals. Numerous operatic performances led him to di erent opera-houses, as for instance “Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris“, „Opéra de Lille“ or „Norrlandsopera“. In Sweden he recently made his debut as „Gandhi“ in Ph. Glass’ „Satyagraha“ at „Folkoperan Stockholm“ and as „Don José“ in Bizet’s „Carmen“ at „Stadsteater Uppsala“. His extensive repertoire as concert- and oratorio-singer comprises almost all major pieces of all epoques and Thomas Volle sings with numerous internationally reknown orchestras and conductors.
Song recitals have always been a major part of his musical work and Thomas Volle is able to draw from a wide-ranging repertoire of Lied. Recent performances include „Das Lied von der Erde“ by G. Mahler in Dresden, F. Schubert’s „Die schöne Müllerin“ in Austria, Stockholm and Vadstena as well as a recital with the pianist Magnus Svensson at the concert series „Romanskonserter“ at „Konserthus Stockholm“.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden1957. Moved to the UK in 1984. Dual Swedish/British citizenship.
Composer, musician and teacher.
Graduate studies of trumpet and composition at Musikhögskolan in Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden - 1977-1980.
Post graduate studies at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith's College, London - 1980-81.
His main teachers were Bengt Eklund (Gothenburg) and John Wallace (London).
Occasional lessons also with, David Mason and John Miller (UK), Pierre Thibaud (France), Adolph Herseth,James Stamp,Thomas Stevens,AllenVizzuti (US),and Kristian Steenstrup (Denmark).
Teacher of trumpet at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, London since 2005. The Torbjörn Hultmark Trumpet Method published in 2017 has internationally had glowing reviews.http://www.hultmarkmethod.com
Torbjörn’s playing career has taken him to 25+ countries with orchestras and ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, the London Mozart Players, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Also film and TV session work and as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Sinfonia 21.
Torbjörn is at the forefront of the development of acoustic performance and composition with live electronics processing. Some of his output in this area can be seen on his Youtube channel live- electronics playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist? list=PLQvTCN84H4lPf3zBMxEKUZCC_WWSjbZrg
The Soprano Trombone Project was started by Torbjörn in 2011 with a view of promoting the instrument and repertoire. Regular performances, tours and recordings with the London Sinfonietta, Spontonality (UK), and with the pianist Roger Dean. http://www.hultmark.me/ torbjornsopranot.html
Compositions performed and broadcast by the BBC R3, Classic FM (UK), New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland. Published by Composers Edition, Brass Wind Publications and Onyx Brass.
Torbjörn’s music can be heard on https://soundcloud.com/torbjorn-hultmark
'...the standout piece here is "A Lullaby" by Torbjörn Hultmark...an absorbing, lively experience ',
Anthony Quinn,The Independent (CD review four stars)
Brief Notes - four settings of poems by Brian Nisbet (1959-2015) for instruments and live electronics, premiered 2018 at Konserthuset Stockholm.
A Lullaby - electroacoustic tape and brass quintet [BBC Radio 3 commission]
recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'Dancing in the Dark' Deux-Elles DXL1141.
A Sketch of Gaul - brass quartet (2tpt, hn, tba) and keyboard [Chaconne Brass commission] recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.
Alcántara - concertino for trumpet and chamber orchestra published by Brass Wind Publications catalogue no AR017/ISMN no 570276455.
A Love Song to the Moon - song, keyboard and brass quartet; text by Rumi (13c.)
recorded by Elaine Delmar and Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.
It Was Just a Dream - bassoon and piano.
A Song of Guadalupe - brass quintet, recorded by Onyx Brass.
An Iberian Draft - brass quintet, recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.A Fairytale - tale teller, nonsense gabbler, clap stomp chap, mime, cowhorn, electronics
[Music at Millhouse and Headspace commission, performed by the Headspace Ensemble at the 2012 London Festival].
Triptyk - trumpet, organ and recitation (Book of Psalms), published by Svensk Musik.
Motet - 16 part choir, three small choirs, brass, percussion, organ (Book of Psalms)
published by Svensk Musik.
Moments - choir [satb] text by Glyn Rhys Morgan.
Greetings to a New World - twelve trumpets, published by Svensk Musik.
Psalm - brass quintet [Chaconne Brass commission], recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.
Fanfare for Linda - two trumpets, recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'Chaconne Brass' CBCD597.
Trio - violin, trumpet and piano [Lysis commission].
Valerio Lisci was born in 1994 in Moncalieri, Italy. He graduated with maximum points and honours in Turin, Italy, in 2013 and then in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2017.
Valerio has taken part in international competitions around the globe, winning many 1st Prizes, some from prestigious organizations such as the Reinl-Stiftung, Vienna, and the Korea International Harp Competition, Seoul. As a result, he has been invited to play as a guest both as a chamber musician and soloist across Europe and Asia. He made his debut as a soloist in Turin in 2014 with the "Camerata Ducale" orchestra, then he performed in 2018 with the "Argovia Philharmonic" in Zofingen, and in 2019 with the "Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne" in Lausanne.
He has been the harp teacher at the Scuola d'Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo since September 2017, home of Italy's most prestigious international harp competition.
In the coming years, he will produce a CD of Italian music for harp with the label TACTUS.
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.