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Festival O/Modernt

10 - 16 June 2022

HAYDN and the un/conditioned ear

Conditioned reactions are a universal part of the way humans engage with the world. From upbringing to culture, from karma to energetic patterning, we consciously and unconsciously nurture illusions of control. Deep-seated biases also affect our listening habits, and that is why, at O/Modernt, we strive ceaselessly to awaken new kinds of un/conditioned listening that can unsettle our accustomed responses. This year’s weeklong musical feast is devoted to a composer who made it his mission to rouse his listeners from their culturally circumscribed slumbers. Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) revels in setting up expectations that are built on the generic styles that were current in his day, but only in order to thwart them – often with some very radical artistic manoeuvres! Haydn thereby enacts and promotes un/conditioned listening within the actual musical language of the eighteenth century. Taking a cue from the Austrian maestro, O/Modernt is delighted to present a programme of concerts that aim to break free from auditory shackles and celebrate the creative power of the un/conditioned ear.

Friday 10 June, Confidencen
19.00 OPENING CONCERT: ROAMING SPIRITS

Saturday 11 June, Confidencen
15.00 THE ART OF SURPRISE
19.00 TREES, LARKS, CHICKENS AND FREAKS

Sunday 12 June, Confidencen
11.00 NATURE AND CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
15.00 CHILDLIKE WONDER & FAIRY-TALES 1
19.00 CHILDLIKE WONDER & FAIRY-TALES 2

Monday 13 June, Confidencen
15.00 SPINNING YARNS, WEAVING SOUNDS
19.00 UN/CONDITIONED VIENNA

Tuesday 14 June, Confidencen
19.00 OPERA UN/BOUND

Wednesday 15 June, Confidencen
19.00 UN/CONDITION YOUR LISTENING

Thursday 16 June, Musikaliska
19.00 HAYDN: THE SEASONS

Festival Pass 1600 kr (excluding concert in Musikaliska on 16 June 2022)

20% discount for O/Modernt Friends

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In time, space, and media, it may be the most multi-dimensional classical festival in the world —The London Magazine
Collaborating with O/Modernt has given me some of the most creative, enjoyable and memorable musical moments of my career. All my love and respect to O/Modernt for your tenth Anniversary! —Dame Evelyn Glennie, Polar-Prize Winning Percussionist
Björn Olsson French Horn
Björn Olsson
Björn Olsson
French Horn

Born in Trollhättan, Sweden, Björn Olsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Orchestra, resident at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. He studied with professor Frøydis Ree Wekre at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Björn has appeared as a guest with orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Björn teaches the horn at Lilla Akademien and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Blåsarsymfonikerna The Swedish Wind Ensemble
Blåsarsymfonikerna
Blåsarsymfonikerna
The Swedish Wind Ensemble

The Swedish Wind Ensemble has a residency at Musikaliska, Stockholm’s oldest concert hall, built in 1878. The orchestra prides itself on the breadth of its repertoire, genre-crossing collaborations and its gender-equal programming. The group has developed, from a band directed by Stockholm’s public transport company SL – previously called the Stockholm Tramway Men’s Band – to become a modern, bold, innovative ensemble. The Swedish Wind Ensemble has performed works by composers such as Andrea Tarrodi, Benjamin Staern, Christian Lindberg, Anders Hillborg and Csaba Deák. Recordings include composer portraits by Mikael Råberg, Martin Q Larsson and most recently Igor Stravinsky's Work for Winds. They have released series of recordings with international soloists conducted by Christian Lindberg, the former conductor of the orchestra. Over the past ten years, the orchestra has actively been striving for a more equal repertoire and greater gender awareness, leading to new musical discoveries, works and transcriptions of older music by composers including Helena Munktell, Elfrida Andrée, Valborg Aulin and Lili Boulanger. In addition to classical music, crossover is an important part of what they do. Folk music, world music, jazz and tango are recurring elements of their repertoire, often taking place in collaboration with soloists in the same genre. The orchestra operates mainly in Stockholm, but has established itself as one of Scandinavia’s leading wind ensembles with a growing international reputation. Cathrine Winnes has been the Orchestra’s artistic director and principal conductor since 2016.

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

New Zealand-born violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish has established herself in London as a dynamic and committed chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Various accolades include being awarded the Tagore Gold Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music, and studying at the Juilliard School as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a member of the Marmén Quartet, winners of the Banff and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions. Bryony also loves spending time with the London Mozart Players, where she is No. 2 Viola. As a teacher, she assists her former professor Andriy Viytovych at the Royal College of Music. Recent visits to New Zealand have included performing and teaching at the International Akaroa Music Festival and recording New Zealand composer Philip Norman’s When Gravity Fails with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Bryony plays a 1932 Vincenzo Sannino Viola, made in Rome, and is grateful to the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments for their assistance.

Christoffer Sundqvist Clarinet
Christoffer Sundqvist
Christoffer Sundqvist
Clarinet

Christoffer Sundqvist, who was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland at the age of six and began his clarinet studies at the Jakobstad Conservatory with Bernhard Nylund. Alongside his outstanding performances of classical repertoire, he is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers including Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen and Sebastian Fagerlund have written more than twenty works for him. Christoffer has appeared as soloist with orchestras across Europe. A passionate chamber musician, he is co-founder of the brass quintet Arktinen Hysteria and a long-term member of the Plus Ensemble, based in Turku. Christoffer collaborates regularly with Pekka Kuusisto, Hugo Ticciati, Angela Hewitt, Oliver Triendl and Niek de Groot. Since 2013 he has been Artistic Director of the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad. His discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded Emma prizes.

Claude Frochaux cello
Claude Frochaux
Claude Frochaux
cello

The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at the Suzuki Talent Center before moving onto 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 including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues such as Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He also broadcasts repeatedly on the radio, notably with BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded the Monte Piano Trio, which has won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt and Folkwang Prize) and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups inlcuding 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, and the music-project MUSICA+ in Frankfurt.

Edward King Cello
Edward King
Edward King
Cello

New Zealand-born Edward King began to play the cello at age three, taking his lessons on a 1/16th-sized instrument, and sitting on a tiny stool built by his grandfather. In the following years (after graduating through a series of progressively bigger cellos), he enjoyed studies with James Tennant, Julius Berger and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, a trio of encouraging and open-minded mentors. This led to prizes at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen and the Australian Cello Awards. Edward enjoys a multi-faceted career, collaborating with a diverse array of ensembles around Europe and further afield. He is especially interested in projects that unearth new perspectives on long-standing musical traditions, and enjoys dabbling in a wide range of music: early, contemporary, world, chamber, electronic, improvised, rearranged and recomposed. Since 2019 Edward has lectured on the cello at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg, where he enjoys the challenges and inspiration provided by his students. Edward plays on a modern German instrument, made by Robert König in 2017.

Eric Ericsons Kammarkör
Eric Ericsons Kammarkör
Eric Ericsons Kammarkör

The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir was founded in 1945 by Eric Ericson and has since taken a central position in the Swedish and international music scene. After Eric passed away in 2013, Fredrik Malmberg was engaged as chief conductor, working alongside Swedish and international guest conductors. On the world stage, the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir is among the very foremost professional ensembles. Highlights of their international work include collaborations with the Swedish Radio Choir and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and with conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti. Since 2003 the choir has collaborated closely with the the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stockholm Concert Hall. Within the framework of the state budget for culture, the choir has guaranteed annual support that offers a basic security to support its freelance work. The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir is a member of TENSO – the European network for professional chamber choirs.

Florian Boesch baritone/bass
Florian Boesch
Florian Boesch
baritone/bass

Austrian baritone Florian Boesch is one of today’s foremost lieder interpreters, with appearances at Wigmore Hall, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, and the Edinburgh and Schwetzingen Festivals. He has been artist-in-residence at the Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Theater an der Wien and the Elbphilharmonie. He has worked with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Bamberger Symphoniker; and with conductors Ivor Bolton, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Iván Fischer, Pablo Heras-Casado, Philippe Herreweghe, Sir Simon Rattle, Robin Ticciati and Franz Welser-Möst. He was highly acclaimed for the title role in Berg’s Wozzeck and Handel’s Saul at the Theater an der Wien.

Hugo Ticciati violin
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati
violin

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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Ian Bostridge Tenor
Ian Bostridge
Ian Bostridge
Tenor

Ian Bostridge's international recital career takes him to the foremost concert halls of Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. His operatic appearances have included Aschenbach/Death in Venice for the Deutsche Oper, Peter Quint/The Turn of the Screw for the Teatro alla Scala, Handel’s Jeptha for Opéra National de Paris, Nerone/L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Tom Rakewell for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni for the Wiener Staatsoper, Tamino/Die Zauberflöte and Jupiter/Semele for the English National Opera and Caliban/The Tempest for the Royal Opera House. His many recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for fifteen Grammys. His recording for Pentatone of Schubert’s Winterreise with Thomas Adès won the Vocal Recording of the Year 2020 in the International Classical Music Awards. His book, Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession, was published in 2014. He was made a CBE in 2004.

Irina Zahharenkova piano
Irina Zahharenkova
Irina Zahharenkova
piano

Irina Zahharenkova is one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia. She has won first prizes from major international piano competitions, notably the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig, 2006), Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Terni, 2006), International Competition George Enescu (Bucharest, 2005) and Jaén International Piano Contest (Jaén, 2004). In 2008 she was a prize-winner in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Irina has also been a laureate in the Prague Spring competition in Czech Republic (2005) – as a harpsichordist and as fortepianist in Festival van Vlaanderen competition in Bruges (2004). She was the winner of the 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

Iskandar Komilov violin
Iskandar Komilov
Iskandar Komilov
violin

Iskandar Komilov was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At an early age he entered the Uspensky Central Music School in Tashkent, where he studied with professor Gulnara Suleymanova. Iskandar has a bachelor's degree in violin performance (2005) from the University of North Texas, where he studied with professor Julia Bushkova, and a master’s degree in violin performance (2007) from the DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied under the tutelage of professor Ilya Kaler. From 2005 to 2007 he served as concertmaster for the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and as a substitute musician in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2010, Iskandar worked as an assistant principal in the Basque National Symphony Orchestra in San Sebastian. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Ex Corde String Quartet and often serves as a concertmaster of the St Matteus Symphony Orchestra. He is an active chamber musician, promoting both classical and modern compositions for wide audiences both at home and abroad. Iskandar currently performs on a commissioned Robert Young violin (2009), using a Jean Grunberger bow (2010).

Janne Thomsen Flute
Janne Thomsen
Janne Thomsen
Flute

Janne Thomsen started playing the flute in Denmark at the age of six. Her professional career began when she won the Young Musician of the Year Award in Denmark, which was followed by competition wins in Paris, 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 has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony and Kremerata Baltica, and she performs worldwide as a chamber musician. Greatly interested in commissioning new and exciting music for her instrument, she taught at the Mozarteum Salzburg and Lucerne School of Music until 2010. Janne is artistic director of Klassiske Dage: Holstebro International Music Festival, Denmark, which she founded in 2005.

Jesper Kviberg percussion
Jesper Kviberg
Jesper Kviberg
percussion

Drummer Jesper Kviberg graduated from the Royal Music school of Stockholm and SMI, Stockholm Musician Pedagog Institute. Jesper has long experience as a freelance musician and has toured extensively lots in Sweden and internationally. Since 2014 he has worked at Lilla Akademien as a percussion and ensemble teacher for percussion, jazz and his own project Latinensemblen. He played on many recordings with numerous artists and has made two CDs with his octet Jesper Kviberg Social Club of Music, mostly with his own songs. He was awarded the Ronnie Gardiner drummers award in 1998, Egil Johanssens memorial stipendium in 2003, Alingsås drummers award in 2014 and the Louis Armstrong award in 2018. Jesper was praised for his drumming in front of a packed auditorium by the great American trumpet player and leader of Jazz at the Lincon Center, Wynton Marsalis, when he had a workshop at the Royal Music School in Stockholm. He played the drums in a concert for Ray Charles and was awarded the Polar Music Price in 1998.

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Johannes Geworkian Hellman hurdy-gurdy
Johannes Geworkian Hellman
Johannes Geworkian Hellman
hurdy-gurdy

The Swedish musician Johannes Geworkian Hellman is one of the most prominent hurdy-gurdy players of his generation. Coming from a background of early western and classical music, he came across this rare instrument as a teenager and fell in love with it. With roots in nordic traditional music and contemporary folk music, he is a pioneer of the hurdy-gurdy, playing it in a way rarely seen. His compositions are a crossover between contemporary folk music, art music and improvisation. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he has toured extensively in Europe and the US with his bands and as a solo artist. With his duo Symbio he was named the Best Newcomer of the Year at the Swedish Folk and World music awards in 2016, and he was chosen to represent Swedish National Radio in the 2019 EBU Folk Radio Festival (Rudolstadt festival).

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. He lives in Amsterdam, where he was a BA student with Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He finished his studies with an MA in Cross-Over Music Making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019. He performs regularly with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and as a guest in different European festivals and ensembles. Upcoming highlights in 2022 include performing with jazz legends Gwilym Simcock and Nils Landgren in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the first performances of new chamber music pieces by composers Django Bates, Ralph Schmidt and Tom Coult, and performing Sandor Veress’s Memento with the violist Lilli Maijala in the Festival Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland.

Julian Arp cello
Julian Arp
Julian Arp
cello

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 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 him. 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.

Kristjan Randalu piano
Kristjan Randalu
Kristjan Randalu
piano

Kristjan Randalu is among the most sought-after piano players of his generation, carrying the torch in both the improvised world of jazz and the traditional realm of classical music. Herbie Hancock, the piano master himself, has called him a ‘dazzling piano player’. Between creating his own original blend of contemporary jazz as a leader, and collaborating with several generations of respected musicians, including fellow ECM recording artist Trygve Seim and saxophonist David Liebman, Randalu has brought his music to some of the world’s most renowned jazz festivals and concert halls. He is also viewed as an esteemed interpreter of a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music, performing alongside internationally acclaimed ensembles of the stature of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, under esteemed conductors like Kristjan Järvi and Dennis Russell Davies. His discography of more than forty albums has won him several awards, including Jazz Artist of the Year and Jazz Composer of the year in Estonia.

Laura Lunansky violin
Laura Lunansky
Laura Lunansky
violin

Laura Lunansky is a Dutch violinist with Argentinian origins. She is first violinist of the London-based Behn Quartet, which is recording an album of quartets by female composers in December 2022. She is also a founding member of de Formule, a piano quartet that focuses on interdisciplinary chamber music, and winner the Grote Kamermuziek Prijs in 2018. This season Laura has been performing as concertmaster in an unconducted, interdisciplinary adaption of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream with musicians from PHION, dancers from Introdans and actors from theatre group Oostpool. She has been a recipient of the Villa Musica kammermusik stipendium since 2021, and she appears regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Dresdner Festspielorchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Asko| Schoenberg ensemble and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides playing the violin she works as a presenter and judge in competitions and concerts.

Lilla Akademien Chamber Orchestra
Lilla Akademien Chamber Orchestra
Lilla Akademien Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra of Lilla Akademien in Stockholm was founded in 2002. Since its establishment, the orchestra has given numerous concerts in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Italy, consolidating a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque of Bach and Handel to the modern-day music of Arvo Pärt and John Adams. The orchestra is made up of young musicians between the ages of 14 and 19, students of Lilla Akademien. The academy’s curriculum offers young people the opportunity to receive excellent musical training integrated within a regular school curriculum. Each young musician is trained in both the orchestral and solo repertoire and regularly attends chamber music courses. The orchestra’s activities involve intensive rehearsal work in sections with the teachers and the coordination of the Academy’s music director, violinist Nina Balabina. The orchestra is conducted by Maestro Mark Tatlow.

Lisa Viguier Vallgårda harp
Lisa Viguier Vallgårda
Lisa Viguier Vallgårda
harp

Lisa Viguier Vallgårda, who was born in Bordeaux, studied the harp with Pierre Jamet and at the Conservatory of Music in Paris. She has been a solo harpist with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1993.

Luca Bognár violin
Luca Bognár
Luca Bognár
violin

German-Hungarian violinist Luca Bognár is a passionate chamber and orchestral musician. Since 2019 she has been a full-time member of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Growing up in a musical environment, she was exposed to the diversity of the musical world, styles, formations and instruments, all of which inspired her to pursue a musical life through the violin, viola and even singing. Eventually the violin took the main role on her musical journey. She received her academic education at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, the Amsterdam Conservatory and as participant in the Erasmus exchange program at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Following her studies she was privileged to gain experience in orchestral playing at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Her passion is and always has been exploring and performing the chamber music repertoire. She performs regularly in many different festivals around the world.

Magdalena Meitzner percussion
Magdalena Meitzner
Magdalena Meitzner
percussion

German percussionist and composer Magdalena Meitzner made her recording debut at the age of sixteen, playing chamber music at the Bayerischer Rundfunk. Since then she has toured both as a soloist and with ensembles including Kroumata, Norrbotten NEO and CCP, travelling to events in China, Peru, Russia and around Europe, and performing at festivals such as Ruhrtriennale, Ultraschall, Huddersfield, Båstad Kammarmusik Festival and Kalvfestivalen. Magdalena frequently works with various crossover projects involving dance, speech and performance, for example with Fedra/Hippolytos in 2019 at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. Magdalena’s duo Hidden Mother (with Ulrik NilIsson) experiments with scenic music and is well known at European avant-garde festivals. In 2020 her duo Wave Dash~ with the flautist Camilla Hoitenga was invited to be ensemble-in-residence at the Robb Composers Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her latest work as composer is the chamber opera Mimì, which premiered in Stockholm 2021.

Mari Eriksmoen  soprano
Mari Eriksmoen 
Mari Eriksmoen 
soprano

In the 2021/22 season, Norwegian soprano Mari Eriksmoen joins productions of Fidelio (Marzelline) at Opéra Comique and Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) at Theater Basel, and a concert performance of Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen (Gerda) at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In concert, she sings Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Münchner Philharmoniker and Paavo Järvi, and on tour with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon.
Eriksmoen received widespread acclaim for her role debut as Debussy’s Mélisande in the complex and intense staging by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović for Opera Vlaanderen, and has reprised the role this season at Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville.
Complementing her debut recital disc with Alphonse Cémin (Alpha), Mari recently added two solo orchestral discs to her catalogue: Handel and Mozart arias with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra/Jan Willem de Vriend (Challenge Classics), and Britten’s Les illuminations and Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Ed Gardner (Chandos).

Mark Tatlow fortepiano
Mark Tatlow
Mark Tatlow
fortepiano

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 fortieth 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.

Marmén Quartet
Marmén Quartet
Marmén Quartet

Johannes Marmen - Laia Valentin Braun - Bryony Gibson-Cornish - Sinéad O’Halloran

Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Marmen Quartet is fast building a reputation for the vitality and vigour of their performances. In 2019 they won the Grand Prize of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition as well as the First Prize of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, together with the Haydn and Canadian commission prizes. Recent engagements have taken the quartet to the Amsterdam and Barcelona String Quartet Biennales as well as the Hitzacker and Lockenhaus festivals.
Upcoming highlights for the Marmens include debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Pierre Boulez Saal as well as extensive European tours, including performances in Heidelberg, Belfast, Luberon, Stockholm and Graz. Festival engagements will take them to the Lucerne Festival, Gulbekian Biennale, Wonderfeel Helsinki and Estivales de Musique en Médoc. In the US the quartet will undertake the first visit of its two-year residency at Southern Methodist University in Dallas – a relationship that will see them working closely with the students as well as giving performances and developing new projects. The quartet performed works by Haydn and Simpson at their BBC Proms debut in 2021, live on BBC Radio 3.

Miklós Lukács cimbalom
Miklós Lukács
Miklós Lukács
cimbalom

Miklós Lukács is one of the world’s most active and versatile cimbalom players. Contemporary music, jazz and the folk music of different cultures create a perfect symbiosis in his artistry. Pieces composed for him include Da Capo by Péter Eötvös, and concertos by Máté Bella, Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Kálmán Oláh, Kristóf Bacsó, György Vukán and Mihály Borbély. He has been the soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg and ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra among many others. He has played with jazz greats including Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Steve Coleman, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, Uri Caine and Frank London. Since 2001 he has taught at the Rajkó-Talentum Dance and Music Art School, and lectured at the Snétberger Music Talent Center. He has been awarded prizes by Hungarian Heritage and Hungarian Arts, and twice by Artisjus and Gramofon.

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

Directed by violinist Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra is an integral part of O/Modernt. Comprised of top 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!
Over the last decade, the orchestra has gained an international reputation, with critically-acclaimed performances at the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts in Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Berwaldhallen, Kings Place and Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.

Festival 2022

Violins
CLARA BJERHAG
LUCA BOGNÁR
LAIA BRAUN
GABRIEL CORNET
XENIA GEUGELIN
JULIJA IVANOVAITÉ
ISKANDAR KOMILOV
SOFIA KORTELAINEN
MIRIAM LILJIFORS
LAURA LUNANSKY
JOHANNES MARMÉN
VICKY SAYLES
LIANA SVENSSON
HUGO TICCIATI
OSCAR TREITLER

Violas
JENNY AUGUSTINSSON
BRYONY GIBSON-CORNISH
FLORIAN HUBER
PRZEMYSŁAW PUJANEK
FRAUKE STEICHERT
HUGO SVENSSON

Cellos
JULIAN ARP
HEDVIG BENGSTON
REBECKA ERICSSON
CLAUDE FROCHAUX
EDWARD KING
SINÉAD O’HALLORAN

Double Basses
JORDI CARRASCO HJELM
JAKUB BECERRA PIETRYKA
BENJAMIN ZIAI

Oboe
HANNES HEINEMANN
INKEN MENCK
SIOBHAN PARKER

Bassoon
JONATHAN BAUER
ANDERS ENGSTRÖM

Horn
ANNA FERRIOL DE CIURANA
BJÖRN OLSSON
EELIS MALMIVIRTAV

Theorb
KARL NYHLIN


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

Always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians, in 2017 O/Modernt launched its New Generation scheme as part of O/Modernt Academy – an educational platform that grounds musical tuition in a truly holistic approach that takes its inspiration from the academies of ancient Greece. The programme provides young, talented instrumentalists from Stockholm with a unique opportunity to learn from and perform in concert alongside members of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. It also includes a series of performance events, masterclasses, open rehearsals and study exchanges devised by O/Modernt. Participants in the New Generation Scheme regularly perform at the annual Festival O/Modernt in Stockholm and often complement the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra when it is on tour. In 2021, New Generation students will be performing with the orchestra at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Kölner Philharmonie.

Festival 2022

JAKUB BECERRA PIETRYKA double bass
ARTHUR EDMAN bassoon
HUGO SVENSSON viola
OSCAR MALMQVIST boy soprano
LEO FLORIN MURAVJOV accordion

Przemyslaw Pujanek viola
Przemyslaw Pujanek
Przemyslaw Pujanek
viola

Przemyslaw Pujanek started playing the violin at the age of six. He graduated with distinction from the Henryk Wieniawski Music School in Poznań, Poland, in 2010. At the same time, he was a young student at the Julius Stern Institute in Berlin from 2007 to 2010 in the violin class of professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. Meanwhile, he has had many successes in national violin and chamber music competitions. After switching from the violin to the viola in 2010, he studied at the UdK Berlin with professor Hartmut Rohde and has since successfully participated in various competitions and festivals, and was a scholarship holder at the Paul Hindemith Society in Berlin eV and the Ad Infinitum Foundation. He graduated with honours in July 2014, majoring in viola. From 2015 to 2017, after winning an audition, he worked in the London Philharmonic Orchestra as principal violist. From 2017 to 2018 he was solo violist with the Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt.

Siobhan Parker  oboe
Siobhan Parker 
Siobhan Parker 
oboe

Scottish Oboist Siobhan Parker holds a bachelor’s degree from the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and a master’s in Orchestral Performance from Gothenburg’s University. In 2016 she attended the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy. Siobhan enjoys a varied freelance career working with orchestras throughout the country. This has included contracts with Sweden’s Royal Opera Orchestra, Wermlands Opera and Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, whilst working regularly with orchestras such as Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, Siobhan had the pleasure of performing Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde with Folkoperan and continued to work with them in 2021. Siobhan is a keen chamber musician and is currently part of Chamber Music Scotland’s Musician’s Recovery, Resilience and Growth Project. When not performing, Siobhan enjoys teaching the younger generations of oboists, both at Sollentuna’s Kulturskolan and Lilla Akademien.

Victoria Sayles violin
Victoria Sayles
Victoria Sayles
violin

Victoria is an associate leader of the London Mozart Players and section leader at Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. She divides her time between UK and Sweden but is also a busy chamber musician in Australia, Europe and UK. As a chamber musician she has performed with Gary Hoffman, Lars Anders Tomte, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Steven Isserlis, Richard Tognetti, Jaime Martina and Gerard Causse. She was a scholar at the Royal College of Music and graduated a year early having won a job as concertmaster at Santiago Opera House in Chile aged just twenty-one. She has been concertmaster of the BBC Scottish, Bergen Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber, Swedish Radio and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras. She is a passionate educationalist and was Director of Music at Hazlegrove School from 2016 to 2019. She writes for BBC Music Magazine, The Strad and The Arts Desk. She plays a Rogeri violin on loan from the Royal Swedish Opera.

Over ten years of creative togetherness

Staged in June at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre in Stockholm, Festival O/Modernt is the highlight of our season. We gather a wonderful array of artists from around the world to share the stage with emerging talents for a week of concerts and arts events. The weeklong journey takes its inspiration from a noted composer of the past, who is celebrated through imaginative programming and unexpexted artistic juxtapositions.

As initiated a decade ago by Hugo Ticciati, the founding principle of O/Modernt is summed up in our name, which translates into English as ‘Un/Modern’. Combining old and new in unexpected ways, O/Modernt rejoices in reimagining the arts to make connections that span times, cultures and peoples: exploring musical and artistic links between the contemporary world and the cultures of previous epochs, bringing together people from all walks of life, and re/connecting people with themselves by promoting active, imaginative engagement with all the senses.

The O/Modernt recipe is something like this:

Take a well-known composer’s music and put it alongside something that it isn’t, and see what happens…
Playfully hide some of today’s big questions about classical music in alluring festival titles…
Create concerts in which the performance of the music justifies its own existence…
Assemble a group of wonderful musicians with strong personalities, and ensure that each performance is never the result of just one person’s performative ideas…
Put the audience at ease, and allow them to enjoy themselves…

The O/Modernt summer festival is much more than just a musical event. It’s about art, creativity and journeying to new imaginative places. Above all it’s about togetherness: the shared experience of music and art that reveals the depth and complexity of the human spirit.


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