Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists in every creative field. Festival O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/Modern’) celebrates the imaginative interchange between old and new by exploring relationships between the work of composers from past epochs and the artistic and intellectual creations of today. Each year our guiding spirit is a composer closely contemporary with the period when Confidencen, Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, first rose to life.
The muse for the festival’s eighth edition is the work of Henry Purcell, whose ground basses provide the creative spark for our voyage through music, art and literature. We will lose ourselves in fantasy and folklore from Purcell to the Balkans and beyond, and hear Purcell’s laments meet their modern-day counterparts, including Bob Dylan and Elton John. We will be seduced by the sexy chaconne, probe the music of the ‘fairest isle’, and forge spellbinding links between Harry and Henry – Potter and Purcell. There will be children’s events, nature walks, and insights into the ancient Mesopotamian clay in which our culture is grounded. Festival O/Modernt 2018 – ‘Purcell: From the Ground Up’.
In time, space, and media, it may be the most multi-dimensional classical festival in the world —The London Magazine
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.
Reto Bieri was born in Zug, Switzerland, and grew up listening to Swiss folk music before discovering the world of classical music. He studied the clarinet in Basel and at the Juilliard School in New York, and his musical development was also strongly influenced by chamber music lessons from composer György Kurtag and pianist Krystian Zimerman.
In 2001 Bieri won the UNESCO-sponsored International Rostrum for Young Performers award, and since then has been invited to play all over the world, as soloist and chamber musician. He plays with various orchestras, such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Moscow Radio), the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Tibor Varga Festival Orchestra, the Istanbul State Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Schweiz, Orchestra Pablo Sarasate Pamplona, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, with conductors such as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kurt Masur,Tibor Varga, Kristjan Järvi and Howard Griffiths.
His musical partners include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta, and he's performed chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Dénes Varjon, Alexander Lonquich, Lars Vogt, Fazil Say, Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Tanja Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Barnabas Kelemen, Carolin Widmann, the Carmina Quratet (Zürich), Casals Quartet (Barcelona), Rosamunde Quartet (Munich), Quatuor Ardeo (Paris), Badke Quartet (London), Borusan Quartet (Istanbul), Petersen Quartet (Berlin), Bennewitz (Prague), Enescu Quartet (Bukarest) and the Tecchler Trio (Zürich).
He enjoys creative collaborations with composers like Artur Avanesov, Tigran Mansurian, Gegory Vajda, Otto Zykan, Boris Yoffe, Michel Roth, Jürg Wyttenbach and many others.
In 2012 Reto Bieri has been appointed as professor at the Musikhochschule University Würzburg. Starting by autumn 2013, he also has a position as artistic director of „Davos Festival" in Switzerland.
Karolina Blixt began her classical music training in Sweden at the Vadstena College of Lied and Opera at the age of 27. She had earlier studied painting and sculpture at the Gotland School of Arts and Social science at the Lund University, Sweden. After two years in Vadstena she started her studies at the Stockholm University College of Opera where she graduated in 2007. She made her breakthrough with the role of Xerxes in the opera by Händel at the Drottningholm Theatre in 2007.
Since then Karolina has worked on opera stages, concert halls and in numbers of various chamber music coherences all around Sweden as well as abroad, e.g. the Stockholm Royal Opera, Festival d´Aix en Provence, the Beckett Theatre, Wexford Opera, Hellenic Festival, the Gothenburg Opera, the Malmö Opera, the Stockholm Folkopera, Theatre Carré, Confidencen, Malmö Concerthall, Gothenburg Concerthall, and Berwaldhallen.
In 2010 she made her debut at the Festival d´Aix en Provence with the role of Phaèdre in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau with Sir William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, directed by the legendary choreographer Trisha Brown (New York). Karolina got great reviews for her singing performance and incorporation of the very complex choreography. She has several times since performed and worked together with dancers, choreographers and dance companies, e.g. the Animated State Dance Company (Ireland), Cisco Aznar (Spain), Apostolia Papadamaki (Greece), and Lotta Melin (Sweden).
Alongside her traditional work with the classical music Karolina has kept an aspiration for developing, examining, investigating and refining the art form. By using and combining different theatrical and scenic expressions together with different kinds of classical repertoire, she has created new and exciting ways of performing the art form proven to be very successful.
The Burlesque Variety Show at the Gothenburg Bookfare, her Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen at the Forshaga Chambermusic Festival and Vivaldi songs are some examples, alongside a number of opera and lied concerts. Her most recent work is her opera show Opera für Alle! with which she has just enjoyed a huge success at the Stockholm City Theatre/Klara Soppteater (Stockholms Stadsteater). Great sources of inspiration are Gustav Mahler, Kurt Weill, Yma Sumac, Francis Poulenc, Benjamin Britten, Mats Ek, Birgitta Egerbladh and Lars Rudolphsson.
A saxophonist and composer from New Zealand, Hayden Chisholm studied in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship before continuing his music studies in Japan and India. He developed a new microtonal system termed "split scales" for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly masterclasses in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and received the SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was "Improvisor in Residence" in Moers and opened the Moers Jazz Festival. In 2016 he released his second 13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" and directed his first short film "Sisyphus Runs".
Dr Finkel is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection- some 130,000 pieces – of any modern museum. This work involves reading and translating all sorts of inscriptions, sometimes working on ancient archives to identify manuscripts that belong together, or even join to one another.
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.
Born and raised in Tbilisi, currently based in Amsterdam, Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze leads a busy international career. Her performances have been praised by many critics throughout Europe and Asia. Nino received various awards, the most important were the Second Prize, Press Prize and Audience Award at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2008 and the winner of prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2010. Nino has performed with many outstanding conductors such as Michel Plasson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, John Axelrod and with orchestras such as the Rotterdam, The Hague, Seoul and Netherlands Philharmonic, Münchner Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. She has given various recitals all over the world, among those in Hannover (PRO MUSICA Preisträger amKlavier-Zyklus), Bayreuth, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich, Wigmore Hall London, Bozar Brussels, Tonhalle Zurich, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Spoleto Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, Bunka-kaikan Hall Tokyo, the Festival Piano aux Jacobins (Toulouse), Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland). In August 2017 Nino performed on famous Prinsengrachtconcert in Amsterdam, where she played chamber music together with Brodsky Quartet.
Nino was featured in BBC4 documentary "Story of Music" and played Live on Dutch National Television on the instruments of Hector Berlioz and Vladimir Horowitz.
Her repertoire stretches from Mozart and Beethoven to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Prokofiev and further to contemporary music.
The St. Gallen Tagblat wrote: “absolutely thrilling ! ...poetry and Fantasy dominated indefatigably over the pure brilliance.." about her performance of Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto.
Concertonet reviewed the Toulouse recital: “Schubert’s Wanderer Fantaisie was expressed with a total and admirable knowledge of the architecture of the score, enthralling with an outstanding feeling for timbre and color.”
In summer 2017 Nino Gvetadze signed with an international CD label "Challenge Classics". Her new album "Ghosts" Chopin 24 Preludes and selected pieces, will be officially released in October in Benelux and in January 2018 worldwide.
Nino's previous CDs include : Piano works by Mussorgsky (Brilliant Classics), Rachmaninoff Preludes op 23 and op 32 (Etcetera), “Debussy” Préludes book I, Estampes and Claire de Lune (Orchid Classics) and “Widmung” Liszt piano works (Orchid Classics).
Her recordings and interviews are often broadcasted on European radio and TV Stations. The Debussy CD was editor’s choice of the International Record Review (April 2014) and also of the Dutch National Radio and at Classic FM. Nino´s recorded recital at the Sendesaal Bremen has been chosen for the “ARD-Radiofestival” (broadcast 31 July 2014).
Nino Gvetadze studied in Tbilisi with Veronika Tumanishvili, Nodar Gabunia and Nana Khubutia. After her graduation Nino moved to the Netherlands to study with Paul Komen and Jan Wijn. Since 2008 Nino plays in "Arosa Trio" with violinist Frederieke Saeijs and cellist Maja Bogdanovic. Nino plays on a Steinway Grand Piano, kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Music Instrument Foundation.
Conductor, violinist and violist, Andres Kaljuste has been described as ‘a musician with a great sense of character’. He combines studies in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy with his role as guest principal viola of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked as conductor and teacher at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm, and studied violin at Stockholm’s Royal Academy of Music, the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, and the Berlin Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Academy. Andres also pursues a busy freelance career, working with top orchestras such as the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Verona Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Belgrade Strings, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and Cappella Academica. Last season Andres made his conducting debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic.
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.
Gareth Lubbe is professor of viola at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. For several years, he was Principal Violist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly while teaching at the ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’ Conservatory. Gareth appears as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia. As overtone singer, he performs and gives active lectures around the world, translating the phenomenon of multiphonic singing to realize the possibilities of sound production on one’s own inner instrument. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gareth received his first musical education on piano and violin at the age of four, and made youthful debuts as soloist and conductor. In 1994 he performed at the presidential inauguration of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. After finishing school, he went to study in Germany but continues to nurture his love for the mother continent, performing and teaching there on a regular basis.
Mezzosoprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her bachelor degree in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s. Luciana åhas sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with stage directors such as Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.
Leandro Mancini is a Chilean drummer and percussionist. Born in Stockholm and based in London. He studied music theory from an early age at the conservatory along with piano and guitar, and percussion with Ricardo Ruiz in Santiago de Chile. In 2009 he settled in the UK where he continued his studies in drum performance at The London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since 2010 he has toured the UK extensively with several bands and artists. Playing world-music, jazz, art-rock and pop, Leandro has performed at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hackney Empire, Brighton Dome, Hampton Court Palace, Glasgow Royal Festival Hall, and music festivals like Glastonbury and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Between 2013-2015 he has had the privilege to be part of a operatic baroque play for children called Next Stop: Blue produced and performed at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
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.
Henrik Måwe, born in Sweden in 1981, is regarded as one of the foremost Swedish pianists of his generation. He studied with Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and with Staffan Scheja at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has performed widely across Europe, as well as in South Africa and the USA. In the spring of 2008 he gave his debut recital in Stockholm, and performed as a soloist with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Henrik also appears regularly on TV, radio and other broadcast media. A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated with some of Sweden’s most established instrumentalists and yesingers, including the world-famous baritone Håkan Hagegård. Henrik has also branched out into jazz and improvisation, and has played recitals made up entirely of improvisation. In 2008 he was awarded Sweden’s most valuable and important scholarship for young musicians, the ‘Rosenborg-Gehrmans’ scholarship.
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.
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.
Hans Olle Persson, född 19 april 1958 i Norrköping, är en svensk opera- och konsertsångare (baryton). Han är uppvuxen i Norrköping och har vid en mängd tillfällen samarbetat med ensembler vid Linköpings universitet.
Olle Persson studerade vid Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm och har förutom diplomexamen i solosång även musiklärar- och sångpedagogexamen från nämnda högskola. Han är en framstående uttolkare av den romantiska tyska liedrepertoaren och har gjort många operaroller vid Folkoperan.
Förutom traditionella operaroller och ett flertal barytonpartier i oratorier och passioner har han framträtt i större partier i nykomponerade verk, exempelvis Nils Lindbergs Requiem (1993). Han är även flitig gäst i både radio och TV samt finns representerad på en rad skivinspelningar. Olle Persson är pedagogiskt verksam och ger regelbundet mästarkurser runt om i Norden.
Han spelar också fiol och uppträder ibland i folkmusiksammanhang tillsammans med Lena Willemark, som han är gift med sedan 1984. Hans bror Mats Persson (född 1955 ) är också operasångare (baryton) och tillhör Göteborgsoperans fasta ensemble.
Christoph Sommer, born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Germany), received his first musical education on the piano and the guitar. His great interest in Early Music soon awoke his fascination towards lute instruments and their repertoire. In 2012 he graduated at the "Koninklijk Conservatorium" in Den Haag with the masters degree of Early Music. During his studies with his teachers Nigel North, Mike Fentross, Joachim Held, Xavier Diaz-Latorre and Monica Pustilnik, he focused on the historical performance of renaissance- and baroque music on the archlute, renaissance lute, theorbo and the baroque guitar. Further lessons and courses with renowned artists like Hopkinson Smith, Eduardo Eguez, Christina Pluhar, Charles Toet, Fabio Bonizzoni, Peter van Heyghen and Sébastien Marq shaped his way of performing this particular repertoire. Past engagements include concerts with the Holland Baroque Society, the Staatsorchester Hamburg, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nord Nederlands Orkest, as well as the Elyma Ensemble under the direction of Gabriel Garrido. In 2008 he was selected for the Ambronay-Academy under the musical direction of Jean Tubery. In 2009 and 2012 he was part of the Young artist residency in Ambronay. He currently is engaged in a dance theatre production “Next Stop: Blue” of the Luxembourg Philharmonic under the choreography of Ela Baumann. His participation in several Early Music-ensembles made him giving concerts in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg, Denmark, France and Chile. Christoph Sommer is one of the founders and instrumentalist of the rising ensemble I Sospiranti, member of the Pera-Ensemble (Echo-Prize winner of 2012) and founding member of the continuo-ensemble Sopra il Basso.
The English-born conductor, pianist and harpsichordist Mark Tatlow was appointed Artistic Director of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2006. Mark was educated at Rugby School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Goldsmiths College, London, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Initially appointed to the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival and Kent Opera, Mark first came to Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1985. Over the past thirty years he has conducted many neglected baroque masterpieces as well as the standard operatic repertoire. His engagement with the education of young musicians has spanned his entire career, from pioneering the Education Project of Kent Opera in the 1980s to the University College of Opera, Stockholm, where in 2002 he was elected Professor of Musical Studies, becoming Dean in 2009. He was awarded the honorary medal of the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1996, and the Wallenstam Prize in 2008.
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.
The Agios Lavrentios Brass Band was born in the village of Agios Lavrentios on Mount Pilion in greece some ten years ago. Every summer, musicians from around the world meet for the now legendary “music village” weeks of concerts and workshops. The musicians in the brass band, the world’s only brass band without any actual brass in it, come from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Greece, Portugal, Germany, and Italy. Saxophones of all shapes and sizes form the core of the band and the all-Greek rhythm section provides the balkan and new orleans rhythms. The band prides itself on having marched all over the mountain of Pilion and even gifted the neighboring villages with their spontaneous concerts. There physical and spiritual home though is the “platea” of Agios Lavrentios, often dubbed the pearl of Pilion. It is here that the band has provided the soundtrack for countless legendary parties all through the wild summer nights. There sound and spirit were forged on the platea, now they are ready to take it out to the world…
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.
Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, VOCES8 performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bozar Brussels, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium and L’Arpeggiata, violinist Hugo Ticciati and pianist/composer Jonathan Dove. VOCES8 is a Decca Classics Artist and has released albums which have been at the top of the Classical Charts. VOCES8 is an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material. The ensemble’s innovative education work has received praise from UNESCO and since 2005 has raised £1 million towards music education
Lena Hoel has had a long successful and distinguished career as both an opera soloist as well as a concert artist having performed in chamber music and in theatre productions. Mrs. Hoel made her operatic debut as Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff at the Stockholm Royal Opera and since then has performed in over 30 lead roles in various other Operas. Among her many highlights include performances at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Centre) in New York, and the Proms Concert, Royal Albert Hall in London. A prominent period in Lena Hoel’s life was dedicated to the works of Ingmar Bergman in his collaboration of Daniel Börtz opera Bacchanterna. Among her many recordings include Karl Birger Blomdahls Aniara, as well as Sven David Sandströms High Mass. Mrs. Hoel has also taken part in countless chamber festivals all over the world as well as having countless talented pupils along the way. One of her most successful collaborations occurred when Lena Hoel worked with the composer Anders Eliasson and author Bengt Emil Jonsson in the world premiere of the monodrama Karolina’s Sleep, which was written for her. This unique production was premiered at the opening of the famous art hall Artipelag in Stockholm, and received critical acclaim.
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.
Nicholas Daniel has long been acknowledged as one of the world’s great oboe players, and is one of Britain’s best known musicians. In a distinguished career that began more than four decades ago he has become an important ambassador in many different musical fields, and has significantly enlarged the repertoire for his instrument with the commissioning of hundreds of new works.
Nicholas dedicates his life to music in many varied ways. He records and broadcasts widely, including regular recordings on the Harmonia Mundi Label, and he boasts a huge following internationally on social media. He is proud to support and patronise many important initiatives, charities and trusts, and has directed several music festivals and concert series, most notably in Germany and Dartington, and has been Music Director of the Leicester International Music Festival and lunchtime series for many years. He is highly sought after as a teacher, being Professor at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany and at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
Following his BBC Proms conducting debut in 2004, he works with many fine ensembles in wide-ranging repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary, and from small groups to opera. He is Music Director of Triorca, an orchestral project which brings together talented young musicians from Serbia, Germany and the UK. In recognition of his achievements he was honoured in 2012 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music, and cited as having made “an outstanding contribution to the musical life of the nation”.
Having sung as in the choir of Salisbury Cathedral as a boy, Nicholas was put directly into the spotlight at the age of 18 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. After a short period of study at London’s Royal Academy of Music, with Janet Craxton and Celia Nicklin and then privately with clarinettist Anthony Pay and with Hans Keller, he quickly established his career with early debuts at the BBC Proms and on disc.
He has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, performing a huge range of repertoire from Bach to Xenakis and beyond, premiering works written for him by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, James MacMillan, Thea Musgrave, John Tavener and Michael Tippett, as well as encouraging many younger composers to write for the oboe. His recording of concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.
As chamber musician Nicholas is a founder member of the award-winning Britten Sinfonia, the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose debut disc was released to great acclaim on the Harmonia Mundi label in 2017. He also works regularly with the pianists Charles Owen and Julius Drake, and with many leading string quartets including the Carducci and Vogler. He is principal oboist of Camerata Pacifica, California’s leading chamber music ensemble, and is a popular guest at music festivals all over the world. Nicholas Daniel is proud to play the world’s first ‘fair-trade’ oboe, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and made especially for him by Marigaux in Paris.
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.