Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field. O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/modern’) celebrates this ‘looking back’ to find imaginative renewal in the past by exploring the relationships between the work of early composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture — in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature and scholarship. The O/Modernt spirit of reinvention finds special expression in a weeklong summer festival in Stockholm.
Music is the temporal art par excellence, gaining immediacy from its irresistible transience. As the clock ticks, music draws us towards the future, prompting us to look ahead. But music also recalls us to the past, inspiring memory and a sense of history. In 2020 we celebrated the forward-striving music of Beethoven. The 2021 edition of Festival O/Modernt is dedicated to a composer whose music is imbued with the remembrance of things past: FRANZ SCHUBERT. And just as Schubert’s music evokes the SOUND OF MEMORY, so Festival O/Modernt 2021 marks its tenth anniversary by recollecting and celebrating ten years of its own sounding history.
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
Anders Jonhäll is a solo flute player in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and in the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He was educated at the Royal. The Stockholm School of Music, where he, among other things, did a project on the application of eighteenth-century practice to modern instruments - and then continued his studies with a focus on modern music at the Gothenburg School of Music.
Clara Bjerhag was born in Stockholm where she grew up surrounded by baroque music, the music that ever since has stayed closest to her heart. After ten great years at the Lilla Akademien school of music, she moved to Malmö where she completed her master studies in 2019. She is now at the beginning of her career as a freelance violinist, working regularly in several Swedish orchestras. During all her years of studying, she has been playing lots of chamber music with different ensembles, in all kinds of genres. In May 2019, she reached her greatest milestone yet, when she performed Prokofiev's first violin concerto as a soloist with the symphony orchestra of the Academy of Music in Malmö. Just out of school to join new and exciting projects, Clara is looking forward to many great things ahead!
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.
Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. Highlights in the past seasons include Dana´s performance of the Bartok Viola Concerto in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), playing chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival, and a recital in Carnegie Hall (New York).
In 2012 she signed an exclusive record deal with Channel Classics Records. Dana’s albums “Enigma”,”Romantic Metamorphoses” and the newly released “Essentia” recorded with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Raiskin have been received with great success by the international press.
After being a junior student with Grigorij Gruzman at the “Akademie für Tonkunst” Darmstadt he studied at the “Musikhochschule Karlsruhe” with André Boanain,at the “Musikhochschule Frankfurt” with Lev Natochenny and at the “Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique Paris” with George Pludermacher. 1st prize at the competition of the “Musikhochschule Karlsruhe” with piano solo in 1996, in 1997 1st prize as a Duo with violin, 3rd prize at the “Newport International Piano Competition” (Great Britain).
In 1998 1st prize at the “International Music Competition Torino” (Italy), 2nd prize at the “Kuhmo International Duo Competition” (Finnland). Radio- and TV productions; performed as a soloist for example with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the “Stuttgarter Kammerorchester”). Lecturer for piano at the “Musikhochschule Karlsruhe”.
The Norwegian vocal ensemble Edvard Grieg Kor is the resident a cappella ensemble at Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg. Displaying versatility across all musical genres, they perform regularly with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and also form the core of the Chorus for Bergen National Opera, as well as being a regular performer at the Bergen International Festival. They are rapidly gaining a reputation as a leading 8 part a cappella ensemble, with performances throughout Norway and abroad. They have had numerous works and arrangements written specially for them by leading composers including Jonathan Rathbone, and David Lang.
In addition to their busy performing schedule, Edvard Grieg Kor is dedicated to encouraging a cappella singing to the highest level across all age groups through their education programme schools and kindergardens, and also through their innovative Møt Koret scheme for amateur choirs and ensembles. The 8 singers also mentor Edvard Grieg Ungdomskor (EGU), which they formed in 2013. EGU is for singers aged 16-26 and specialises in classical A Cappella singing and they have also performed regularly with Bergen National Opera, and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and have even performed with the Rolling Stones! Recent highlights in 2018 include joint concerts with the world renowned A Cappella ensemble VOCES8 in Bergen and Manchester. In the summer of 2019 Edvard Grieg Kor’s debut album was released on the Chandos label.
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.
During recent years Erik has established himself on the Swedish folk music scene as a star amongst young nyckelharpa players. He comes from Västerbotten but moved down to southern Sweden to study the nyckelharpa, first at Eric Sahlströms Institutet in Tobo and then at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Today he lives in Stockholm and freelances and teaches full time.
Erik got his first musical “kick” on the international folk music course Ethno in Falun, summer 1999. There he met young people from all around the world and understood that music is a language without boundaries. This has since characterised his way of approaching music and even his approach to the nyckelharpa. Apart from Nordic, Erik has in recent years been noted for his input in the flamenco company “Flamencos en route” in Switzerland, in the spelman’s duo with hardanger fiddler Olav Luksengård Mjelva as well as in different projects with saxophonist Jonas Knutsson. Erik is a musician continuously on the lookout for new impulses and challenges.
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).
South African born violist and overtone singer, Gareth Lubbe, appears as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia. For several years, he was principal violist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig before taking up the post of Professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen where he has a studio of viola students from around the world. He is a regular guest artist and educator at festivals such as Stellenbosch in South Africa, Kuhmo in Finland, and Purbecks in England amongst many others. As an acclaimed overtone singer, Gareth gives performances and lectures around the world. Prominent composers have written works for his voice, and his vocal skills have been recorded for Radio, Films as well as computer games.
Vladimir was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1981. His interest in music appeared already from a very young age through his father who came to Russia from South America. When he arrived in Sweden, he discovered salsa and mambo as a dance and very quickly became aware of his talent and motivation to invest in it. He joined one of the local dance teams in Stocholm and performed with them on local Swedish, but also international events. In 2008 he established his own dance company. Since then he is a well known dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer. His Salsa style, is characterized by his passion, energy, and creativity. He teaches salsa and Mambo in Stocholm, and is known for the effective way in which he teaches the technique of leading and following.
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.
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.
Ian Bostridge’s international recital career has taken him to the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, St Petersburg, Aldeburgh and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals and to the main stages of Carnegie Hall and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. He has held artistic residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade (2003/04), a CarteBlanche series with Thomas Quasthoff at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw (2004/05), a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall (2005/06), the Barbican, London (2008), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (2010/11), the Wigmore Hall (2011/12) and Hamburg Laeiszhalle (2012/13). In 2018 Ian began an auspicious Artistic Residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the first of its kind for the ensemble.
Jesper Kviberg teaches percussion with a focus on jazz. Jesper is educated at the Royal College of Music's music line and has long experience as a freelance musician. Jesper has played with international greats and "most" in Swedish jazz and has participated in many recordings. Jesper has been rewarded with The Ronnie Gardiner drummers award, Egil Johanssen's Memorial Scholarship ”and Alingsås Drummers Prize 2015. Since autumn 2013 Jesper has been training for percussion teacher at SMI, Stockholm's Music Pedagogical Institute.
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.
Born in Sussex, England, Julia is Principal Flute of Gävle Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She was previously Principal Piccolo in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and has also held contracts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. As a Scholar at the Royal College of Music, Julia studied flute with Jaime Martin and Susan Milan, piccolo with Stewart McIlwham and Baroque flute with Rachel Brown. During her time at college she won the McKenna Baroque Prize and the Richard III Chamber Music Prize and participated in the LSO Academy for Woodwind. As a guest, Julia has performed with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and World Orchestra for Peace, amongst others. Invitations for 2020 include Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Julia has taught at the Grieg Academy of Music in Bergen and the Royal Northern College of Music and has been a flute tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
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.
Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, & Dunedin Consort (Bach St. Matthew Passion).
Graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg, Russia), educational program The Art of the Choreographer, MD. Тraineeship at the Nederlands Dans Theater (The Hague, Netherlands). Choreographer Ksenia Zvereva is a former company member of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus. Ksenia´s professional choreographic debut was in 2013, at the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia). Since then, she is working as a freelance choreographer worldwide and has created works for companies such as The Mariinsky Theatre, The Bolshoi Theatre, Astana Opera, Royal Swedish Ballet. She has been teaching modern dance at The Vaganova Ballet Academy, collaborated with The State Hermitage Museum and Hermitage Theatre as well as with Festival O/Modernt in Sweden. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix 2013, gold medal at Dance World Cup 2019 and International Dance Contest Premio DOC 2019. Has been featured in Dance ICONS under ”Trending: Female Ballet Choreographers on the Rise”. Participant of the renowned International ballet festival Benois de la Danse 2018. Ksenia has been taking part in numerous workshops and festivals, including UK, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden.
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.
The violinist Luiza Labouriau was born to a Danish-Brazilian family of scientific humanists, growing up in Denmark and now living in Berlin, Germany. As a five-year old child she chose the violin as her instrument herself after having heard two pieces: Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev (who wouldn’t want to be like the brave Peter!) and Rimsky-Korsakovs beautiful tone-poem “Sheherezade” (after having asked for a harp, her farther managed to convince her to choose the more practically convenient violin…).
Fanatically searching for every possible way to get in touch with the world of classical music, Luiza got through most of the standard chamber music repertoire for octet, sextet, trio and string-duos in her teens and even managed to win a couple of prizes in the danish national youth-competitions “Berlingske Klassiske Musikkonkurence” and “Jakob Gade Violinkonkurrence”.
As she moved to Copenhagen in 2019 to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen Luiza had the chance to discover the worlds of contemporary music, modern art, baroque interpretation, literature, music theory, philosophy, conducting, history and teaching… and everything that connects this with her beloved instrument, the violin. After finishing her Bachelor studies in Denmark, she got accepted as a Master student to the class of Professor Mark Gothoni at the University of Arts in Berlin in 2013 and from 2015 at the Solo Master program.
The early developed passion for chamber music led to many different collaborations through her career so far - among others the founding of the inter-artistic, experimental chamber orchestra „Impulsia“, based in Berlin and the group “Duo Fidelio”, with whom she won the second prize in the International Chamber Music Competition Pinerolo e Torino Cittá Metropolitana in March 2018.
Luiza played professionally in various of the famous Berlin orchestras, among others the radio orchestra “Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin” where she won the position as an orchestra “academist” for the season 2015/16, in the National German Opera (Deutsche Oper), where she played on contract in the first-violin group from 2016-2017 and as concertmaster and group leader in various chamber- and symphonic
orchestras. Her wish for the future is to discover even more ways to connect the different art forms, the younger and older generations, the audience to the musicians, the musicians to each others and human emotions to time.
After finishing his studies at StockholmsMusikKonservatorium in 1999 Magnus moved to Cuba where he enrolled at Centro Nacional Superior de Escuelas de Arte in Habana. Magnus has since worked as an independent session drummer and percussionist for almost 20 years touring with both international artists and some of Swedens biggest artists, some of these includes:
Hoffmaestro & Chraa (Sverige), Calle Real (Sverige/Chile/Kuba), Kaliffa (Sverige), Juanes (Colombia), Orquesta Pomo (Sverige/Kuba), Pepe Espinosa y su Timbakó (Cuba/Sweden), Gilito y su Clave (Cuba/Sweden/ Denmark), Sammy Kasule & Makonde (Uganda,Sverige), Ahmadu Jah & The Highlife Orchestra (Sierra Leone/Sverige), Golbang (Sverige/Iran/Kurdistan/Afghanistan) E-Type (Sverige), Arash (Iran/Sverige), Alcazar (Sverige), Andreas Johnson (Sverige), Nano (Sverige), Julgalan 2014 & 2015, The TV-show Stjärnornas Stjärna 2019 mm mm mm...
As bandleader and founder of his former band ”La Tremenda”, hi was one of the first musicians in Sweden who started executing and composing songs within the modern cuban dance music called Timba. That put him at the forefront of a genre that came to be a huge success and grow a wast community of dancers, musicians and cuban music fans not only in Sweden but all over Europe.
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.
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.
Violinist Marta Spārniņa spent a happy childhood in the town of Madona. At the age of six she began playing violin, because her family home lacked space for a piano. It turned out to be a great decision, because already then Marta profoundly enjoyed playing in ensemble and orchestra. Consequently, she has studied in Emīls Dārziņš Music Highschool with Ludmila Girska, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Valdis Zariņš, as well as in the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Michael Schnitzler and Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin with Ulf Wallin.
Marta Spārniņa has acquired professional experience in both Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and the European Union Youth Orchestra. In 2009 she became Sinfonietta Rīga concertmaster, and since 2011 is the first violin of Spīķeru String Quartet. She has performed with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and as a guest concertmaster with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.
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.
Born in 1962 in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he studied at the Music Academy with Sten Pettersson. He graduated in 1984, and continued to study; first in Antwerp, at the Royal Flemish Conservatory with Walter Boeykens, and later in London, at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, with John McCaw. In 1987 Niklas was appointed principal clarinettist in Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and the following year he took up the same position in Helsinborg Symphony Orchestra. In 1992 he joined the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as co-principal clarinettist and in 2009 he was appointed principal clarinettist. Niklas is also a founding member of the Amadé Wind Quintet and has for 15 years performed new music with the contemporary music group KammarensembleN. On CD he has recorded Edvin Kallstenius clarinet quintet together with the Lysell Quartet, a great number of 20th century wind quintets with the Amadé Quintet, and Daniel Nelsons clarinet concerto with the Västerås Sinfonietta.
As a soloist Niklas has performed concertos by Nielsen, Mozart, Copland, Scelsi, Wallin, Strauss and Nelson with Swedish orchestras both at home and abroad, together with conductors as Sakari Oramo, Okko Kamu, Roy Goodman, Tamas Vasary, Hannu Koivula, Tomas Dausgaard, David Porcelijn, Jin Wang and Josep Caballé-Domenech.
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.
Marina Prada is a dance teacher at the high school, a mentor at the high school and also teaches Spanish at both the high school and high school. Marina has been a professional at the Royal Opera. She currently runs the Swing Academy, the music publishing Nordic art edition and teaches at the Lilla Akademien.
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.
Siljamari Heikinheimo is known as a violinist and recently also as an opera director. As a violinist she appears regularly as a chamber musician and as a soloist. She has been a member of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra during years 2012-2016 and nowadays subtitutes frequently as a concertmaster and a section leader in Scandinavian orchestras like Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish Chamber Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. She appears regularly at several festivals like Kuhmo chamber music festival, Summer Sounds Porvoo, Hauho Festival and Crusell Festival. She has recorded numerous Finnish compositions for the the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Heikinheimo is the artistic director of Sounds Of Books -concertserie, which takes it's place in Helsinki.
Akasaka is a versatile violist, appreciated for her special energy and charismaas a soloist and chamber musician. She has won numerous international awards,including 1st prize at the 12th International Japan Classical Music Competition and 3rd prize at the 53rd ARD International Music Competition (2004).
She performs worldwide as a soloist with orchestras including Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Orchestra de Chambre Genève and the Venezuela National Symphony Orchestra , under conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Johannes Kalitzke, Rüdiger Bohn, Michal Kaluza, Kazuki Yamada, Roman Kofman and Günther Herbig.
Akasaka's chamber music partners have included Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Daniel Hope, Vilde Frang, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Ottensamer, the Ebène, Jerusalem, Kuss Quartet, performing at international music festivals such as Verbier, Lucerne, Salzburg, Pablo Casals, Kissinger Summer, Mecklenburg, San Francisco Musical Days, Olivier Messiaen Festival, Zagreb Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg Cello Festival and the Schubertiade.
Receiving the highest accolades for recitals in Switzerland, France, Poland, Italy, Germany and Japan, she has performed in concert halls including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Mozarteum Salzburg, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Wigmore hall, Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie Berlin, Schloss Elmau, Suntory Hall Tokyo. A particular highlight was NHK TV airing a Tokyo concert series throughout Japan.
She was a visiting professorship at the Music Conservatory of Geneva and Neuchatel, and since 2019, Akasaka is professor of viola at the Musikhochschule in Münster.
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.