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Mis/Reading Beethoven

14 - 19 June 2019

Nature Activities: Evolution

Nature activities in Ulriksdal Palace Park in collaboration with Solna Naturskyddsföreningen.

Full details and schedule to follow shortly.

Unmodern at O/Modernt II

Franz Schubert Octet in F Major D. 803

Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Emily Hultmark bassoon
Priya Mitchell violin
Annette Walther violin
Fredrik Paulsson viola
Julian Arp cello
Jordi Carrasco-Hjelm bass

artists

Julian Arp cello
Julian Arp
Julian Arp
cello

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.

Priya Mitchell violin
Priya Mitchell
Priya Mitchell
violin

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.

Christoffer Sundqvist Clarinet
Christoffer Sundqvist
Christoffer Sundqvist
Clarinet

Christoffer Sundqvist was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland at the age of 6 and began his clarinet studies at the Jakobstad Conservatory with Bernhard Nylund. Alongside his outstanding performances of the classical repertoire, he is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen and Sebastian Fagerlund have written more than 20 works for him. Sundqvist has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Estonian National Symphony and Basel Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, he is co-founder of the brass quintet Arktinen hysteriaand a long-term member of the Plus Ensemblebased in Turku. Christoffer collaborates regularly with Pekka Kuusisto, Hugo Ticciati, Angela Hewitt, Oliver Triendl and Niek de Groot. Since 2013 he is Artistic Director of the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad. Sundqvist’s discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded the EMMA prize.

Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Alec Frank-Gemmill
Alec Frank-Gemmill
horn

Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. He is widely recognised for pushing the boundaries of the French horn, whether by commissioning new music, making transcriptions of chamber music or through historically-informed performance practice. Alec was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme 2014-16, appearing as soloist with the BBC orchestras on numerous occasions, including in performances of rarely-heard repertoire by Ethel Smyth, Malcolm Arnold and Charles Koechlin. He has been a regular soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, performing concertos by Mozart (on the natural horn) with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, and Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner. In 2017 Alec gave the premiere of James Macmillan's Concertino for Horn, conducted by Andrew Manze.

Often invited as a guest principal horn, Alec has frequently appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also performs as part of period-instrument groups, most notably with Ensemble Marsyas. Their latest album “Edinburgh 1742: Barsanti & Handel” was critically acclaimed and singled out for its solo horn playing. Alec is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, which enabled him to make two recordings for the BIS label: a disc of 19th Century works for horn and piano with Alasdair Beatson, and baroque concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Both albums have been highly praised in the press.
Alec is Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, his alma mater. He also studied in Cambridge, Zürich and Berlin.

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

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.

Annette Walther violin
Annette Walther
Annette Walther
violin

Annette Walther studied in Düsseldorf, Essen and London with Ida Bieler, Vesselin Parschkevov and David Takeno. At the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London she also took chamber music classes with Sir Colin Davis and the Takacs Quartet.

She is a founding member of the Signum Quartet, an international renowned string quartet.
Concert appearances have taken the Signum Quartet to international podia from Madrid and Barcelona to Basel and Paris. The quartet has performed at the Hamburg Laeiszhalle, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Luxemburg Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Vienna, the Wigmore Hall London, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Boston Harvard Musical Association as well as at the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Schwetzingen Music Festivals and at the BBC Proms.
Their recording ‘No.3’ (Bartók, Berg and Schnittke) was awarded the International Classical Music Awards 2014 ‘Best Chamber Music Recording’. Subsequent recordings include “soundescapes“ (Ravel, Debussy, Adès) and “Alla czeca“ (Suk, Schulhoff, Dvorák).
The most recent released Schubert Recording in march 2018 is receiving international critical acclaim( Diapason d’Or amongst others)
In addition to her career with the Signum Quartet, Annette regularly performs with artists such as Nils Mönkemeyer, William Youn, David Cohen, Liza Ferschtman and Priya Mitchell at festivals including the Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg –Vorpommern, Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker and Kammermusikfest Sylt. Furthermore she played alongside Carolin Widmann, Alexej Girassimez and others in the Production’Figure Humaine‘ which the renowned german Choreographer Sasha Waltz created for the inauguration of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in Januar 2017.
She is a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and ensemble musikfabrik, concertmaster of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. Furthermore is she a member of the Geneva Camerata, O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Unterwegs.
At the beginning of 2016, Annette has been appointed as violin lecturer at the Louis Spohr Music Academy in Kassel and follows her passion of teaching with great enthusiasm.

Fredrik Paulsson violin
Fredrik Paulsson
Fredrik Paulsson
violin

Fredrik Paulsson is a Swedish violinist and violist born 1972. He studied with Prof. Harald Thedéen

at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1988-1993, soloist diploma 1991-1993.
In 1992 he also studied with Prof. György Pauk in London who brought his attention to the
research on the Alban Berg violin concerto. As Berg did not have time to review the score and
correct any error, (among them a forgotten octava in the violin cadenza of the second movement),
this was finally done by Professor Douglas Jarman, Principal Lecturer in Academic Studies at the
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. These contacts resulted in, that at his diploma
concert 1993, Paulsson gave the premier performance of the revised solo part of Alban Berg violin
concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling. He graduated
with highest honours and was awarded the “Jetong” from the Royal Academy of Music.
He continued his studies with Norbert Brainin in London 1996-1998 and Prof. Zakhar Bron at the
University of Piteå 1997-2000. During 2006-2007 he studied with Christoph Poppen at the
Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. He has performed in master classes with Gideon
Kremer, Isaac Stern and Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
Paulsson studied chamber music with Prof. Gert Crafoord at the Royal College of Music in
Stockholm. In 1989 he founded the Yggdrasil Quartet. As leader of the quartet he studied with
composer György Kurtág in Paris 1990-1991. The Quartet also studied with Norbert Brainin, leader
of the Amadeus Quartet 1991-1995. Paulsson have also performed in chamber music master
classes with Siegmund Nissel, Martin Lovett, Thomas Kakuska, Hugh Maguire, Ferenc Rados and
Sir Andras Schiff.
Competitions and Awards
1990 “Young Musician of the Year” with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra playing Sibelius Violin Concerto under Stig Westerberg.
1993 Awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Award at the London International String Quartet Competition. Leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet.
1993 “Artist in Residence” Swedish Broadcasting Corporation, P2
1994 Third prize in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet.
1996 Finalist in the 6th Internationaler Mozartwettbewerb in Salzburg.
1996 Second prize with pianist Lars David Nilsson in the Premio “Vittorio Gui” Chamber Music Competition.

Artistic and teaching activity
Paulsson regularly performs in venues such as Palais de Beaux Artes, Brussels, Wigmore Hall,
London, Konzertverein and Konzerthaus, Wien, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Alice Tully Hall,
The Lincoln center, New York. As chamber musician, Paulsson regularly appears at major festivals
all over Europe, working with artists such as Janine Jansen, Leif-Ove Andsnes, Julius Drake,
Natalie Clein, Colin Carr, Maxim Rysanov, Martin Fröst, Andreas Blau and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
As a founding member and leader of the Yggdrasil Quartet he has been short listed for The
Gramophone ”Record of the Year” Award and awarded the Times Record of the Month Award and
Cannes MIDEM Award. The quartet is also top price winners of both the London International
String Quartet Competition and the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. In 2003
he was given the honour of “Primarius” by the Mazer Quartet Society and the Royal Academy of
Music, a title introduced in 1849. Former ”Primarius” include violinists such as Sven Kjellström, Tor
Aulin, Henri Marteau, Jaap Schröder and Leon Spierer. Paulsson has also been teaching at the
Mazer Quartet Society’s course in Sigtuna 1996-2005. With the Yggdrasil quartet he has given
master classes at institutions such as the Universities of Perth and Melbourne, Sofia National
Academy of Music and Vilnius Academy of Music.
choosing the quartet was an intense open competition, which the Yggdrasil won.
In 1995 the municipal government of Aberdeen, Scotland entered into an arrangement with
Aberdeen University to create a unique residency program wherein a string quartet would live,
perform, and teach in Aberdeen for several months a year over a four-year period. The process of
Contemporary composers have been attracted by the Yggdrasil Quartets virtuosity and sympathy
for modern style. One of the first new works was the result of a commission from the Highland
Festival for Nigel Osborne to write a work for them. The result was a quintet called Forest, River,
Ocean for String Quartet and Calyx (the ancient Celtic war trumpet). This, in turn, inspired the
leading British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies to write a Quintet for Trumpet and Strings for
the Yggdrasil and trumpeter John Wallace. Continuing their string of unusual new quartets, the
Yggdrasil collaborated with Scottish percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie in the premiere of Haflidi
Hallgrimsson's Quintet for Percussion and Strings at the Northlands Festival. During these years
the Yggdrasil Quartet also performed the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovitj and
Bartok. Fredrik Paulsson is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Aberdeen.
Between 1996 and 1997 Fredrik Paulsson was invited by the Danel Quartet to replace Juliette
Danel as violist. Apart from extensive touring he made master classes with the quartet in Brussels
and Aldeburgh as well as educational work for Jeunesses Musicales in Belgium and France. He
premiered several contemporary works and made several recordings for the label Auvidis Valois
(Charles Gounod compleat string quartets} and Radio France. With the Danel Quartet he also
performed the complete Shostakovitj cycle. He studied viola with Prof. Zahari Tchavdarov at the
Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Paulsson has also performed in master classes with Michelle
LaCourse, Jeffrey Irvine and Kim Kashkashian and took part in the Karen Tuttle Viola Coordination
Workshop at the NYU Steinhart in New York 2015.
Leading, directing and conducting studies
Fredrik Paulsson has frequently been invited as concert master and guest leader with orchestras
such as Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra
of Europe, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, working with conducturs
such as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Vladimir Jurowski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Nicolaus Harnoncourt,
Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Muti. He was concert master in the Swedish Chamber Orchestra
1997-1998, Gothenburg Opera 1999-2001, Uppsala Chamber Soloists and Orchestra 2006-2007.
Guest player and leader in the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra 2003-2005.
Since 2006 he is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe were he regularly works with the
COE Academy, which function is to give the students the opportunity to travel “on tour” with the
orchestra, to experience, understand and be inspired by the orchestra’s unique artistic and
European ethos and passion for making music. Within the COE Academy he has been leading and
coaching projects with National Orchestra of Catalonia and members of the COE. In 2013 he
directed as concert master, Beethoven’s 4th Symphony at a concert at L’Auditori, Barcelona. He
has also played on several occasions with COE soloists in Stefaniensaal Graz, Wiener
Konzerthaus and the Berliner Philharmonie.
2012-2013.
Artistic direction
Janacek’s String quartets in 20 different subway stations in Stockholm city and suburbs.
Koranyi and Virpi Paakinen.
classical music.
Fredrik Paulsson is in demand as both soloist and director internationally and has conducted and
directed orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Catalonia, Vaasa City Orchestra, Musica
Vitae, Dalasinfoniettan, Aurora Festival Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Finlandia. In 2012 he
was invited to join Janine Jansen’s Bach Ensemble to lead Bach double concertos on a EMI
recording and two European tours. Paulsson studied conducting with Jorma Panula at his
conducting course in Vaasa 2010-12 and at his Summer Academy during 2011-12. He was also
mentored by chief conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski during
In 1998 in a joint project with Stockholm European Capital of Culture, Paulsson was Artistic
Director and project creator of SKIT, String Quartet in the Subway, performing and interacting Leos
Fredrik Paulsson was joined Artistic Director of the Yggdrasil Chamber Music Festival on the Island
of Öland 1999-2001.
From 2011-2014 he was Artistic Director and creator of the Mupfie! concert series with Chamber
Orchestra Musica Vitae, which included artists such as Mihály Farkas, Ruby Hughes, Jakob
During 2014-2015 he created and artisticly directed a series of three projects with Dalasinfoniettan,
The programs Tzigane!, Bohemia! and Finlandia! where thematic around folk music origins in

Dreams of India

In 1821 Beethoven recorded a dream in which he travelled to India, while his diaries for the preceding years contain several references to Indian thought. The transformed ethos, exemplified in the Buddhist-influenced philosophy of Schopenhauer, is characteristic of a post-Napoleonic desire for stability. Musically, Beethoven looked backwards, becoming fascinated with fugal form and also seeking transcendence, notably in his String Quartet Op. 127. This concert combines post-Napoleonic pensiveness with dreams of India, juxtaposing Beethoven’s meditative mode with an exploration of the classical music of northern India.

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E-flat Major Op. 127

- Interval -

Classical North Indian Music

Nicki Wells voice
Nicholas Daniel oboe
Hugo Ticciati violin
Sukhwinder ‘Pinky’ Singh tabla
Cremona String Quartet
David Lundbland conductor


artists

Hugo Ticciati violin
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati
violin

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.

David Lundblad composer
David Lundblad
David Lundblad
composer

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 Oboe
Nicholas Daniel
Nicholas Daniel
Oboe

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.

Singh Sukhvinder tabla
Singh Sukhvinder
Singh Sukhvinder
tabla

Sukhvinder Singh, known as ‘Pinky’, is one of India’s most dynamic percussionists. Hailing from the holy village of Sri Bhaini Sahib (Ludhiana, Punjab), Sukhvinder began his musical journey at the age of five, playing the Dholak and Jorhi in the Namdhari Sangeet tradition. Aged thirteen, Sukhvinder gave his first major public performance, and soon left for Varanasi where he spent eighteen years in Seva (Sel ess service), and Riyaz (intense training practice in Tabla). During this period he was taught by the great Pandit Kishan Maharaj. Through his spontaneity, power, virtuosity, and above all through his inimitable ability to captivate an audience, Sukhvinder has become one of the most sought-after accompanists, travelling extensively around the world with leading artists, including Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. He has received a Grammy award, and performed with major orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic. His Jorhi performances have greatly raised the profile of the rare art of Jorhi playing, and he is acknowledged to be the foremost exponent of the Jorhi worldwide.

Nicki Wells singer
Nicki Wells
Nicki Wells
singer

Singer, songwriter and composer Nicki Wells AKA TURYA followed her 1st class honours degree in Music touring as a featured vocalist in Nitin Sawhney’s band for eight years. She performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Her voice has contributed to a number of feature films and BBC documentaries such as the BBC Human Planet Series.

As a Composer in her own right, Nicki scored the music for various theatrical productions, working with the likes of Tanika Gupta and Howard Brenton. She composed five of Aakash Odedra’s contemporary dance shows, worked with film maker Koen Suidgeest’s on Girl Connected and co-composed the score to Khyentse Norbu’s feature film Vara - A Blessing alongside Nitin Sawhney. More recently, Nicki collaborated with Anoushka Shankar co-composing the score to upcoming film An Officer and His Holiness. Her own much anticipated debut album Ocean, under her stage name TURYA (a Sanskrit word meaning the silence experienced after sound), was released in July 2018 which proved to be a successful debut to what looks like to be a very promising career as a recording artist.

Quartetto di Cremona string quartet
Quartetto di Cremona
Quartetto di Cremona
string quartet

Since its formation in 2000, the Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform at the most important festivals and concert seasons across Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, the Quartet has garnered universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike for its high level of interpretive artistry. They are a regular feature on radio and television broadcasts around the world, performing their extensive repertoire which ranges from early Haydn to contemporary music.

The complete Beethoven string quartets recordings have been recently released for Audite. All the volumes attracted high levels of acclaim in the international press, winning several prizes (Echo Klassik 2017 and ICMA 2018, among the others) and with the Quartetto di Cremona being unanimously considered the true heir of the great Quartetto Italiano. In Spring 2019 will be released a new album dedicated to Schubert, including the String Quintet in C majorwith cellist Eckart Runge (Artemis Quartet) and the String Quartet “Der Tod unddas Mädchen”.
2017/18 season included successful debuts in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle) and Edinburgh, as well as tours in Sweden and Denmark, USA and Canada, Japan.
2018/19 noteworthy engagements include performances in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Stockholm, Geneva, Manchester, Amsterdam, Valencia, New York, Hong Kong, Rome, Milan, as well as outstanding debuts at the Cartagena Festival International de Musica (Colombia), Colmar International Festival (France) , Sandviken Kammarmusikfestival (Sweden) and at the Schubertiade.
They regularly collaborate with numerous artists of international renown, including Lawrence Dutton, Eckart Runge, Andrea Lucchesini, David Orlovsky, Edicson Ruiz, Aaron Pilsan and the Emerson String Quartet.

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