When Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French in 1804 Beethoven was so infuriated that he tore out the dedicatory title page from his ‘Eroica’, Symphony No. 3 – an instrumental drama fraught with heroism, betrayal and glimpses of the infinite. The avant-garde qualities of ‘Eroica’ are made manifest in the juxtaposition with Schoenberg’s 1942 Ode to Napoleon, called a ‘stand against tyranny’, while the funereal mood of its second movement foreshadows Chopin’s Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor Op. 35, with its celebrated Marche funèbre.
Frédéric Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor Op. 35
Young composer competition work
Arnold Schoenberg Ode to Napoleon Op. 41
- Interval -
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Op. 55 (‘Eroica’)
Samuel West reciter
Hugo Ticciati violin
Johannes Marmén violin
Fredrik Paulsson viola
Julian Arp cello
Cédric Tiberghien piano
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cédric Tiberghien has been particularly applauded for his versatility, as demonstrated by his wide-ranging repertoire, interesting programming, an openness to explore innovative concert formats and his dynamic chamber music partnerships. Performances this season include his debuts with the Berliner Philharmoniker, San Francisco Symphony, DSO Berlin and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. His solo recitals include London, Chicago and Tokyo, and with violinist Alina Ibragimova at the Vienna Konzerthaus and on tour to Japan and Korea. In Spring 2019 the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris) will present the premiere of Zauberland (Magic Land). During the 2017/18 season Cédric returned to the London Symphony Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras. Other recent collaborations have included the Boston Symphony, Cleveland, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras and Les Siècles at the BBC Proms.
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.
Janacek’s String quartets in 20 different subway stations in Stockholm city and suburbs.
Koranyi and Virpi Paakinen.
Fredrik Paulsson is in demand as both soloist and director internationally and has conducted and
directed orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Catalonia, Vaasa City Orchestra, Musica
Vitae, Dalasinfoniettan, Aurora Festival Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Finlandia. In 2012 he
was invited to join Janine Jansen’s Bach Ensemble to lead Bach double concertos on a EMI
recording and two European tours. Paulsson studied conducting with Jorma Panula at his
conducting course in Vaasa 2010-12 and at his Summer Academy during 2011-12. He was also
mentored by chief conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski during
In 1998 in a joint project with Stockholm European Capital of Culture, Paulsson was Artistic
Director and project creator of SKIT, String Quartet in the Subway, performing and interacting Leos
Fredrik Paulsson was joined Artistic Director of the Yggdrasil Chamber Music Festival on the Island
of Öland 1999-2001.
From 2011-2014 he was Artistic Director and creator of the Mupfie! concert series with Chamber
Orchestra Musica Vitae, which included artists such as Mihály Farkas, Ruby Hughes, Jakob
During 2014-2015 he created and artisticly directed a series of three projects with Dalasinfoniettan,
The programs Tzigane!, Bohemia! and Finlandia! where thematic around folk music origins in
Born in London into a family of distinguished actors, Sam West studied English at Oxford and has since forged a career as an internationally acclaimed actor and director. Highly esteemed for the nuanced dramatic energy of his spoken-word recordings, he enjoys regular collaborations as a reader and narrator with musical ensembles the world over. On stage Sam has played Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company and won a Critics’ Circle award for his RSC performance of Hamlet. His extensive television credits include W1A, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and Cambridge Spies (all for the BBC) and four series of Mr Selfridge (ITV). For the BBC he has also narrated several documentaries. Among his many films are Darkest Hour, On Chesil Beach, Suffragette and Notting Hill, and he voiced Pongo in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians II. His portrayal of Leonard Bast in Howards End won him a BAFTA nomination. Accompanying Walton’s music for Henry V at the Last Night of the Proms, Sam performed speeches from Shakespeare’s play. He has recorded over fifty audiobooks, receiving numerous awards for his work. A keen birdwatcher, Sam is an Associate Artist of the RSC and Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.