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Purcell from the Ground Up

15-20 June

The Man who Planted Trees

From the ground up, Elzéard Bouffier selflessly transforms the lives of others through the elemental act of planting trees. Drawing us deeper into the heart and mind of this extraordinary character, and allowing us time to reflect on his innocent undertakings, the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Satie and Webern punctuate the telling of Jean Giono’s 1953 fable. May the commingling of heart-rending words and inspiring music plant a seed in every willing heart, prompting us to live a life dedicated to the present moment and reminding us how the simplest actions can help to change the world.

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.

Claude Frochaux cello
Claude Frochaux
Claude Frochaux
cello

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.

Gareth Lubbe viola, overtone singer
Gareth Lubbe
Gareth Lubbe
viola, overtone singer

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.

Luciana Mancini mezzosoprano
Luciana Mancini
Luciana Mancini
mezzosoprano

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.

Johannes Marmén violin
Johannes Marmén
Johannes Marmén
violin

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 piano
Henrik Måwe
Henrik Måwe
piano

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 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.

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.

Lament and Consolation: Fourths Down and Up

For the past four hundred years the descending bass line constructed from a perfect fourth that flows with ineluctable melancholy from tonic to dominant and back again has provided the harmonic structure for the musical genre known as the lament. Like the beat of an aching heart, this anguished progression has inspired the work of composers ancient and modern, from the iconic monodies of Purcell and Monteverdi to the epic laments of Elton John, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Muse and Bob Dylan. Exploring the doleful magic of musical fourths, this evening’s concert turns on a profound question. Can consolation be found in the rising fourths of Strauss’ Metamorphosen, a musical monument to the tragedy of the human condition?

Programme

Purcell ‘When I am Laid in Earth’ from Dido and Aeneas
Rameau ‘L’Enharmonique’ from Nouvelles Suites de pieces de clavecin (1728)
Purcell The Stairre Case Overture Z 614
Led Zepperlin Stairway to Heaven
Monteverdi Lamento d’Arianna
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Strauss
Metamorphosen
-interval-

Monteverdi
Lamento della ninfa
Elton John Believe
Paul Simon 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive
Muse Resistance
Bob Dylan One More Cup of Coffee

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.

Claude Frochaux cello
Claude Frochaux
Claude Frochaux
cello

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.

Andres Kaljuste viola
Andres Kaljuste
Andres Kaljuste
viola

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.

Gareth Lubbe viola, overtone singer
Gareth Lubbe
Gareth Lubbe
viola, overtone singer

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.

Luciana Mancini mezzosoprano
Luciana Mancini
Luciana Mancini
mezzosoprano

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-Olivos percussion
Leandro Mancini-Olivos
Leandro Mancini-Olivos
percussion

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.

Henrik Måwe piano
Henrik Måwe
Henrik Måwe
piano

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 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.

Marzi Nyman electric guitar
Marzi Nyman
Marzi Nyman
electric guitar

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.

Christoph Sommer theorb
Christoph Sommer
Christoph Sommer
theorb

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.

Mark Tatlow harpsichord
Mark Tatlow
Mark Tatlow
harpsichord

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 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.

O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra string orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
string orchestra

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.

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