In 1792 Beethoven travelled to Vienna to ‘receive the spirit of the late Mozart from Haydn’s hands’. Almost immediately he broke the boundaries of western music, reinventing musical forms as dynamic agents of change. The shift had been heralded in Haydn’s ‘Farewell’ – an adieu to music as aristocratic commodity. But it was Beethoven who voiced the aspirations of the coming world order. The concert concludes with tributes to two composers who revolutionised the music of their respective epochs: Josquin des Prez and David Bowie.
Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony in F-sharp Minor No. 45 (‘Farewell’)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ‘Et Incarnatus Est’ from Mass in C minor K 427
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Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No. 1 (‘Ghost’)
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Josquin des Prez Mille regretz
/ arr. Marzi Nyman
David Bowie Blackstar
/ arr. Marzi Nyman
Josquin des Prez Ave Maria … virgo serena
/ arr. Johannes Marmén
David Bowie Heroes
/ arr. Marzi Nyman
Ludwig van Beethoven The Anxiety of the Seventh
/arr. Marzi Nyman
Elin Rombo soprano
Janne Thomsen flute
Anni Haapaniemi oboe
Hannes Heinemann oboe
Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Emily Hultmark bassoon
Torbjörn Hultmark trumpet
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Ellen Rydelius horn
Hugo Ticciati violin
Julian Arp cello
Alasdair Beatson piano
Marzi Nyman Electric guitar | voice
Sam Wilson percussion
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt New Generation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen festivals, two appearances in the Time Unwrapped series at Kings Place, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble among many. Throughout the season he is Chamber Pianist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Alasdair is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. Alongside a particular affinity with the classical repertoire and the music of Schumann and Fauré, he often explores the more exotic: Catoire, Pierné, Thuille; Debussy’s Jeux (in the composer’s arrangement for solo piano); Ligeti Horn Trio, Thomas Adès Piano Quintet; and piano trio arrangements of Debussy’s La Mer, Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata, Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony (with 3 percussionists) and Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. His concerto repertoire includes works of Bach, Bartok, Fauré, Hans Abrahamsen, Hindemith, Mozart, Sally Beamish, Stravinsky, Messiaen, appearing in recent years with Britten Sinfonia, Moscow Virtuosi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
2017 saw the release on BIS of a recording with Alec Frank-Gemmill of 19th century music for horn and piano, recorded on four exquisite historical pianos (and four fantastical historical horns) spanning 1815 - 1895. This release joins an acclaimed discography of three solo and numerous chamber recordings, on BIS, Claves, Champs Hill, Evil Penguin and SOMM labels.
A regular participant at the open chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair took part in their tours of 2007 and 2011, and collected the 2008 RPS Award for Chamber Music on their behalf. He has enjoyed working closely with composers George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Heinz Holliger and Helena Winkelman.
A former student of John Blakely and Menahem Pressler, Alasdair is increasingly drawn to education, teaching annually on the Musicworks summer courses, as a regular mentor at London's Chamber Studio, and maintaining a class of solo pianists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Alasdair is founder and artistic director of the French chamber music festival Musique à Marsac, and from 2019 a co-artistic director of the chamber music festival in Ernen, Switzerland.
Janne Thomsenstarted playing the flute in Denmark at the age of six. Her career started after winning the Young Musician of the Year Award in Denmark, which was followed by competition wins in Prague, Bayreuth, Rome, Vienna and Boston. She studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and at the Paris Conservatoire under William Bennett, Maurice Bourgue and the Amadeus Quartet. Janne Thomsen has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony and Kremerata Baltica and performs worldwide as a chamber musician. She is greatly interested in commissioning new and exciting music for her instrument and taught at the Mozarteum Salzburg and Lucerne School of Music until 2010. Janne Thomsen is Artistic Director of ‘Klassiske Dage’– Holstebro International Music Festival in Denmark, which she founded in 2005.
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.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden1957. Moved to the UK in 1984. Dual Swedish/British citizenship.
Composer, musician and teacher.
Graduate studies of trumpet and composition at Musikhögskolan in Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden - 1977-1980.
Post graduate studies at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies, Goldsmith's College, London - 1980-81.
His main teachers were Bengt Eklund (Gothenburg) and John Wallace (London).
Occasional lessons also with, David Mason and John Miller (UK), Pierre Thibaud (France), Adolph Herseth,James Stamp,Thomas Stevens,AllenVizzuti (US),and Kristian Steenstrup (Denmark).
Teacher of trumpet at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, London since 2005. The Torbjörn Hultmark Trumpet Method published in 2017 has internationally had glowing reviews.http://www.hultmarkmethod.com
Torbjörn’s playing career has taken him to 25+ countries with orchestras and ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, the London Mozart Players, Philharmonia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Also film and TV session work and as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, the BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Sinfonia 21.
Torbjörn is at the forefront of the development of acoustic performance and composition with live electronics processing. Some of his output in this area can be seen on his Youtube channel live- electronics playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist? list=PLQvTCN84H4lPf3zBMxEKUZCC_WWSjbZrg
The Soprano Trombone Project was started by Torbjörn in 2011 with a view of promoting the instrument and repertoire. Regular performances, tours and recordings with the London Sinfonietta, Spontonality (UK), and with the pianist Roger Dean. http://www.hultmark.me/ torbjornsopranot.html
Compositions performed and broadcast by the BBC R3, Classic FM (UK), New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland. Published by Composers Edition, Brass Wind Publications and Onyx Brass.
Torbjörn’s music can be heard on https://soundcloud.com/torbjorn-hultmark
'...the standout piece here is "A Lullaby" by Torbjörn Hultmark...an absorbing, lively experience ',
Anthony Quinn,The Independent (CD review four stars)
Brief Notes - four settings of poems by Brian Nisbet (1959-2015) for instruments and live electronics, premiered 2018 at Konserthuset Stockholm.
A Lullaby - electroacoustic tape and brass quintet [BBC Radio 3 commission]
recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'Dancing in the Dark' Deux-Elles DXL1141.
A Sketch of Gaul - brass quartet (2tpt, hn, tba) and keyboard [Chaconne Brass commission] recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.
Alcántara - concertino for trumpet and chamber orchestra published by Brass Wind Publications catalogue no AR017/ISMN no 570276455.
A Love Song to the Moon - song, keyboard and brass quartet; text by Rumi (13c.)
recorded by Elaine Delmar and Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.
It Was Just a Dream - bassoon and piano.
A Song of Guadalupe - brass quintet, recorded by Onyx Brass.
An Iberian Draft - brass quintet, recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.A Fairytale - tale teller, nonsense gabbler, clap stomp chap, mime, cowhorn, electronics
[Music at Millhouse and Headspace commission, performed by the Headspace Ensemble at the 2012 London Festival].
Triptyk - trumpet, organ and recitation (Book of Psalms), published by Svensk Musik.
Motet - 16 part choir, three small choirs, brass, percussion, organ (Book of Psalms)
published by Svensk Musik.
Moments - choir [satb] text by Glyn Rhys Morgan.
Greetings to a New World - twelve trumpets, published by Svensk Musik.
Psalm - brass quintet [Chaconne Brass commission], recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'We Are Not Alone' CBCD1101.
Fanfare for Linda - two trumpets, recorded by Chaconne Brass on 'Chaconne Brass' CBCD597.
Trio - violin, trumpet and piano [Lysis commission].
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.
Sam Wilson is a percussionist, composer and vocalist based in London. Active in many genres of music and performance, his work has taken him to concert halls, comedy clubs, stadiums and festivals around the world. He is an avid creator, taking a collaborative and compositional role in most of the work he does, and has undertaken numerous engagements of devising for television and radio.
Sam studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he graduated with the Lord Mayor’s Prize. During his study he was highly committed to new music performance, and the integration of theatre. When being interviewed following his 12-year-term as Principal of the Guildhall, Barry Ife described Sam’s final recital performance of Georges Aperghis’ Le Corps A Corpsas his highlight, stating “I have never been so profoundly affected and shocked by a performance in my entire life.”
Recent projects include a long-standing Boiler Room collaboration with the visionary producer Actress, (culminating in sold out performances at the Barbican and the Strelka Institute in Moscow), Terry Riley’s In C performed with the London Contemporary Orchestra and the composer himself in London, the world premiere of G.F. Haas’ Solstices(a 70 minute work to be performed by the Riot Ensemble in total darkness), concerts and masterclasses with the percussion quartet 4-Mality, numerous soundtracks for film and television (including 2018's smash hit Black Panther), and performing in London’s production of Hamilton.
Between 2011 and 2017 Sam featured in the hip hop comedy act Abandoman, alongside freestyler and comedian Rob Broderick. Sam began collaborating with Rob in 2011, and gradually undertook a more central role in the duo; eventually devising and co-producing all of the material. Their 2014 show Hot Deskwas declared the “Best Musical Show” of the Edinburgh Fringe by The Sunday Times, and their 2016 Fringe show Life + Rhymessold a record run of 10,000 tickets. The last few years have seen them appear frequently on British and Irish prime-time television (including as the house band for Alan Carr's Happy Houron Channel 4), headline comedy stages at every major music festival in the country, tour to North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, and support Ed Sheeran on a major UK tour.
Sam met composer and electronic artist Anna Meredith in 2010, and has since then performed in her band and helped create her live touring show. He shares writing credits on her album Varmints, (winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, ‘Best New Music’ on Pitchfork, and a mass of 5* reviews from the British and international press), and has co-devised solo/duo works with her including Brisk Widowfor drum kits, lights and quad audio, and Gigue, for dance mat. The live band shows are intense and intricate mini-symphonies, in which Sam drums and sings. Writing on his combined performance in The Guardian, critic Maddy Costa describes a “luminous falsetto as delicate as his limbs are forceful and demanding elsewhere”. They have brought their show all across Europe, including Berghain (Berlin), Pohoda Festival (Slovakia) and Iceland Airwaves Festival. In 2017 the band embarked on their fist American tour, and were named in the top 10 bands of SXSW Festival by The New York Times. 2018 saw them record their debut at NPR's infamous Tiny Deskseries, of which creative director Bob Boilen said: “Out of nearly 700 performances at the Tiny Desk, this is simply the most exhilarating one I've experienced.” Their follow-up to Varmintsis expected in 2019.
Sam is grateful for the support of JH Audio and Sabian Cymbals.
Emily Hultmark, born in 1985 to English/Swedish parents, grew up outside of London. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra gaining invaluable experience under leadership of conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Andrew Davies, Marin Alsop and Yann-Pascal Tortellier. Emily attended Chetham's School of Music, Manchester in 2002 to study with Graham Salvage until 2004, upon which she moved to Gothenburg, Sweden. Here she studied with Anders Engström at Göteborgs Musikhögskola as well as partaking in masterclasses around Europe with Klaus Thunemann, Rachel Gough, Martin Gatt, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Lugaresi and Gustavo Nunez. In 2006, Emily moved to Berlin to study with Volker Tessmann at Hanns Eisler Hochschule der Musik. Following this, in 2008 Emily became a member of Göteborgs Symfoniker, 3 years under the chief musical director Gustavo Dudamel. Under invitation from Zubin Mehta, Emily worked from January 2012- June 2013 as Principal bassoon with the opera orchestra of Palau de les Arts, Valencia.
In 2014 Emily was given the position of co-Principal bassoon with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. Emily won the position of Finalist in the International Gillet Fox Competition, 2010. She was awarded three consequetive prizes from MMSF (Martin Music Scholarship Fund), followed by a MMSF recital with players from the Philharmonia in 2007. Emily has been awarded various scholarships in Sweden, including the Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien scholarship, Ekmans Fonden scholarship and Ljungrenska Tävlingen. In 2011 Emily was awarded the prestigious Sten A Olssons Stiftelse för Kultur scholarship and most recently, in February 2015 the Prince Carl Gustaf young person's scholarship. A creative background has allowed Emily the freedom to expand boundaries within her playing. She has a passion for exploring the capacity of the bassoon's place within improvisatory and experimental groups and creates her own music with electronics. Recent performances have included ’Generationer', an experimental collaboration together with her father, trumpet player and composer Torbjörn Hultmark in Grunewaldsalen, Stockholm. Upcoming projects include performances with choreographer and dancer Virpi Paakinen. Emily's solo appearances include concertos with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Mozart's Bassoon Concerto under leadership of Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Martin Fröst conducting and the Mozart concerto with Rouvali's Tampere Philharmonic. Emily has recently been appointed Principal Bassoon with the Philharmonia. She often appears with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Royal Philharmonic.
Anni Haapaniemi studied oboe playing at the Sibelius-Academy and at the Conservatoires of Gothenburg and Geneva as well as in Paris. She earned her Masters degree from the Sibelius-Academy in 2007. Anni has been the solo oboist at Tampere Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and from the autumn of 2009 at the Tapiola Sinfonietta. She is also a member of the Arctic Hysteria Quintet and performs also with the period instruments from the classical and baroque eras. Anni Haapaniemi teaches oboe at the Sibelius-Academy and she has been the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Festival in Kaustinen in 2013-2015.
Hannes Heinemann grew up in Falun, Sweden where he studied a wide range of music styles . After high school he decided to focus on the oboe and has completed his bachelor and master studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm for Bengt Rosengren and Emmanuel Laville.
Hannes now freelances in orchestras around Sweden as well as playing chamber music - primarily with Valhallakvintetten, a wind quintet based in Stockholm.