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Mis/Reading Beethoven

14 - 19 June 2019

Every Tree Speaks Through Thee: Nature Day

No one can love the country as much as I do, for surely woods, trees and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear. – Beethoven

11.00-12.30 (En) & 12.30-14.00 (Sv) Guided bird and insect walks with Naturskyddsföreningen Solna-Sundbyberg Book FREE place by e-mailing info@omodernt.com with names

12.30-14.30 Pressing flowers: the legacy of Carl Linnaeus
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12.30-14.30 Build bird boxes and insect hotels
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12.30-14.30 Wood-carving workshop with Norrgavel and Täljogram
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Beethoven’s love of nature brought him both inspiration and solace throughout his life. As a boy he took extended trips with his father along the Rhine, ‘localities ever lastingly dear to me,’ while later his compositional sketchbook was always close at hand in his daily communion with nature – birds, brooks and trees whispering in themes and motives. O/Modernt, in collaboration with Naturskyddsföreningen Solna-Sundbyberg, Norrgavel and Täljogram, welcomes you to a day of communal activities, celebrating nature in all its beauty and diversity.

Everything is alive; everything is interconnected. – Cicero

Unmodern at O/Modernt II

Franz Schubert Octet in F Major D. 803

Adagio – Allegro
Adagio
Allegro vivace – Trio
Andante – Var. I–VII
Menuetto: Allegretto – Trio
Andante molto – Allegro – Andante molto – Allegro molto

Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Emily Hultmark bassoon
Priya Mitchell violin
Annette Walther violin
Jenny Augustinsson viola
Claude Frochaux cello
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm bass

artists

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.

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.

Emily Hultmark bassoon
Emily Hultmark
Emily Hultmark
bassoon

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.

Jenny Augustinsson Viola
Jenny Augustinsson
Jenny Augustinsson
Viola

Jenny Augustinsson is a viola player from Linköping, Sweden. She started to play the violin as a five-year-old, switching to the viola while studying for her BA at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. After finishing her studies in Oslo, she later received her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Stockholm, Edsbergs Manor. She is now working as assistant principal with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Before that she played with Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, and Musica Vitae, a chamber orchestra in Växjö. Jenny is also a very engaged chamber musician, and has been active in numerous ensembles, including trios, quartets and chamber orchestras. She plays a viola made in 2012 by Michael Stürzenhofecker.

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

Maestoso – Allegro
Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile – Andante con moto – Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzando vivace Allegro

- Interval -

Classical North Indian Music

Nicki Wells voice
Sukhwinder ‘Pinky’ Singh tabla
Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Hugo Ticciati violin

Quartetto di Cremona
Cristiano Gualco violin
Paolo Andreaoli violin
Simone Gramaglia viola
Giovanni Scaglione cello

artists

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.

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.

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.

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 soprano
Nicki Wells
Nicki Wells
soprano

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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