Monday 14 June 19:00 CEST
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen
JOHANNES MARMÉN violin
HUGO TICCIATI violin
BRETT DEAN viola
BRYONY GIBSON-CORNISH viola
JULIAN ARP cello
CLAUDE FROCHAUX cello
BARRY DOUGLAS piano
BART VAN DE ROER piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) Piano Trio in D major, Op.70 No.1 (‘Ghost’)
Francisco Jose Andreo Gázquez (b.1989) Celan Pieces for violoncello and piano
The winning piece of the O/Modernt Composition Award 2020 *
Brett Dean (b.1961) Imaginary Ballet: Dances and Interludes for Piano and String Trio
SWEDISH PREMIERE **
Interlude I - (Un)Quiet
Interlude II - Chorale (Donnington Park in the Dark)
Interlude III - Elegy (for John Curro)
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Allegro non troppo
Andante, un poco adagio
Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo – Presto, non troppo
In partnership with Blåsarsymfonikerna
‘There is no new thing under the sun’, the author of Ecclesiastes famously declared, and how paradoxically true that is, even when it comes to the most innovative art and music. Beethoven, who ceaselessly sought out innovative sound worlds, imported a sense of the unresolved past into his ‘Ghost’ trio (allegedly based on Shakespeare), while his towering achievement cast a shadow over subsequent generations, not least Brahms, who strained every sinew to come to terms with the music of Beethoven and Schubert in his revivifying Piano Quintet in F minor. New music has been a key feature of O/Modernt’s artistic mission from the outset, and it is a great pleasure to present two Swedish premieres. Brett Dean’s Imaginary Ballet for Piano and String Trio (2021) responds to the challenges of recent times with a mix of terpsichorean verve and peaceful quietude, while Celan Pieces by Francisco Jose Andreo Gázquez, the winner of the 2020 O/Modernt Composition Prize, finds the matrix of creation in the digging of earth and the blank plenitude of infinity.
All concerts will be live-streamed on takt1.com
Julian Arp 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 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 him. 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.
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 including 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. He is also broadcast repeatedly on the radio, notably with BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded the Monte Piano Trio, which has won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt and Folkwang Prize), 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, and the music-project MUSICA+ in Frankfurt.
Johannes Marmen enjoys a varied, international career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader. He is the first violinist of the award winning Marmen Quartet, member of the O/Modernt chamber orchestra and a regular guest leader of various orchestras and ensembles. He studied with Radu Blidar and Carolin Widmann at the Royal College of Music, and was mentored by Peter Cropper of the Lindsay Quartet. Since winning the Banff and Bordeaux international string quartet competitions in 2019, the Marmen Quartet is one of the most sought-after young quartets around, appearing at Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne Festival, Amsterdam Quartet Biennale amongst others, as well as touring Japan, New Zealand and North America. As a composer and interpreter of contemporary music, Johannes is regularly commissioned and has recently had works and arrangements performed in the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Berlin Konzerthaus as well as being featured on releases by Signum Records and Orchid Classics.
As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres in the most prestigious venues around the world, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt Orchestra and Festival which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. To date, over forty works have been written for and dedicated to him by a host of eminent composers, including Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Albert Schnelzer and Dobrinka Tabakova.
As the Artistic Director of his own O/Modernt Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Manchester Camerata, Hugo collaborates regularly with Kremerata Baltica, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Gaining a growing reputation for his innovative and adventurous programming, Hugo is frequently asked to devise and present concerts and festivals with a unique twist. This has led to ongoing collaborations with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London. Pursuing his passion for chamber music, Hugo has developed special artistic partnerships with members of the O/Modernt Soloists as well as other internationally renowned artists, notably Evelyn Glennie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nils Landgren, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen.
Hugo frequently gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both at Scandinavia’s leading specialist music school Lilla Akademien, where he holds the post of Deputy Artistic Director, and other educational institutions around the world.
Brett Dean studied in his hometown, Brisbane, before moving to Germany in 1984 where he was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for fourteen years, during which time he began composing. His music is championed by many of the leading conductors and orchestras worldwide. Much of Dean’s work draws from literary, political, environmental or visual stimuli, including a number of compositions inspired by artwork by his wife Heather Betts. Brett Dean began composing in 1988, initially concentrating on experimental film and radio projects and as an improvising performer. Dean’s reputation as a composer continued to develop, gaining international recognition as well as several awards for his compositions. Dean enjoys a busy performing career as violist and conductor, performing his own Viola Concerto with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Dean is a natural chamber musician, frequently collaborating with other soloists and ensembles to perform both his own chamber works and standard repertoire.
New Zealand born violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish has established herself in London as a dynamic and committed chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Various accolades include being awarded the Tagore Gold Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music and studying at The Juilliard School as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a member of the Marmen Quartet, winners of the Banff and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions. Bryony also loves spending time with the London Mozart Players, where she is No. 2 Viola. As a teacher, she assists her former professor Andriy Viytovych at the Royal College of Music. Recent visits to New Zealand have included performing and teaching at the International Akaroa Music Festival and recording New Zealand composer Philip Norman’s When Gravity Fails with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Bryony plays a 1932 Vincenzo Sannino Viola, made in Rome, and is grateful to the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments for their assistance.
Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. In 2021 Barry was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to music and community relations. He celebrates his Irish heritage as Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and of the Clandeboye Festival. Barry has given performances across the globe and performed with a list of orchestras that includes the London Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National, Vancouver and Colorado Symphonies, and the Halle Orchestra. Recent highlights include a major UK tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, and appearances with the RTE, Barcelona and Sydney Symphonies. Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist. He recently completed a six-album recording of the full works for solo piano of Brahms. His current recording projects focus on the solo piano works of Schubert and Tchaikovsky solo piano music.
As well as being a soloist and chamber musician, Bart van de Roer is also professor of piano and chamber music at the Codarts Conservatoire in Rotterdam. Twenty-five years ago he founded the prize-winning Storioni Trio with Marc and Wouter Vossen, and they have since performed in major concert halls in Europe, the Far East and the United States. Their CDs include the Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms piano trios, and they recently recorded Beethoven’s triple concerto and Archduke Trio on period instruments, as well as a CD of Martinu’s triple concerto. This autumn sees the release of the new triple concerto by Kalevi Aho (Bis records) and the rediscovered triple concerto of Emanuel Moor (CPO). In 2008 the trio founded the Storioni Festival of chamber music in Eindhoven, which annually attracts a roster of international stars. Composers who have written new music for them include Kevin Volans, Nico Muhly, Pēteris Vasks, Giovanni Sollima, David Lang, Kalevi Aho, Brett Dean and Willem Jeths.