Wednesday 16 June 19:00 CEST
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen
HUGO TICCIATI violin | conductor
BRETT DEAN viola
FILIP KOROŠEC percussion
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT NEW GENERATION ARTISTS
Arvo Pärt (b.1935) Silouan’s Song
Pēteris Vasks (b.1946) Violin Concerto No. 2 (‘In Evening Light’)
WORLD PREMIERE *
Andante con passione
Andante con amore
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Images of evening have provided inspiration for creative artists in all ages. First and foremost, as a metaphor for closure: as night falls and the light gently fades, the human spirit is reabsorbed into the universal flow. But evening is not a full stop at the end of the sentence. It’s part of a natural cycle in which darkness gives way to light and a new day dawns. Arvo Pärt knows this better than most, since the creative cessation he experienced in the late 1960s, when he withdrew into an eight-year silence, led to the spiritual and artistic rebirth of his tintinnabular style, based on the elemental sounds of chiming bells. This concert opens and closes with two of his most evocative works: Silouan’s Song and Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten. Written at the end of the Second World War, Strauss’ Metamorphosen is an anguished requiem for a lost world. Amidst the wreckage of the culture to which he had devoted his life, Strauss discovers the faintest glimmer of hope in the sense that change might bring cyclical renewal. At the heart of this concert is a superb new work commissioned by O/Modernt: Pēteris Vasks’s Violin Concerto No. 2, ‘In Evening Light’ (‘Vakara gaismā’), for violin and string orchestra, which reflects on evening light as a metaphor for the twilight years of human beings. The final concert of this year’s festival is a musical offering to the hardships of this past year and a moment of stilled recollection before the rising of a new dawn.
All concerts will be live-streamed on takt1.com
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.
Directed by violinist Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra is an integral part of O/Modernt. Comprised of top players from all over Europe, the orchestra performs eclectic and adventurous programmes, with anything from arrangements of medieval motets to Bach, Webern and Metallica. The orchestra regularly collaborates with world-renowned soloists such as Evelyn Glennie, Steven Isserlis, Anne Sofie von Otter and Nils Landgren, as well as jazz artists, rappers, choreographers, rock-balancers and more!
Over the last decade, the orchestra has gained an international reputation, with performances at the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.
JACK BANK violin
KUBA BECERRA PIETRYKA double bass
ELLINOR BENGTSON trumpet
HEDVIG BENGTSON cello
MAYA BROMAN CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS violin
DAVID CAMDERMAN horn
HANNAH DUTT violin
ARTHUR EDMAN bassoon
FILIP GRADEN cello
AMI-LOUISE JOHNSSON viola
ESTER STÅLBERG violin
ELISE VATS JONSSON violin
Always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians, in 2017 O/Modernt launched its New Generation scheme as part of O/Modernt Academy – an educational platform that grounds musical tuition in a truly holistic approach that takes its inspiration from the academies of ancient Greece. The programme provides young, talented instrumentalists from Stockholm with a unique opportunity to learn from and perform in concert alongside members of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. It also includes a series of performance events, masterclasses, open rehearsals and study exchanges devised by O/Modernt. Participants in the New Generation Scheme regularly perform at the annual Festival O/Modernt in Stockholm and often complement the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra when it is on tour. In 2021, New Generation students will be performing with the orchestra at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Kölner Philharmonie.
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.
Filip Korošec is one of the most exciting up-and-coming percussionists in Sweden. He has performed all over Europe as a soloist and a member of chamber groups. He is the first recipient of the prestigious Marimba One Excellency Award, which was awarded for his performances in IPCL competition in Luxembourg and second recipient of Blåsmusikpriset. Currently he is studying for his master's degree at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm with Joakim Anterot, Daniel Berg and Mikael Nilsson. He has previously worked and performed with Anders Åstrand, Leif Karlsson, Anders Holdar, Katarzyna Mycka, Simon Klavžar and others. With his main focus on contemporary percussion repertoire, Filip plays lots of new works for percussion and electronics, but his repertoire also ranges from jazz to baroque and anything in between, and he brings a fresh perspective to what classical percussion can be.