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Festival O/Modernt


THE ART OF SURPRISE

Saturday 11 June, 15:00
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen

Artists

Janne Thomsen flute
Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Luca Bognar violin
Vicky Sayles violin
Przemek Pujanek viola
Claude Frochaux cello
Edward King cello
Irina Zahharenkova piano

Programme

Franz Joseph Haydn Flute Quartet in A Major Hob II:A4
Guillaume Connesson Techno parade
Franz Joseph Haydn String Trio in G Major Op. 53 From Hob. XVI:40-42
Fabian Panisello Japanese Pictures (1999)
Jean Francaix Theme et variations
Franz Joseph Haydn /Arr. Johann Peter Salomon Symphony No. 94 (‘Surprise’), Menuett & Finale


Price 150 kr
Festival Pass 1600 kr

20% discount for Friends

‘Did you compose your Surprise Symphony in order to rouse the sleepy audiences of London?’ Haydn was asked by his biographer. ‘No,’ Haydn replied, ‘but I was interested in surprising the public with something new and in making a brilliant debut.’ The startling chord that gives the work its name did precisely that, stirring up the concert conventions of late eighteenth-century London, just as – in Stockholm and across Europe – O/Modernt endeavours to rewrite the rules of contemporary programming. Harnessing the spirit of surprise, this afternoon’s performance juxtaposes Haydn’s brilliance with works by the French composers Jean Françaix and Guillaume Connesson, and the Argentine-Spanish composer and conductor, Fabián Panisello.


Concert partner
Embassy of Estonia, Stockholm
Estonian Institute


Claude Frochaux cello
Claude Frochaux
Claude Frochaux
cello

The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at the Suzuki Talent Center before moving onto 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 such as Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He also broadcasts 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 inlcuding 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.

Christoffer Sundqvist Clarinet
Christoffer Sundqvist
Christoffer Sundqvist
Clarinet

Christoffer Sundqvist, who was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland at the age of six and began his clarinet studies at the Jakobstad Conservatory with Bernhard Nylund. Alongside his outstanding performances of classical repertoire, he is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers including Magnus Lindberg, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Aulis Sallinen and Sebastian Fagerlund have written more than twenty works for him. Christoffer has appeared as soloist with orchestras across Europe. A passionate chamber musician, he is co-founder of the brass quintet Arktinen Hysteria and a long-term member of the Plus Ensemble, based in Turku. Christoffer collaborates regularly with Pekka Kuusisto, Hugo Ticciati, Angela Hewitt, Oliver Triendl and Niek de Groot. Since 2013 he has been Artistic Director of the Jakobstad Sinfonietta and Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad. His discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded Emma prizes.

Janne Thomsen Flute
Janne Thomsen
Janne Thomsen
Flute

Janne Thomsen started playing the flute in Denmark at the age of six. Her professional career began when she won the Young Musician of the Year Award in Denmark, which was followed by competition wins in Paris, 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 has played as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony and Kremerata Baltica, and she performs worldwide as a chamber musician. Greatly interested in commissioning new and exciting music for her instrument, she taught at the Mozarteum Salzburg and Lucerne School of Music until 2010. Janne is artistic director of Klassiske Dage: Holstebro International Music Festival, Denmark, which she founded in 2005.

Edward King Cello
Edward King
Edward King
Cello

New Zealand-born Edward King began to play the cello at age three, taking his lessons on a 1/16th-sized instrument, and sitting on a tiny stool built by his grandfather. In the following years (after graduating through a series of progressively bigger cellos), he enjoyed studies with James Tennant, Julius Berger and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, a trio of encouraging and open-minded mentors. This led to prizes at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen and the Australian Cello Awards. Edward enjoys a multi-faceted career, collaborating with a diverse array of ensembles around Europe and further afield. He is especially interested in projects that unearth new perspectives on long-standing musical traditions, and enjoys dabbling in a wide range of music: early, contemporary, world, chamber, electronic, improvised, rearranged and recomposed. Since 2019 Edward has lectured on the cello at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg, where he enjoys the challenges and inspiration provided by his students. Edward plays on a modern German instrument, made by Robert König in 2017.

Irina Zahharenkova piano
Irina Zahharenkova
Irina Zahharenkova
piano

Irina Zahharenkova is one of the most outstanding keyboard performers of her generation to emerge from Estonia. She has won first prizes from major international piano competitions, notably the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (Leipzig, 2006), Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition (Terni, 2006), International Competition George Enescu (Bucharest, 2005) and Jaén International Piano Contest (Jaén, 2004). In 2008 she was a prize-winner in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Irina has also been a laureate in the Prague Spring competition in Czech Republic (2005) – as a harpsichordist and as fortepianist in Festival van Vlaanderen competition in Bruges (2004). She was the winner of the 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award.

Luca Bognár violin
Luca Bognár
Luca Bognár
violin

German-Hungarian violinist Luca Bognár is a passionate chamber and orchestral musician. Since 2019 she has been a full-time member of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Growing up in a musical environment, she was exposed to the diversity of the musical world, styles, formations and instruments, all of which inspired her to pursue a musical life through the violin, viola and even singing. Eventually the violin took the main role on her musical journey. She received her academic education at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, the Amsterdam Conservatory and as participant in the Erasmus exchange program at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Following her studies she was privileged to gain experience in orchestral playing at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra. Her passion is and always has been exploring and performing the chamber music repertoire. She performs regularly in many different festivals around the world.

Przemyslaw Pujanek viola
Przemyslaw Pujanek
Przemyslaw Pujanek
viola

Przemyslaw Pujanek started playing the violin at the age of six. He graduated with distinction from the Henryk Wieniawski Music School in Poznań, Poland, in 2010. At the same time, he was a young student at the Julius Stern Institute in Berlin from 2007 to 2010 in the violin class of professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. Meanwhile, he has had many successes in national violin and chamber music competitions. After switching from the violin to the viola in 2010, he studied at the UdK Berlin with professor Hartmut Rohde and has since successfully participated in various competitions and festivals, and was a scholarship holder at the Paul Hindemith Society in Berlin eV and the Ad Infinitum Foundation. He graduated with honours in July 2014, majoring in viola. From 2015 to 2017, after winning an audition, he worked in the London Philharmonic Orchestra as principal violist. From 2017 to 2018 he was solo violist with the Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt.

Vicky Sayles violin
Vicky Sayles
Vicky Sayles
violin

Victoria was a scholar at Royal College of Music, London and graduated a year early with First Class Honors. She is currently associate leader of London Mozart Players and has recently joined Hovkapellet as principle second violin. Victoria has held contracts as guest concertmaster of BBC Scottish Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Santiago Opera (Chile), Swedish Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra amongst others. Victoria has been regular guest section leader at Australian Chamber Orchestra (Sydney), Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra amongst others. Victoria is a qualified teacher and was Director of Music at Bruton School of music for three years where she reintroduced classical music to the national curriculum in the South West of England. Victoria has been invited to write articles for BBC Music Magazine, The Strad Magazine, The Arts Desk, Tatler Magazine amongst others. Victoria enjoys chamber music and has performed with Gary Hoffman, Radovan Vlatkovic, Gerard Causse, Steven Isserlis, Lars Anders Tomte, Lawrence Power, Sasha Zemtsov, Jean Yves-Thibaudet, Ida Haendal and many others. Victoria plays a violin on loan from the Royal Swedish Opera and a Fetique bow on loan from a private sponsor in Sydney.

TREES, LARKS, CHICKENS AND FREAKS

Saturday 11 June, 19:00
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen

Artists

Hugo Ticciati violin/conductor
Magdalena Meitzner percussion
Jesper Kviberg percussion
Marmen Quartet
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra

Programme

Dobrinka Tabakova The Patience of Trees for solo violin, strings and percussion (O/Modernt Commission) *
Paul Saggers Vulpes Vulpes (winning work of the O/Modernt Composition Award 2021) *

Interval

Jörg Widmann Quartet No. 3 ‘Hunt’
Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in D major Op. 64, No. 5 (‘The Lark’)

Interval

Albert Schnelzer A Freak in Burbank
Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 83 in G minor (‘La Poule’)

* Swedish Premiere


Price 290 kr
Festival Pass 1600 kr

20% discount for Friends

With its decidedly un/conditioned title, this concert features two Stockholm premieres: an O/Modernt commission, Dobrinka Tabakova’s The Patience of Trees (2021), and Vulpes Vulpes by the British composer Paul Saggers, the winner of the 2020/21 edition of the O/Modernt Composition Award. Complementing the natural reflections of Tabakova’s trees and Saggers’s red fox are two birds by Haydn (a lark and a chicken to be precise!), a hunt by the contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann, and A Freak in Burbank by the Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer, who takes Haydn on a trip to California, where he becomes acquainted with a soundworld inspired by the American film director Tim Burton.


Concert Partner
Embassy of Bulgaria, Stockholm


Hugo Ticciati violin
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati
violin

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.

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O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra

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 critically-acclaimed performances at the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts in Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Berwaldhallen, Kings Place and Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.

Festival 2022

Violins
CLARA BJERHAG
LUCA BOGNÁR
LAIA BRAUN
GABRIEL CORNET
XENIA GEUGELIN
JULIJA IVANOVAITÉ
ISKANDAR KOMILOV
SOFIA KORTELAINEN
MIRIAM LILJIFORS
LAURA LUNANSKY
JOHANNES MARMÉN
VICKY SAYLES
LIANA SVENSSON
HUGO TICCIATI
OSCAR TREITLER

Violas
JENNY AUGUSTINSSON
BRYONY GIBSON-CORNISH
FLORIAN HUBER
PRZEMYSŁAW PUJANEK
FRAUKE STEICHERT
HUGO SVENSSON

Cellos
JULIAN ARP
HEDVIG BENGSTON
REBECKA ERICSSON
CLAUDE FROCHAUX
EDWARD KING
SINÉAD O’HALLORAN

Double Basses
JORDI CARRASCO HJELM
JAKUB BECERRA PIETRYKA
BENJAMIN ZIAI

Oboe
HANNES HEINEMANN
INKEN MENCK
SIOBHAN PARKER

Bassoon
JONATHAN BAUER
ANDERS ENGSTRÖM

Horn
ANNA FERRIOL DE CIURANA
BJÖRN OLSSON
EELIS MALMIVIRTAV

Theorb
KARL NYHLIN


Jesper Kviberg percussion
Jesper Kviberg
Jesper Kviberg
percussion

Drummer Jesper Kviberg graduated from the Royal Music school of Stockholm and SMI, Stockholm Musician Pedagog Institute. Jesper has long experience as a freelance musician and has toured extensively lots in Sweden and internationally. Since 2014 he has worked at Lilla Akademien as a percussion and ensemble teacher for percussion, jazz and his own project Latinensemblen. He played on many recordings with numerous artists and has made two CDs with his octet Jesper Kviberg Social Club of Music, mostly with his own songs. He was awarded the Ronnie Gardiner drummers award in 1998, Egil Johanssens memorial stipendium in 2003, Alingsås drummers award in 2014 and the Louis Armstrong award in 2018. Jesper was praised for his drumming in front of a packed auditorium by the great American trumpet player and leader of Jazz at the Lincon Center, Wynton Marsalis, when he had a workshop at the Royal Music School in Stockholm. He played the drums in a concert for Ray Charles and was awarded the Polar Music Price in 1998.

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Marmen Quartet
Marmen Quartet
Marmen Quartet

Johannes Marmén - Laia Valentin Braun - Bryony Gibson-Cornish - Sinéad O’Halloran

Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Marmen Quartet is fast building a reputation for the vitality and vigour of their performances. In 2019 they won the Grand Prize of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition as well as the First Prize of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, together with the Haydn and Canadian commission prizes. Recent engagements have taken the quartet to the Amsterdam and Barcelona String Quartet Biennales as well as the Hitzacker and Lockenhaus festivals.
Upcoming highlights for the Marmens include debuts at the Berlin Philharmonie and the Pierre Boulez Saal as well as extensive European tours, including performances in Heidelberg, Belfast, Luberon, Stockholm and Graz. Festival engagements will take them to the Lucerne Festival, Gulbekian Biennale, Wonderfeel Helsinki and Estivales de Musique en Médoc. In the US the quartet will undertake the first visit of its two-year residency at Southern Methodist University in Dallas – a relationship that will see them working closely with the students as well as giving performances and developing new projects. The quartet performed works by Haydn and Simpson at their BBC Proms debut in 2021, live on BBC Radio 3.

Magdalena Meitzner percussion
Magdalena Meitzner
Magdalena Meitzner
percussion

German percussionist and composer Magdalena Meitzner made her recording debut at the age of sixteen, playing chamber music at the Bayerischer Rundfunk. Since then she has toured both as a soloist and with ensembles including Kroumata, Norrbotten NEO and CCP, travelling to events in China, Peru, Russia and around Europe, and performing at festivals such as Ruhrtriennale, Ultraschall, Huddersfield, Båstad Kammarmusik Festival and Kalvfestivalen. Magdalena frequently works with various crossover projects involving dance, speech and performance, for example with Fedra/Hippolytos in 2019 at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. Magdalena’s duo Hidden Mother (with Ulrik NilIsson) experiments with scenic music and is well known at European avant-garde festivals. In 2020 her duo Wave Dash~ with the flautist Camilla Hoitenga was invited to be ensemble-in-residence at the Robb Composers Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her latest work as composer is the chamber opera Mimì, which premiered in Stockholm 2021.

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