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Festival O/Modernt


SPINNING YARNS, WEAVING SOUNDS

Monday 13 June, 15:00
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen

Artists

Johannes Geworkian Hellman hurdy gurdy
Laura Lunansky violin
Iskandar Komilov violin
Przemek Pujanek viola
Edward King cello
Kristjan Randalu piano
Jordi Carrasco-Hjelm double bass

Programme

Freely Improvised Solo Piece for Double Bass
Johannes Geworkian Hellman Song for Valentin
Dobrinka Tabakova Spinning Yarn
Franz Schubert “Der Leiermann” from Winterreise D.911
Franz Schubert String Trio in B-flat major D. 581, Andante
Gabriella Smith Carrot Revolution
Péter Eötvös Music for New York
Anonymus “Audito Namque” from St. Sigfrids Officium
Antonín Dvořák Quintet for Strings in G-major, Finale. Allegro assai
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm Woven Time
Johannes Geworkian Hellman /Arr. Geworkian Hellman/Carrasco Hjelm To Mother


Price 150 kr
Festival Pass 1600 kr

20% discount for Friends

O/Modernt’s principal double bass, Jordi Carrasco Hjelm, and the hurdy-gurdy player Johannes Gworkian Hellman are joined by the Estonian Jazz pianist Kristjan Randalu and a group of O/Modernt strings in a concert of continuously interwoven sounds. Structured improvisations and some engaging musical episodes create a wordless tale that links Schubert’s Der Leiermann (the ‘Hurdy-Gurdy Man’ from Winterreise) with Dobrinka Tabakova’s Spinning a Yarn for violin and hurdy-gurdy and Peter Eötvös’s improvisatory Music for New York – a kind of karaoke for instruments, as the composer called it. With additional threads spun from Johannes Geworkian Hellman, Gabriella Smith, a Dvořák quintet and a Schubert trio, the concert weaves an uninterrupted narrative tapestry of sounding delights.


Jordi Carrasco Hjelm double bass
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm
double bass

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam, where he was a BA student with Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He finished his studies with an MA in Cross-Over Music Making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019. He performs regularly with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and as a guest in different European festivals and ensembles. Upcoming highlights in 2022 include performing with jazz legends Gwilym Simcock and Nils Landgren in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the first performances of new chamber music pieces by composers Django Bates, Ralph Schmidt and Tom Coult, and performing Sandor Veress’s Memento with the violist Lilli Maijala in the Festival Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland.

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.

Johannes Geworkian Hellman hurdy-gurdy
Johannes Geworkian Hellman
Johannes Geworkian Hellman
hurdy-gurdy

The Swedish musician Johannes Geworkian Hellman is one of the most prominent hurdy-gurdy players of his generation. Coming from a background of early western and classical music, he came across this rare instrument as a teenager and fell in love with it. With roots in nordic traditional music and contemporary folk music, he is a pioneer of the hurdy-gurdy, playing it in a way rarely seen. His compositions are a crossover between contemporary folk music, art music and improvisation. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he has toured extensively in Europe and the US with his bands and as a solo artist. With his duo Symbio he was named the Best Newcomer of the Year at the Swedish Folk and World music awards in 2016, and he was chosen to represent Swedish National Radio in the 2019 EBU Folk Radio Festival (Rudolstadt festival).

Kristjan Randalu piano
Kristjan Randalu
Kristjan Randalu
piano

Kristjan Randalu is among the most sought-after piano players of his generation, carrying the torch in both the improvised world of jazz and the traditional realm of classical music. Herbie Hancock, the piano master himself, has called him a ‘dazzling piano player’. Between creating his own original blend of contemporary jazz as a leader, and collaborating with several generations of respected musicians, including fellow ECM recording artist Trygve Seim and saxophonist David Liebman, Randalu has brought his music to some of the world’s most renowned jazz festivals and concert halls. He is also viewed as an esteemed interpreter of a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music, performing alongside internationally acclaimed ensembles of the stature of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, under esteemed conductors like Kristjan Järvi and Dennis Russell Davies. His discography of more than forty albums has won him several awards, including Jazz Artist of the Year and Jazz Composer of the year in Estonia.

Laura Lunansky violin
Laura Lunansky
Laura Lunansky
violin

Laura Lunansky is a Dutch violinist with Argentinian origins. She is first violinist of the London-based Behn Quartet, which is recording an album of quartets by female composers in December 2022. She is also a founding member of de Formule, a piano quartet that focuses on interdisciplinary chamber music, and winner the Grote Kamermuziek Prijs in 2018. This season Laura has been performing as concertmaster in an unconducted, interdisciplinary adaption of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream with musicians from PHION, dancers from Introdans and actors from theatre group Oostpool. She has been a recipient of the Villa Musica kammermusik stipendium since 2021, and she appears regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Dresdner Festspielorchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Asko| Schoenberg ensemble and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides playing the violin she works as a presenter and judge in competitions and concerts.

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.

Iskandar Komilov violin
Iskandar Komilov
Iskandar Komilov
violin

Iskandar Komilov was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. At an early age he entered the Uspensky Central Music School in Tashkent, where he studied with professor Gulnara Suleymanova. Iskandar has a bachelor's degree in violin performance (2005) from the University of North Texas, where he studied with professor Julia Bushkova, and a master’s degree in violin performance (2007) from the DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied under the tutelage of professor Ilya Kaler. From 2005 to 2007 he served as concertmaster for the Civic Symphony Orchestra of Chicago and as a substitute musician in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2010, Iskandar worked as an assistant principal in the Basque National Symphony Orchestra in San Sebastian. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Ex Corde String Quartet and often serves as a concertmaster of the St Matteus Symphony Orchestra. He is an active chamber musician, promoting both classical and modern compositions for wide audiences both at home and abroad. Iskandar currently performs on a commissioned Robert Young violin (2009), using a Jean Grunberger bow (2010).

UN/CONDITIONED VIENNA

Monday 13 June, 19:00
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen

Artists

Janne Thomsen flute
Christoffer Sundqvist clarinet
Luca Bognar violin
Hugo Ticciati violin
Bryony Gibson-Cornish viola
Julian Arp cello
Claude Frochaux cello
Jordi Carrasco-Hjelm double bass
Irina Zahharenkova piano
Kristjan Randalu piano
Marmen Quartet

Programme

Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet in E-flat major Op. 33 No. 2 (‘The Joke’)
Anton Webern Fünf Sätze Op. 5

Interval

Alban Berg 4 Stücke Op. 5*

Interval

Arnold Schoenberg /Arr. Anton Webern Chamber Symphony No. 1 Op. 9
Johann Strauss /Arr. Anton Webern Schatz-Waltzer Op. 418

* Interspersed with jazz piano improvisations


Price 290 kr
Festival Pass 1600 kr

20% discount for Friends

According to Haydn himself, his Op. 33 set of string quartets (published in 1881) were written in a ‘new and special’ way. The essence of their novelty is the fracturing of themes into motifs that can be unpredictably recombined at the behest of Haydn’s playful spirit, and the test case for his new manner is the second work of the set, known as ‘The Joke’, which concludes with … Well, we don’t want to give the game away so no spoilers here! Except to say that Haydn’s quest to un/condition his Austrian audiences’ musical expectations is combined in this programme with works by a cardinal trio of more recent Viennese provocateurs, namely Schoenberg, Webern and Berg, whose Vier Stücke Op. 5 is interspersed with jazz improvisations.


Broadcasting
Sveriges Radio


Julian Arp cello
Julian Arp
Julian Arp
cello

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.

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.

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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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.

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm double bass
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm
double bass

Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam, where he was a BA student with Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He finished his studies with an MA in Cross-Over Music Making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019. He performs regularly with the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and as a guest in different European festivals and ensembles. Upcoming highlights in 2022 include performing with jazz legends Gwilym Simcock and Nils Landgren in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the first performances of new chamber music pieces by composers Django Bates, Ralph Schmidt and Tom Coult, and performing Sandor Veress’s Memento with the violist Lilli Maijala in the Festival Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland.

Bryony Gibson-Cornish viola
Bryony Gibson-Cornish
Bryony Gibson-Cornish
viola

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 Marmén 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.

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.

Kristjan Randalu piano
Kristjan Randalu
Kristjan Randalu
piano

Kristjan Randalu is among the most sought-after piano players of his generation, carrying the torch in both the improvised world of jazz and the traditional realm of classical music. Herbie Hancock, the piano master himself, has called him a ‘dazzling piano player’. Between creating his own original blend of contemporary jazz as a leader, and collaborating with several generations of respected musicians, including fellow ECM recording artist Trygve Seim and saxophonist David Liebman, Randalu has brought his music to some of the world’s most renowned jazz festivals and concert halls. He is also viewed as an esteemed interpreter of a broad spectrum of contemporary and classical music, performing alongside internationally acclaimed ensembles of the stature of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, under esteemed conductors like Kristjan Järvi and Dennis Russell Davies. His discography of more than forty albums has won him several awards, including Jazz Artist of the Year and Jazz Composer of the year in Estonia.

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.

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.

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