Wednesday 14 June, 19:00
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen
HUGO TICCIATI violin|conductor
SINI SIMONEN violin
DANUSHA WASKIEWICZ viola
JULIAN ARP cello
ALASDAIR BEATSON piano
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
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
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68
Un poco sostenuto – Allegro – Meno allegro
Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Adagio – Più andante – Allegro non troppo, ma con brio – Più allegro
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Robert Schumann considered Brahms a musical prophet of his time, and Clara Schumann joined in with the praise, finding in Brahms’s developing symphonic style ‘wonderful beauties, with a mastery in the treatment of the motifs … everything is so interestingly interwoven, yet as spirited as the first outburst.’ The first concert of Festival O/Modernt 2023 opens with Brahms’s epic breakthrough – his Symphony No. 1 (1876), fourteen years in the making – a work that redefined symphonic form for the coming age and reinstated it as the pinnacle of compositional achievement. Also heard is Brahms’s symphonic work in miniature, the ravishing Piano Quintet in F Minor (1864).
Robert Schumann såg Brahms som en musikalisk profet för sin tid, och Clara Schumann höll med om lovorden och fann i Brahms framväxande symfoniska stil ”underbara skönheter, med en mästerlig behandling av motiven ... allt är så intressant sammanvävt, men ändå lika livligt som det första utbrottet”. Den första konserten under Festival O/Modernt 2023 inleds med Brahms episka genombrott – hans Symfoni nr 1 (1876), som han skrev under fjorton år – ett verk som omdefinierade den symfoniska formen för all framtid och gav den åter dess plats i toppen av den musikaliska kedjan. Dessutom hör vi Brahms miniatyrsymfoni, den hänförande pianokvintetten i f-moll (1864).
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.
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 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.
JORDI CARRASCO HJELM
JAKUB BECERRA PIETRYKA
ANNA FERRIOL DE CIURANA
Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen festivals, two appearances in the Time Unwrapped series at Kings Place, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble among many. Throughout the season he is Chamber Pianist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Alasdair is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. Alongside a particular affinity with the classical repertoire and the music of Schumann and Fauré, he often explores the more exotic: Catoire, Pierné, Thuille; Debussy’s Jeux (in the composer’s arrangement for solo piano); Ligeti Horn Trio, Thomas Adès Piano Quintet; and piano trio arrangements of Debussy’s La Mer, Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata, Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony (with 3 percussionists) and Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. His concerto repertoire includes works of Bach, Bartok, Fauré, Hans Abrahamsen, Hindemith, Mozart, Sally Beamish, Stravinsky, Messiaen, appearing in recent years with Britten Sinfonia, Moscow Virtuosi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
2017 saw the release on BIS of a recording with Alec Frank-Gemmill of 19th century music for horn and piano, recorded on four exquisite historical pianos (and four fantastical historical horns) spanning 1815 - 1895. This release joins an acclaimed discography of three solo and numerous chamber recordings, on BIS, Claves, Champs Hill, Evil Penguin and SOMM labels.
A regular participant at the open chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair took part in their tours of 2007 and 2011, and collected the 2008 RPS Award for Chamber Music on their behalf. He has enjoyed working closely with composers George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Heinz Holliger and Helena Winkelman.
A former student of John Blakely and Menahem Pressler, Alasdair is increasingly drawn to education, teaching annually on the Musicworks summer courses, as a regular mentor at London's Chamber Studio, and maintaining a class of solo pianists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Alasdair is founder and artistic director of the French chamber music festival Musique à Marsac, and from 2019 a co-artistic director of the chamber music festival in Ernen, Switzerland.
Danusha Waskiewicz learned her art from great musicians. She studied with Prof. Tabea Zimmermann and played under Claudio Abbado’s direction in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, in the Berliner Philharmoniker and as First Viola in the Mozart Orchestra in 2004. In 2010, she joined the Luzern Festival Orchestra.
Under Abbados’ direction, she also recorded W.A. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Mozart Orchestra (via Deutsche Grammphon). In 2008, she published her performance of the Brandenburgischen Konzerte via Euro Arts. Her last recording as a soloist is the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by Bela Bartók. Via Harmonia Mundi, she published several performances with violinist Isabelle Faust. Danusha Waskiewicz’ artistic career has been enriched by the numerous talented musicians she has collaborated with. Her latest duo project, Dragonfly, allows her to explore to a completely new world with Irish cellist Naomi Berrill. The sound of their string instruments is accompanied by their voices, redefining the meaning of concentration and of making music together.
Finnish violinist Sini Simonen enjoys an active international career as a chamber musician and soloist. As the leader of Castalian String Quartet, she is an artist in residence at Wigmore Hall and Oxford University and appears at the world's leading concert halls.
Sini has won top prizes in several major international violin competitions including the Flesch, Lipizer and Cremona competitions.
She studied in Sibelius Academy, Musikhochschule Hannover and Musik-Akademie Basel with Rainer Schmidt and Lara Lev among others.
From 2013 to 2017, Sini was a violinist of Esbjerg Ensemble, one of Denmark's oldest chamber groups. The ensemble is comprised of a string quartet, wind quintet and percussion, and it is known for its innovative programmes combining contemporary and classical music. Working with composers continues to be a vital part of her musical life.
Her chamber music partners have included Ferenc Rados, Robert Levin, Midori and Steven Isserlis