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North Around the Baltic Sea

O/Modernt Soloists

Hugo Ticciati, Janne Thomsen, Christoffer Sundqvist

... like the birds ...

In celebration of the 100 years of independence in the Baltic States in 2018 O/Modernt partnered with two festivals, RUSK in Finland and Klassiske Dage Holstebro International Music Festival, in a series of commissions, concerts and lectures called 'North around the Baltic Sea'. New works were written by composers such as Erkki-Sven Tüür, Sebastian Fagerlund, Jörgen Dafgård, Raminta Šerkšnytė, Anna-Lena Laurin, Marzi Nyman and Ann-Sofi Söderqvist, and were performed at Musikaliska Stockholm, Holstebro International Music Festival, Great Amber Hall Liepaja, RUSK, Tampere Chamber Music Festival, Pazaislio Festivalis, Kintai Music Festival, Pärnu Festival, Young Euro Classic, Wimbledon International Festival, and Cesis Concert Hall.

In 2017 'North around the Baltic Sea' was selected as one of five creative projects to present at the Nordic Baltic Festival Platform (https://www.nordicbalticfestivals.org/) and was made possible by generous support from Nordic Culture Point, Stockholm Läns Musiken, Clara Lachmanns Stiftelsen and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Boundaries are blurred and improvised sections build bridges between the works and create a feeling of floating freely in the air. Like the birds. Svenska Dagbladet
Hugo Ticciati violin
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati

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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Janne Thomsen flute
Janne Thomsen
Janne Thomsen

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 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.

Christoffer Sundquist clarinet
Christoffer Sundquist
Christoffer Sundquist

Christoffer Sundqvist, who was born in Stockholm, moved to Finland, aged 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. Christofferhas 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.

New Commissions
New Commissions

Jörgen Dafgård Eclipse
Sebastian Fagerlund Fuel II
Harald Haugaard Carl's Fiddle
Bo Holten La Marcia alla Follia
Anna-Lena Laurin Roots
Anders Mogensen Dark Heavy Night Skies
Marzi Nyman Anxiety of the Seventh
Fazil Say The Moving Mansion (arr. for fl, cl, vl, vcl, pf)
Raminta Šerkšnytė Piano Trio
Ann-Sofi Söderqvist City Life
Erkki-Sven Tüür Lichttürme

Low tones on the cusp of audibility were perfectly matched by the strings so that the sound seemed to dematerialise. This was cultured playing at the very highest, transcendent level... — David Nice, The Arts Desk