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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

Hugo Ticciati's blessed to be doing what he loves every day of his life – that is, making music. His old Italian violin takes him around the world to fantastic orchestras in gorgeous concert halls; it brings him together with the most inspiring artists to create music in beautiful festivals; and it sparks new creations from young composers. In his teaching Hugo explores ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of mindfulness to the art of practising, playing and living in music. One of the highlights of the past year was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas where he chanted every morning, meditated and swept the floors by day, and in the evenings sat crossed-legged by a fire, playing Bach to barefooted monks. His musical tastes have swung dramatically during the year from contemplative Indian ragas to the megalomaniac rock band Muse (played at high volumes) to the songs of Richard Strauss (played even louder). Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness. His staple reading is the Bhagavad Gita but he has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher Henri Bergson.

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 - theartsdesk