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Hugo Ticciati tours Europe with Ivo Pogorelich and Basel Chamber Orchestra

On the 8th August, Hugo Ticciati embarks on a European summer festival tour with the world-renowned Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. Hugo will lead the orchestra in a programme featuring music by Frédéric Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and William Sterndale Bennett, as well as Thomas Adès's recently written piece Shanty – Over the Sea for string orchestra which Hugo will present with the orchestra as conductor. The tour kicks off in the beautiful city of Bodø at the Nordland Music Festival in Norway and will move through Europe taking the artists to Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Chopin and his Europe in Warsaw among others.

Find further information regarding the upcoming concerts this summer with Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Soloists and the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra here.

O/modernt Chamber Orchestra Debuts in Portugal
O/modernt Chamber Orchestra Debuts in Portugal

On July 24th, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra performs at the Festival Internacional de Música de Marvão making its debut in Portugal. The concert at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Estrela features an eclectic programme with O/Modernt signature works by Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten. The festival, directed by the internationally renowned German artists, violinist and conductor Christoph Poppen and soprano Juliane Banse, takes place every July in the charming medieval village of Marvão situated on a hill with magnificent views of the Alentejo region on the border between Portugal and Spain. We re delighted to join an array of wonderful artists in Marvão and also welcome some musicians from Kölner Kammerorchester as guest players.

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Festival O/Modernt − Brahms and New Paths has come to an end
Festival O/Modernt − Brahms and New Paths has come to an end

The 12th edition of the summer Festival O/Modernt has come to an end! We would like to thank everyone who has made this festival such an incredible journey and we already look forward to next year's 13th edition.

For a taste of the festival, you can read Camilla Lundberg's review in Dagens Nyheter.

If you have visited the festival, we would be very grateful if you could give us your feedback.

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 O/Modernt Composition Award 2023 Winner announcement
O/Modernt Composition Award 2023 Winner announcement

Monday May 8th 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the 26-year-old American composer Christopher Enloe has been awarded the first prize in the O/Modernt Composition Award 2023!

His composition, entitled 'Discourse for Piano Trio', was praised by the jury for its highly expressive qualities and cohesive dramatic structure. Among the 47 competitors this year, his skillful use of expressionism and sonority particularly stood out. The piece is set to be premiered mid-June at the Festival O/Modernt, and in 2023/24 at the Festival Internacional de Música de Marvão (Portugal), Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad (Finland) and Fondazione Entroterre (Italy).
Leonardo Marino from Italy has received a special distinction for his piece 'IL RESPIRO DELLE CORDE TESE' and its remarkable orchestration, development and dramaturgy acknowledged by the jury.
Our Congratulations!

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Call for string players
Call for string players

Thursday Nov 11th 2021

We are now seeking outstanding string players to join the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra on a freelance basis. Successful applicant(s) will become an integral part of our ensemble.

1st round:
Please apply on muvac.com with a high-quality video recording (YouTube or Vimeo).
The recording should be an unedited video of 10-15 minutes and include a contrasting variety of excerpts (fast/slow/old/new!). A mixture of solo pieces, works with piano accompaniment and orchestral excerpts are welcomed.
Closing date: 29 December

2nd round:
An online interview with the Artistic Director Hugo Ticciati and one of the principals of O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra.

3rd round:
A trial project/concert with O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra in 2022.

For any inquiries, please contact Elisa Tabò at elisa@omodernt.com

O/Modernt Composition Award 2021 Winner announcement
O/Modernt Composition Award 2021 Winner announcement

Monday May 10th 2021

We are delighted to award British composer Paul Saggers First Prize in the O/Modernt Composition Award 2021!

His composition ‘Vulpes Vulpes’ for String Orchestra and Percussion has been acknowledged by the jury for its impact and personality. A dramatic and effective piece with filmic elements that found a distinct voice among more than 200 applicants.
The piece will be premiered at the Manchester International Festival on the 16 of July.

A Special Distinction from O/Modernt has been awarded to ‘Todo Era Vuelo En Nuestra Tierra’ by Argentinian composer Julieta Szewach, which stands out for its original musical language, orchestration, and emotional impact.

We congratulate both!

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Call for scores - Composition Award 2021
Call for scores - Composition Award 2021

Monday December 14th 2020

O/Modernt is delighted to announce the 3rd edition of its annual Composition Award (2021), staged in collaboration with Manchester International Festival, Manchester Camerata, specialist music school Lilla Akademien and The Danish Youth Ensemble DUEN.

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O/Modernt wins Gramophone Award
O/Modernt wins Gramophone Award

Thursday October 8th 2020

Our album 'From the Ground Up: The Chaconne' released on Signum Classics last year has been chosen as the Gramophone Concept Album Award winner! What an honour!

Behind any creation, there are many wonderful people involved. Beautiful spirits and artists that embraced the challenge and the risk of experiment.
A special thanks to you all – you made this fantastic journey possible!

The Concept Album Award was only introduced last year to acknowledge the special creativity that goes into making a recording which is greater than the sum of its parts, where a series of individual elements combine to make something truly compelling. O/Modernt and Hugo Ticciati's 'From the Ground Up' is a masterly, century-hopping exploration of the ground bass or chaconne done with terrific flair and imagination.
—James Jolly (Editor-in-Chief, Gramophone)

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O/Modernt appoints General Manager
O/Modernt appoints General Manager

Thursday August 6th 2020

We are delighted to welcome Maxim Belčikov as O/Modernt’s General Manager.

At O/Modernt we will be taking our next steps – or indeed leaps – under the watchful guidance of our new general manager, Maxim Belčikov. This year is our tenth anniversary, and we were hoping to celebrate it in style at the summer festival – an artistic feast that will now take place in 2021. Instead, we bring our glasses together to toast the appointment of Maxim, who is delicately poised, ready to reawaken O/Modernt from its gentle sleep.

I am thrilled to be joining the O/Modernt family, and working with Hugo Ticciati and the rest of the team to expand and develop O/Modernt’s unique vision of the arts as a positive force for renewal. I eagerly wait to help bring the joy and fulfilment of live music back to our audiences, and to help shape the diverse artistic activities that are built on the O/Modernt philosophy of personal and artistic connectivity.
—Maxim Belčikov

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