O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/Modern’) is the innovative concept devised a decade ago by violinist, conductor and artistic director Hugo Ticciati. Combining old and new in unexpected ways, O/Modernt celebrates connectivity in and through the arts, aiming to bring about a heightened awareness of connections that span times, cultures and peoples. Our international programme of activities is focused on exploring artistic links between contemporary culture and the cultures of previous epochs, bringing together people from all walks of life, and re/connecting people with themselves by promoting active, imaginative engagement with music and the arts. Outward-looking, inclusive and passionate about breaking down boundaries, O/Modernt’s philosophy is encapsulated in our motto, borrowed from John Cage: Invent the past. Revise the future.
Taking the past as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field, the O/Modernt spirit of reinvention finds expression in an expansive array of performances, events and projects.
Invent the past. Revise the future. — John Cage
… forging highly original programmes in which the so-called ‘old’ – for which read timeless – comes up freshest in the company of the new. —The Arts Desk
The keystones of our music-making are two internationally renowned ensembles: the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra flexibly expands to perform large-scale works and thrives in creative collaborations with classical, rock and jazz artists, as well as rappers, harmonic singers, Indian musicians and even rock balancers!
The O/Modernt Soloists focus on world-class chamber music programmes, dazzling audiences with their artistry, bubbling energy, spontaneity and endless creativity.
Staged in June at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre in Stockholm, Festival O/Modernt is the highlight of our season, where we assemble a wonderful array of artists from around the world to take part in concerts and arts events alongside emerging talents. The starting point for the weeklong schedule is a noted composer of the past, who is celebrated through imaginative programming and unusual artistic juxtapositions.
Since its inception O/Modernt has wholeheartedly embraced the world of New Music, collaborating with composers all over the world. As lead Commissioner we have co-commissioned more than forty new works to date, ranging from short pieces for solo harpsichord to fully orchestrated cantatas and symphonic works.
To encourage young aspiring composers at an early stage in their careers, since 2019 O/Modernt hosts an annual Composition Award in partnership with distinguished institutions from Sweden and other European countries.
Aimed at nurturing young musicians, the O/Modernt Academy educational forum provides outstanding musical training and performance opportunities for young people, based on a holistic approach that conceives of artistic creativity as being the heartbeat of a flourishing society. Bringing in experts from diverse fields, we take a person-centred approach that nurtures the artistic personality of each student, with a particular focus on spontaneity and the deep sense of fulfilment that comes with creative expression.
O/Modernt critically acclaimed Recordings are being produced and released in partnership with the UK label Signum Classics, with whom we continue to work on our ongoing themed series with scheduled releases in 2021 and 2022.
An independent award-winning Publishing Programme responsible for the annual festival booklet as well as stand-alone titles, all produced to the very highest standards.
Expanding O/Modernt’s horizons, we have developed successful Outreach Programmes in Sweden and India, as well as Musical-Culinary Retreats in Italy.
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