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.
The Swedish string ensemble led by Hugo Ticciati fascinates from the first measure: such tender homogeneity in its playing, such a wealth of colour beneath! –Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin
As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres, improvising with monks, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt, which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion for discovering the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. With his growing reputation for innovative programming, he is frequently asked to devise and present concerts and festivals with a unique twist, while his love of chamber music has led him to develop special artistic partnerships with members of the O/Modernt Soloists as well as other internationally renowned artists. Hugo collaborates regularly with top-level chamber orchestras, including the Manchester Camerata (where he is an Artistic Partner), Kremerata Baltica and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, he has been invited to work with both the Swedish and Australian Chamber orchestras. Hugo gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both in Scandinavia and internationally.
Johannes Marmén enjoys a varied, international career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader. He is the first violinist of the award winning Marmen Quartet, member of the O/Modernt chamber orchestra and a regular guest leader of various orchestras and ensembles. He studied with Radu Blidar and Carolin Widmann at the Royal College of Music, and was mentored by Peter Cropper of the Lindsay Quartet. Since winning the Banff and Bordeaux international string quartet competitions in 2019, the Marmen Quartet is one of the most sought-after young quartets around, appearing at Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne Festival, Amsterdam Quartet Biennale amongst others, as well as touring Japan, New Zealand and North America. As a composer and interpreter of contemporary music, Johannes is regularly commissioned and has recently had works and arrangements performed in the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Berlin Konzerthaus as well as being featured on releases by Signum Records and Orchid Classics.
Annette Walther studied in Düsseldorf, Essen and London with Ida Bieler, David Takeno and Vesselin Parschkevov. At the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London she also took chamber music classes with Sir Colin Davis and the Takacs Quartet. Further masterclasses with Michelle Auclair, Yuri Bashmet, Thomas Brandis, Jürgen Kussmaul and Charles-Andre Linale have been of lasting importance to her musical development.
Annette has been a stipendiary of the Villa Musica and the Hartmut Schuler Foundations, and in 2004 she was awarded the Artland Musikpreis.
In addition to being a founding member of the Signum Quartet, Annette regularly performs with artists such as Carolin Widmann, Nils Mönkemeyer, William Youn, David Cohen, Liza Ferschtman and Priya Mitchell at festivals including the Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg –Vorpommern, Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker and Kammermusikfest Sylt.
She is a regular guest in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and ensemble musikfabrik, concertmaster of the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Belgian Chamber Orchestra and the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra. She is a member of the Geneva Camerata and Ensemble Ruhr.
At the beginning of 2016, Annette has been appointed as violin lecturer at the Louis Spohr Music Academy in Kassel.
Hannah was very fortunate to be born into a house full of music. At that time, her mother was a violinist in the LPO, and her father an opera singer. Her passion for playing music with others was ignited by violin duets with her mother, and later on by becoming a member of a chamber orchestra ‘National Isis String Academy’, and the Kent County Youth Orchestra where she met Ben and Robin. She started violin lessons with Howard Davis at the age of 14. He was a very inspirational teacher, and encouraged her to be less inhibited and to really communicate with her playing.
She then studied with Ani Schnarch at the Royal College of Music, and it was there that she joined the quartet in her 2nd year.
Outside quartet, other musical pursuits include; John Wilson Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. Hannah had a violin study guide published by Sanctuary in 1995. Recently she travelled to Mumbai on behalf of the charity ‘Songbound’, and helped choir leaders prepare their children’s choirs for Christmas concerts. She hopes to return someday with the quartet. Hannah loves going to Prussia Cove, Cornwall and taking part in the International Musicians Seminar and playing chamber music with musicians from around the world.
She adores living in South East London in a big house full of lovely friends.
Siljamari Heikinheimo is known as a violinist and recently also as an opera director.
As a violinist she appears regularly as a chamber musician and as a soloist. She has been a member of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra during years 2012-2016 and nowadays subtitutes frequently as a concertmaster and a section leader in Scandinavian orchestras like Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Danish Chamber Orchestra. She appears regularly at several festivals like Kuhmo chamber music festival and Crusell Festival. She has recorded numerous Finnish compositions for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Heikinheimo is the artistic director of Sounds Of Books -concertserie, which takes place in Helsinki and the new artistic director of Rauma Festivo. She works as a lecturer in the Arts Academy of Turku.
In the field of opera directing Heikinheimo has worked in Stefan Herheims directing team in Deutsche Oper im Rhein in Düsseldorf and in Komische Oper Berlin. She has also worked as an assistant director in the Finnish National Opera. Her own productions include staged classical concerts and opera Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartók at Rauma Festivo 2019.
Heikinheimo has studied at Edsbergs musikinstitut in Stockholm with Ulf Wallin and at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Petri Aarnio.
Clara Bjerhag was born in Stockholm where she grew up surrounded by baroque music, the music that ever since has stayed closest to her heart. After ten great years at the Lilla Akademien school of music, she moved to Malmö where she completed her master studies in 2019 and reached her greatest milestone yet, as she performed Prokofiev's first violin concerto as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Malmö. Clara has been freelancing since then, working regularly in several Swedish Symphony and Chamber orchestras. She loves chamber music and takes part in different ensembles, including her own string quartet, in all kinds of genres. The past year she has spent most of her time with the Norrlandsoperan Symphony Orchestra in Umeå, feeling very lucky for the opportunity to work and play music during these strange times.
Swedish violinist Sofie Sunnerstam has been a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since early 2019. She has also worked in orchestras and ensembles in Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands. As part of her active career as a chamber musician she also runs the chamber music series Wasahof Underground Chamber Music in Stockholm. She has performed in chamber music festivals and concert tours in Europe, New Zeeland and South America. The Album Fjärran, recorded with the Dalacarlia Clarinet Quintet, was awarded the distinction of Best Classical Album at the New Zeeland Music Awards 2016. Sofie has performed as a soloist with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and several Swedish amateur orchestras.
Sofie studied with Henrik Kowalski at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2012 she won the soloist competition at the Royal College in Stockholm and performed Beethoven violin concerto in Berwaldhallen, the main hall of the Swedish Radio. She finished her Artist Diploma in 2014 after studying with Per Enoksson at the Edsberg Castle.
Sofie plays on a violin by the Finnish violin maker Ero Haahti.
Liana Svensson, violinist, has been performing with O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra since it’s launch in 2014. She grew up in Florida where she played her debut concert with the Hollywood Philharmonic, and since 2005 has been based in Stockholm.
Liana studied at Lilla Akademien’s Musikgymnasium during which time she performed regularly on international stages with Hugo Ticciati and many others who would become founding members of O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra. In 2009 she won a gold medal in Berlinske Tidendes Musikkonkurrence, and later would receive the top prize from the Erik Grudd Foundation. She continued her studies with Marco Rizzi at Mannheim Musikhochschule, and Per Enoksson at Edsberg Manor’s chamber music academy in Stockholm.
Since 2018, Liana has been performing as a full-time member of Västerås Sinfonietta, and has returned to Lilla Akademien as violin teacher and ensemble leader, committed to preserving and elevating a tradition of open-minded and zealous musicianship.
Tim Brackman (1993) started playing the violin at the age of five. He obtained his Master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Vera Beths.
Tim is currently studying with Pavel Vernikov and Svetlana Makarova in the postgraduate course of Accademia Musicale Santa Cecilia in Bergamo, Italy. Since September 2019 he is with his string quartet (Animato Quartet) in residence at the Dutch National String Quartet Academy (NSKA).
In 2018, he won 3rd prize at the Dutch Violin Competition Oskar Back, as well as NTR-Prize Best Performance of ‘Aeriko’, by Calliope Tsoupaki.
Since 2009, Tim has been violinist of the Brackman Trio. From 2014 to 2017, the Brackman Trio organized a chamber music festival in Amsterdam. Tim has been the artistic director of the Podium Eibergen foundation since 2018.
With the Animato Quartet he won Award for ‘Artistic Excellence’ in Sala São Paulo Brazil (2014) and received ‘Kersjes Fonds’ String Quartet Stipend (2017). In 2021 the Animato Quartet won 3rd prize and special prize during the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.
Tim is frequently asked as a chamber musician to play in various ensembles and at festivals. As a soloist, Tim played with various orchestras. In 2018, he played the Schumann Concerto with the Residentie Orkest The Hague conducted by Otto Tausk.
Tim plays a G.B. Gabrielli violin (Florence, 1764), loaned to him by the Dutch National Musical Instruments Foundation. Tim’s bow was made by James Tubbs (England 1895-1900). The purchase of his bow was made possible by the Dutch Foundation ‘Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument’.
Laura Lunansky (1995, Utrecht) is a Dutch violinist with Argentinian origins. She's first violinist of the London-based Behn Quartet and is founding member of ‘de Formule’, a Dutch ensemble that focuses on interdisciplinary chamber music performances, winner of the Grote Kamermuziek Prijs 2018 and ensemble in residence of Festival Classique.
Laura is a recipient of the Villa Musica stipendium since 2021 and appears regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Dresdner Festspielorchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Asko| Schoenberg ensemble and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.
She's active as a contemporary, classical as well as baroque violinist.
She has performed for the Dutch Embassy as a soloist and with her ensemble in Kroatia, Mexico, Canada, Slovenia, Iceland and Italy.
Besides playing the violin she works as a presenter and judge in competitions and hosts a radioshow about the ins and outs of classical music on Echobox radio.
New Zealand born violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish has established herself in London as a dynamic and committed chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Various accolades include being awarded the Tagore Gold Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music and studying at The Juilliard School as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a member of the Marmen Quartet, winners of the Banff and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions. Bryony also loves spending time with the London Mozart Players, where she is No. 2 Viola. As a teacher, she assists her former professor Andriy Viytovych at the Royal College of Music. Recent visits to New Zealand have included performing and teaching at the International Akaroa Music Festival and recording New Zealand composer Philip Norman’s When Gravity Fails with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Bryony plays a 1932 Vincenzo Sannino Viola, made in Rome, and is grateful to the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments for their assistance.
Australian-born violist, Francis Kefford, enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician, teacher, festival director and orchestral musician.
After studying in Toronto with Steven Dann, his most affecting musical influence, Francis remained in Canada as Acting Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company. In the UK, Francis is a frequent performer with the LSO and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, and he has led the viola sections of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, Ireland, and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Francis has been a member of O/Modernt since 2018.
Francis is Co-Director of the Saronic Chamber Music Festival, an annual chamber music festival in Greece, where he fostered a culture dedicated to deep exploration of the repertory in ensembles based in both profound friendship and dedicated artistry. Here, and at many other chamber music festivals across Europe, Francis has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of his generation. He studied chamber music with Levon Chilingirian OBE, and David Takeno in London, and with Mikhail Kopelman in Spain. He has performed chamber music in many of Europe's most prestigious venues, including at the Musikverein in Vienna, and at the Wigmore Hall in London.
Francis has recently begun teaching and is developing a studio at Zodiac Music Academy, France.
Jenny Augustinsson is a viola player from Linköping, Sweden. She started to play the violin as a five-year-old, switching to the viola while studying for her BA at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. After finishing her studies in Oslo, she later received her Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Stockholm, Edsbergs Manor. She is now working in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Before that she played with Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, and Musica Vitae, a chamber orchestra in Växjö. Jenny is also a very engaged chamber musician, and has been active in numerous ensembles, including trios, quartets and chamber orchestras. She plays a viola made in 2012 by Michael Stürzenhofecker.
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.
The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt, Essen and Madrid. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues like Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He is also broadcast repeatedly on the radio, notably with BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded the Monte Piano Trio, which has won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt and Folkwang Prize), and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the German island of Sylt, and the music-project MUSICA+ in Frankfurt.
New Zealand-born Edward King began to play the cello at age three, taking his lessons on a 1/16th-sized instrument, and sitting on a tiny stool built by his grandfather. In the following years (after graduating through a series of progressively bigger cellos), he enjoyed studies with James Tennant, Julius Berger, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, a trio of encouraging and open-minded mentors. This led to prizes at the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition, the International Cello Competition in Markneukirchen and the Australian Cello Awards.
Edward enjoys a multi-faceted career, collaborating with a diverse array of ensembles around Europe and further afield. He is especially interested in projects that unearth new perspectives on long-standing musical traditions, and enjoys dabbling in a wide range of music: early, contemporary, world, chamber, electronic, improvised, rearranged, and recomposed.
Since 2019 Edward has worked as a lecturer of cello at the Leopold Mozart Center of the University of Augsburg, where he enjoys the challenges and inspiration provided by his students. Edward plays on a modern German instrument, made by Robert König in 2017.
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. Born in Stockholm, he has been part of the O/Modernt concept from the outset. He lives in Amsterdam, where he was an undergraduate in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and where he also completed his master’s degree in cross-over music-making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019. Jordi has performed as a chamber musician and improviser in festivals all over Europe and as a guest player with a diverse set of ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Matthew Barley Ensemble (UK), the location-based improvisation concept Buro Nieuw Perspectief (NL) and the string orchestra Arte Frizzante (CH). In 2021 he looks forward to premiering his new composition for solo double bass at the Wonderfeel Festival in Helsinki, improvising with Gareth Lubbe at the Sylt Chamber Music Festival and to spending some summer weeks in the Swiss Alps at the festival Musikdorf Ernen.
Hildegard von Bingen Vos flores rosarum (arr. Johannes Marmén)
María Grever Alma mia
Arturs Maskats ‘Summer Dreams’ for violin, mezzosoprano and string orchestra
Peteris Vasks 'In Evening light' for solo violin and strings
Eladia Blázquez Sin Piel
Tarquinio Merula Ninna Nanna
Astor Piazzolla ‘Estaciones Portenas’ (arr. Leonid Desyatnikov): Verano Porteño, Invierno Porteño
Chabuca Granda María Landó
Marcelo Nisinman ‘Gaia’s Tango’ for violoncello, bandoneon and strings
Nani Nani (Sephardic Lullaby)
Antonio Tarragó Ros Maria Va
Astor Piazzolla Selections from ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’: Yo soy María, Tres marionetas, Poema Valseado
Krishna Nagaraja Swedish Marian Lullaby
500 Years: Death of Josquin des Prez
50 Years: Death of Igor Stravinsky
30 Years: Death of Miles Davis
The programme consists of selections and arrangements of the following:
Josquin des Prez
Ave Maria ... virgo serena
La plus des plus
Une mousque de Biscays
Concerto in D (‘Basle’)
Three Pieces for String Quartet
L’histoire du soldat
Le sacre du printemps
L’Oiseaux de feu
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down
ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER mezzosoprano
MARZI NYMAN electric guitar
KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT / ALASDAIR BEATSON / CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN piano
HUGO TICCIATI violin/leader
PRIYA MITCHELL violin
DANUSHA WASKIEWICZ viola
GARETH LUBBE viola
JULIAN ARP cello
CLAUDE FROCHAUX cello
SAM WILSON percussion
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor Op. 27, No. 2
Arvo Pärt Es sang vor langen Jahren
Franz Schubert Der Wanderer an den Mond
Nicholas Britell Little’s Theme from ‘Moonlight’ (Original Soundtrack)
Claude Debussy ‘Claire de lune’ from Suite bergamesque
Gabriel Fauré ‘La lune blanche’ from La bonne chanson Op 61
Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (‘Transfigured Night’)
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Henry Mancini Moon River
Nicholas Britell Chef’s Special from ‘Moonlight’
Elvis Presley Blue Moon - Take 9/M
Sting Sister Moon
Reijo Taipale Tähdet Meren Yllä (‘Finnish Tango’)
David Bowie Moonlight on Mars
Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas Z 626
John Williams Selections from Harry Potter film music (arr. Michael Story)
Henry Purcell Fantasia upon One Note Z 745
Erkki-Sven Tüür Action – Passion
György Ligeti Passacaglia ungherese
Sting Shape of My Heart
Muse ‘Redemption’ from Symphony Exogenesis
Georg Friedrich Handel Messiah, interspersed with contemporary improvised lyrics
Highlighting contemporary themes in Handel’s reinvented English oratorio, O/Modernt’s Messiah takes us back to the future. Rap artist Baba Israel and his crew improvise lyrics in response to Handel’s words and music, entering into an emotional and spiritual dialogue with the sacred texts that stresses their contemporary relevance. Haunting poetic beauty and brilliant vocal pyrotechnics combine as Baba Israel reflects on Messiah with an urgency and power that invites us to look again at the world we live in and contemplate our role and place in it.
Joseph Haydn The Creation, interspersed with traditional Indian music
From the dark shores of nothingness the primordial vibrational AUM sounded and the universe emanated. This concert begins with an Indian mantra, leading into the first day of Haydn’s Creation. Interludes of Indian music punctuate the performance of Haydn’s great work, narrating in sound the Hindu story of the origins of the world. As the performance progresses, elements of Haydn’s Creation are subtly affected by the Indian strains while the Indian musicians draw inspiration from Haydn’s score.
Orpheus Goes Postmodern
A one act opera/ballet inspired by the myth of Orpheus for saxophone quartet, string ensemble, piano, mezzosoprano and dancer. The music interweaves innovative arrangements of Monteverdi’s and Gluck’s operas with Suite for Orphée and Mishimi by Glass.
Monteverdi to Tango
A suite weaving Monteverdi’s masses and madrigals together with Piazzolla’s tangos. A unique opportunity to enjoy how the sensual in Monteverdi resonates with the overt physicality of tango; to feel how the visceral dissonances and lilting rhythms of the grand master engage seamlessly with the sonorous world of South America.
John Adams Shaker Loops
Erkki-Sven Tüür Violin Concerto N. 2 'Angel's Share'
Pérotin Viderunt Omnes
Philip Glass Symphony No. 3
Arvo Pärt Silouan’s Song
Peteris Vasks Distant Light
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 (‘Pastoral’)
John Tavener Mother of God (arr. for strings)
Philip Glass Company for String Orchestra
Max Richter On the Nature of Daylight
Terry Riley Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight
Peteris Vasks Lonely Angel
John Tavener Mother of God (vocal) with improvising
Brett Dean Testament – Heiligenstadt (arr. for strings)
Hildegard von Bingen Vos flores (arr. Johannes Marmén)
Ludwig van Beethoven ‘Molto Adagio’ from String Quartet in A Minor Op. 132 (‘Heiliger Dankegesang’)
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in E major BWV 1042
Lera Auerbach Sogno di Stabat Mater
Arturs Maskats Concerto Grosso No. 1
Benjamin Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Antonio Vivaldi / Astor Piazzolla / Philip Glass
O/Modernt celebrates connections between old and new. ‘Seasons’ provides a unique combination of Vivaldi’s original with Piazzolla’s and Glass’s American offspring, all interwoven with improvised interludes and live DJ.
Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins BWV 1043
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa
Alban Berg Piano Sonata Op. 1 (arr. for string orchestra)
Richard Strauss Metamorphosen
Ticciati so clearly led his fellow strings to draw even more from them with an infinite variety of dynamics –The Arts Desk
The Stockholm-based chamber orchestra O/Modernt leads the way. Britten’s Variations on a theme by his composition teacher Frank Bridge burn with such an intense flame that the audience is tempted to applaud between movements.
And above all Ticciati showed his directing, for which read conducting, instinct as leader with the most perfect openings and endings of movements, the mark of real greatness in music-making.
The audience stood up with an enthusiastic roar – and sure enough, it was one of the most rejuvenating concerts I’ve been to recently.
Ticciati is a soloist ready for anything, whose joy in differentiated playing inspires his string-playing colleagues, turning Vasks’ will-o’-the-wisp music into profound insight.