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O/Modernt New Generation Winter Festival
'Magical Worlds'

In collaboration with Musikskolan Lilla Akademien

Financial support by the City of Stockholm

'Magical Worlds'
15-19 February 2023

O/Modernt and Lilla Akademien celebrate the magic of the winter months with the inauguration of a brand-new festival at the Queen Silvia Concert Hall. Young and old meet on stage to perform music from across the centuries, including medieval love songs, timeless classics by Purcell, Schubert and Mendelssohn, and the film music of Harry Potter.

Join us for some seasonal musical delights in the atmospheric setting of the Queen Silvia Concert Hall.

O/Modernt exudes creativity from every pore Dagens Nyheter
Anne Sjölund
Anne Sjölund
Anne Sjölund

Text curator for 'THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS'

Emilia Utter Mangsbo soprano
Emilia Utter Mangsbo
Emilia Utter Mangsbo
soprano

Swedish soprano Emilia Utter Mangsbo made her debut at the Swedish Royal Opera in 2016 at the age of 20, in the opera Pelléas et Mélisande, directed by Keith Warner.
Following her debut at the Royal Opera Emilia performed the lead in "Lucile" by Grétry with Drottningholm's Baroque ensemble.
Emilia composes her own songs and arrangements, builds programmes with different genres and themes, and just before Covid-19 hit she made her London solo concert debut at The V&A.
Most recently she received the generous support of The Toeman Weinberger Opera Scholarship and was a scholar at Confidencen Opera & Music Academy in both 2020 and 2021, deepening her knowledge in baroque music.
In the summer of 2022 she graduated from the Royal College of Music in London with a first class degree Master of Performance and in the autumn she made her debut at Berlin Konzerthaus with O/Modernt Orchestra.
In the spring of 2023 she will make her solo debut at Folkoperan in "Judith" by Malin Bång.

​Emma Bonnici choreographer
​Emma Bonnici
​Emma Bonnici
choreographer

Emma Bonnici is a performer, singer and teacher whose practice is informed by 8 years of work as a performer with the award winning, Polish physical and vocal theatre companies - Song of the Goat Theatre and Teatr Zar. Vocal research has taken her from studying at the Met Opera House in New York, to expeditions to meet authentic traditional-music singers across eastern Europe and the Western Isles of Scotland.
In 2012 Emma founded Singing as Life Practice a company that facilitates people in finding the connections between voice, body and self expression in different settings. This is supported by her qualification as a craniosacral therapist and she was invited to give a TedX talk on her work- The Power of the Voice.
Emma is a permanent lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, continues to perform and teaches and speaks internationally.

Florian Benfer conductor
Florian Benfer
Florian Benfer
conductor

Florian Benfer has established himself as one of the most versatile young choir conductors and singers of his generation. He is the musical director and conductor of the Gustaf Sjökvists Chamber Choir and the ARTON Vocal Ensemble. Founded in 2008, ARTON invites young professional musicians from all over Europe to perform repertoire focusing mainly on 20th and 21st century vocal repertoire.
As a guest conductor, he regularly collaborates with Eric Ericson's Chamber Choir. With this ensemble he has conducted numerous concerts on tour in Sweden and abroad.
Florian has also worked with some of Europe’s finest vocal ensembles including the Swedish Radio Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks München, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin and many others.
He has rehearsed choirs for conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Harding, Christopher Hogwood, Louis Langrée, Marek Janowski, Lorin Maazel, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Masaaki Suzuki.
In addition to his work as a conductor Florian is a sought-after teacher and lecturer for courses and Masterclasses. He has been an associate professor at the Örebro Music Conservatory since 2020 and a guest lecturer in choral conducting and ensemble singing at the Central Music Conservatory in Beijing since 2017.
In 2008, Florian was awarded the Gustaf Sjökvist Scholarship for young choral conductors and in 2010 the scholarship of the Royal Swedish Music Academy Stockholm. In 2012 he received the Eric Ericsons resestipendium. In 2016, Florian Benfer was awarded the prestigious „Norrby medal“, honoring his „outstanding musical accomplishments and his engagement in Swedish choir music“.

Gareth Lubbe viola / overtone singer
Gareth Lubbe
Gareth Lubbe
viola / overtone singer

Gareth Lubbe is professor of viola at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. For several years, he was principal violist in the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly, while teaching at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Conservatory. Gareth appears as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, America, Africa and Asia. As an overtone singer he performs and gives interactive lectures around the world, interpreting the phenomenon of multiphonic singing to demonstrate the possibilities of sound production on one’s own inner instrument. Born in Johannesburg, Gareth received his first musical education on piano and violin at the age of four, and made youthful debuts as soloist and conductor. In 1994 he performed at the presidential inauguration of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. After finishing school, he went to study in Germany but continues to nurture his love for the mother continent, performing and teaching there on a regular basis.

Herman Pellbäck piano
Herman Pellbäck
Herman Pellbäck
piano
Hugo Ticciati violin / conductor
Hugo Ticciati
Hugo Ticciati
violin / conductor

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, Kremerata Baltica, Lithuanian and Scottish Chamber orchestras. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Kammerakademie Potsdam, Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Stuttgart, Swedish, Australian and Ostrobothnian Chamber orchestras. Hugo gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both in Scandinavia and internationally.

Johannes Geworkian Hellman hurdy gurdy
Johannes Geworkian Hellman
Johannes Geworkian Hellman
hurdy gurdy
Julian Arp cello
Julian Arp
Julian Arp
cello

Julian Arp studied at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow, David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz. As a soloist and chamber musician Julian Arp enjoys a worldwide concert activity and plays in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw or Berlin Philharmonic Hall and appears regularly at prestigious international festivals. Chamber music could be considered to be Julian Arps greatest musical dedication. Alongside his longstanding duo partner, the pianist Caspar Frantz with whom he has won numerous national and international prestigious awards, he plays with some of the finest musicians of today. Julian Arp collaborates in a wide and varied repertoire and engages keenly in performing contemporary music. Composers such as Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Sven-Ingo Koch, Sarah Nemtsov and Violeta Dinescu have written pieces for him. In addition to his concert activity Julian Arp highly commits to teaching and regularly gives master classes in Germany and abroad. Since October 2013 he has been teaching as professor at the University for Arts in Graz, Austria

Karl Nyhlin theorbo, guitar
Karl Nyhlin
Karl Nyhlin
theorbo, guitar
Leo Florin accordion
Leo Florin
Leo Florin
accordion

Since he started playing the accordion at the age of seven, Leo Florin has had great success with a series of first prizes and awards in prestigious international competitions in the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Ukraine, China, Italy and other countries. In 2021 he won in his age group the Premio Internazionale della Fisarmonica competition in Italy. It´s considered one of the world's most prestigious accordion competitions. Among hundreds of concerts in Sweden and abroad Leo has played for King Carl XVI Gustaf in connection with his majesty's 70th anniversary, participated at The World ́s Children ́s Prize Ceremony with H.M. Queen Silvia's presence, the Baltic Sea Festival, concerts at the Villa San Michele on Capri in Italy and many appearances on the main concert stages, such as Berwaldhallen, Konserthuset, Musikaliska, Confidencen, Queen Silvia's Concert Hall, Konzerthaus in Berlin and Auditorium Giovanni Arvedi in Cremona, Italy. As a freelance artist, Leo has played with artists such as court singer Ingrid Tobiasson, world drummer Per Lindvall, pianist Thomas Darelid and violinist Hugo Ticciati. He has released a CD and made several recordings for TV and radio. In 2016, Leo was awarded "Accordist of the Year" by the National Accordionist Association of Sweden and is today a member of the association's board. Leo has also given concerts in Sweden, Italy, Ireland and Germany together with the O/Modern Chamber Orchestra and participated in Luciamorgon on SVT together with Stockholms Musikgymnasium's chamber choir. Leo is currently studying for professor Friedrich Lips at the Gnesin Russian College of Music after graduating in June 2022 from the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied for professor Max Bonnay, and from Lilla Akademien, where he studied for Valeri Kolyganov.

Lilla Akademien Chamber Orchestra
Lilla Akademien Chamber Orchestra
Lilla Akademien Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra of Lilla Akademien in Stockholm was founded in 2002. Since its establishment, the orchestra has given numerous concerts in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Italy, consolidating a broad repertoire ranging from the baroque of Bach and Handel to the modern-day music of Arvo Pärt and John Adams. The orchestra is made up of young musicians between the ages of 14 and 19, students of Lilla Akademien. The academy’s curriculum offers young people the opportunity to receive excellent musical training integrated within a regular school curriculum. Each young musician is trained in both the orchestral and solo repertoire and regularly attends chamber music courses. The orchestra’s activities involve intensive rehearsal work in sections with the teachers and the coordination of the Academy’s music director, violinist Nina Balabina. The orchestra is conducted by Maestro Mark Tatlow.

Lilla Akademien Soloists
Lilla Akademien Soloists
Lilla Akademien Soloists

ADAM JONSTRÖMER piano
ARTHUR REZNIKOV marimba
CHRISTY DU PREEZ marimba
HUGO SVENSSON viola
JONATHAN FRIEDLAND guitar
MAYA BROMAN CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS violin
OSKAR MALMQVIST speaker
SEBASTIAN MALMQUIST marimba
SELMA SKÖLD cello
TARA PYNE solo dance

Lucas Pellbäck tenor
Lucas Pellbäck
Lucas Pellbäck
tenor
Luciana Mancini mezzo-soprano
Luciana Mancini
Luciana Mancini
mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her BA in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s. Luciana has sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with many stage directors, notably Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.

Marcus Wiander percussion
Marcus Wiander
Marcus Wiander
percussion
Margareta Nilsson harp
Margareta Nilsson
Margareta Nilsson
harp
Maria Rostotsky piano / celeste
Maria Rostotsky
Maria Rostotsky
piano / celeste
Mark Tatlow cembalo
Mark Tatlow
Mark Tatlow
cembalo

The English-born conductor, pianist and harpsichordist Mark Tatlow was appointed Artistic Director of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2006. Mark was educated at Rugby School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Goldsmiths College, London, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Initially appointed to the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival and Kent Opera, Mark first came to Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1985. Over the past thirty years he has conducted many neglected baroque masterpieces as well as the standard operatic repertoire. His engagement with the education of young musicians has spanned his entire career, from pioneering the Education Project of Kent Opera in the 1980s to the University College of Opera, Stockholm, where in 2002 he was elected Professor of Musical Studies, becoming Dean in 2009. He was awarded the honorary medal of the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1996, and the Wallenstam Prize in 2008.

Mårten Falk guitar
Mårten Falk
Mårten Falk
guitar

Mårten Falk has toured extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America, Russia and Japan.
He has released around fifteen albums that has received rave reviews around the world. He has been especially active in enlargening the repertoire for the guitar by bringing to light forgetted treasures from the past and comissioning new music from the composers of our time. He has given almost 150 world premieres by composers from four continents.
Mårten Falk is a specialist in antique guitars and related instruments and the performance practice of several epoques.
During the later years, he has reduced his international activity and completely stopped flying because of his concern for the climate crisis and he is active as a climate activist.

Marzi Nyman electric guitar / composer
Marzi Nyman
Marzi Nyman
electric guitar / composer

Marzi Nyman was born in 1979 in Lohja in rural Finland. Luckily, his parents made him take piano lessons from the age of six, and he studied classical piano for ten years. As a teenager he realised that the guitar is the king of all instruments and started learning it with fierce passion. In 1998 he began his studies in the jazz department at the Sibelius Academy and is still studying, mainly composition. Fascinated by many types of performing and music making, he has composed for orchestras, chamber groups, theatre and film, and written songs that he performs himself. He has played with a colourful array of people and collectives. Collaborators include Lenny Pickett, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones), Anu Komsi, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Igudesman and Joo (The League of Xtrordinary Musicians) and Pekka Kuusisto. He was selected as Pori Jazz Artist (2003) and won the 2006 Teosto Award. Marzi is driven by curiosity and the urge to connect with people, and that’s why he is delighted to be a part of O/Modernt.

​Nora Thiele percussion
​Nora Thiele
​Nora Thiele
percussion

Nora Thiele is highly regarded as one of the leading and most innovative exponents of frame drums and historical percussion. She is renowned for her irresistible sound, thrilling performance and empathetic teaching. Nora is a musician who moves fluidly between early music, world music, jazz and improvisation, performing a repertoire that encompasses traditional, experimental and classical music in equal measure. Her musical work is concerned above all with sounding out the intersections, boundaries and connections among genres, epochs and cultures. Resident in Berlin, Nora has given concerts in Europe, the Middle East and China, both as a soloist and with her collaborative projects: Duo Alkhayyat/Thiele (performing Iraqi Maqam), The Playfords (early music folk), Ensemble Nu:N (music of the Middle Ages and world jazz), Duo Zenker/Thiele (world jazz), Duo Sasoon/Thiele (female minimal jazz beat) and Simkhat Hanefesh (early Yiddish songs).

O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra

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 opening of the Flanders Festival Ghent, concerts in Kölner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie (Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival), Berwaldhallen (Baltic Sea Festival), as well as returns to Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London.
The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.

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Winter Festival 2023

Violin
Hugo Ticciati
Victoria Sayles
Caroline Pether
Sofie Sunnerstam
Hannah Dawson
Liana Svensson

Viola
Gareth Lubbe
Daniel Eklund

Cello
Julian Arp
Claude Frochaux

Bass
Iurii Gavryliuk

Olle Persson baritone
Olle Persson
Olle Persson
baritone

Hans Olle Persson, born 19 April 1958 in Norrköping, is a Swedish opera and concert singer (baritone). He grew up in Norrköping and has collaborated on a number of occasions with ensembles at Linköping University. Hans studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm; apart from a diploma in solo singing he also has a teaching and vocational education degree from the university. He is a prominent interpreter of German romantic song repertoire and has performed in many operas at Folkoperan. In addition to traditional operas and baritone parts in oratorios and passions, Hans has performed larger roles in newly composed works, including Nils Lindberg’s Requiem (1993). He is also a frequent guest on radio and tv, and has made many recordings. He is a committed musical educator who regularly offers master classes around the Nordic region. Hans also plays violin and sometimes performs folk music with his wife, Lena Willemark, whom he married in 1984.

Priya Mitchell violin
Priya Mitchell
Priya Mitchell
violin

Priya Mitchell grew up in Oxford and studied with David Takeno at the Yehudi Menuhin School and with Zachar Bron in Germany. She was then chosen as the British representative of the European Concert Halls Organisation ‘Rising Stars’ Series. This success led to highly acclaimed tours and performances with, amongst others, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. She has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Richard Hickcox, Emmanuel Krivine, Heinrich Schiff and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Abroad, Priya has worked with orchestras including the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester. As a recitalist and chamber musician she has performed extensively at international music festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Kuhmo, Lockenhaus, Risør, Heimbach, Ravinia, Lugano, Cheltenham, Bath, Stavanger and Trondheim. Priya’s highly acclaimed Oxford Chamber Music Festival inspired The Daily Telegraph to call it ‘a musical miracle.’

​Siglo de Oro vocal ensemble
​Siglo de Oro
​Siglo de Oro
vocal ensemble

Siglo de Oro is one of the leading vocal ensembles of its generation, praised for its golden tone, fresh interpretations, and innovative programming. The group made its professional debut in 2014 at the Spitalfields Festival, of which the Financial Times said: 'Siglo de Oro, under the assured direction of Patrick Allies, performed with vivacity and poise'. Since then, the group has given concerts across the UK, appeared live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune, and taken up invitations to sing at festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland and Malta.

The ensemble is best known for its work in early music, with a repertoire stretching from Hildegard of Bingen to Dieterich Buxtehude. In particular, Siglo de Oro specialises in bringing to life repertoire that has been neglected for centuries. This has led to projects based around music by composers such as Matthias Werrecore, Sulpitia Cesis, and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, bringing their long-forgotten music to new audiences in concerts, videos and recordings.

Siglo de Oro is also dedicated to performing contemporary music. Past projects have included the premiere of Emily Hall's hotel-based opera, Found and Lost, a performance of Stockhausen's Stimmung at Birmingham University, and a collaboration with the charity Multitude of Voyces, whose mission is to promote the work of underrepresented composers. So far, the group has recorded eight works from Multitude of Voyces' volumes of sacred music by women, including new works by Emily Hazrati, Yshani Perinpanayagam and Alison Willis.

Siglo de Oro has made four critically acclaimed recordings with Delphian Records, ranging from music written for Milan Cathedral in around 1500, to new commissions written for the group.
Amongst these was the world premiere recording of a mass by Hieronymus Praetorius, released in 2018, was BBC Music Magazine's Choral and Song Album of the Month. The disc was placed on the longlist for the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards. Siglo de Oro's most recent recording, The Mysterious Motet Book of 1539, reached number 9 in the UK specialist classical chart, and was one of Music Web International's Recordings of the Year for 2022.

Torleif Thedéen cello
Torleif Thedéen
Torleif Thedéen
cello

Swedish cellist Torleif Thedéen is one of the most distinguished instrumentalists in the Nordic countries and enjoys an international profile as a recitalist, concerto soloist, recording artist and pedagogue. He is a first prize winner of international cello competitions, including the Casals Competition. He is Visiting Professor of cello at the Royal College of Music in London and Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

In a career spanning four decades, Torleif has performed with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, among them the Czech Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, The Hallé Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, City of Birmingham SO,Dresden philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic.
He has worked with conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Paavo Berglund, Petrenko, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Mario Venzago and Leif Segerstam. He continues to perform with all the major Nordic orchestras and enjoys a burgeoning relationship with orchestras and festivals in the Antipodes.

As a chamber musician, Torleif is familiar with the prestigious stages of the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Philharmonie in Berlin and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has appeared at the Prague Spring and the Verbier Festivals, and at the chamber music festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Bordeaux, Oslo, Bath, Stavanger, Kuhmo and beyond. His collaborators have included Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Itamar Golan, Maxim Rysanov, Leif Ove Andsnes, Marc-André Hamelin, Lars Anders Tomter, Henning Kraggerud,
Roland Pöntinen and Martin Fröst.

Torleif’s recordings have attracted numerous accolades. He was awarded the Edison Prize in 2018 for his recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Martin Fröst, Lucas Debargue and Janine Jansen on the Sony label. His recording of the Shostakovich Cello Concertos won a Cannes Classical Award and his account of the Bach Cello Suites was selected as a ‘Choice of the month’ by BBC Music Magazine. His discography also includes the concertos of Dvořák, Elgar, Saint-Saens, Lalo, Kabalevsky, Lutoslawski and a wealth of contemporary music. He plays the 1783 Guadagnini cello on loan from the Norwegian Dextra foundation, previously owned by M. Rostropovich.

Trombonfabriken trombone ensemble
Trombonfabriken
Trombonfabriken
trombone ensemble

Trombonfabriken (Trombone Factory) was formed as a concept in 2018 by Mikael Oskarsson, principal trombonist of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and trombone teacher at Lilla Akademien, with the aim to engage young trombonists all over Sweden in different projects playing together and to inspire young musicians pursuing a career as professional trombonists in the future.
The musicians performing in the ensemble are in the ages between 15-25, mainly students or former students at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm.

For more information, performance videos and photographs please visit us at Trombonfariken on Facebook.

"In my opinion, the trombone is the true head of the family of wind instruments, which I have named the 'epic' one. It possesses nobility and grandeur to the highest degree; it has all the serious and powerful tones of sublime musical poetry, from religious, calm and imposing accents to savage, orgiastic outburst. Directed by the will of the master, the trombones can chant like a choir of priests, threaten, utter gloomy sighs, a mournful lament, or a bright hymn of glory; they can break forth into awe-inspiring cries and awaken the dead or doom the living with their fearful voices."

Hector Berlioz

​Usha Balasundaram voice
​Usha Balasundaram
​Usha Balasundaram
voice

Usha Balasundaram (Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer) Dance and music has always been my passion. I underwent rigorous training in Bharathanatyam under the world renowned institute, Kalakshetra in Chennai, India. After I received my degree from Kalakshetra, I joined Chandralekha, a world famous choreographer in bharatanatyam and contemporary dance styles, to explore the world of modern dance and understand the interaction between the classical and contemporary dance styles. As one of the main dancers in Chandralekha's Dance Group, I had the opportunity to travel all around the world giving outstanding performances on many prestigious stages and also to interact with other exemplary artistes in the field. On one such occasion, I got the unique opportunity to meet and work with Pina Bausch, the most celebrated contemporary dance performer and choreographer. In 1997, soon after my marriage, I moved to Sweden. I started my own dance school called Saraswathy Kalakendra Institution of Fine Arts in 2002, where my students can learn the fascinating beauty and gracefulness of the Indian classical dance. I have been continuously training Indian/International students in Indian Classical dance form of Bharatanatyam for nearly 15 years now. The dance school organises and participates in several festivals and performances all year round, where the students perform and the audience enjoy the grace of Indian dance. We also organise an annual festival known as the ‘Indian and Asian Festival’ held in Huddinge, where artistes from not only India and Sweden but also other parts of the world join together with Saraswathy Kalakendra and perform to the delight of the spectators. For the last 9 years, I have been teaching Indian classical dance to children in Kulturskolan Stockholm and Kulturskolan Botkyrka. Every week, I meet, engage and teach around 200 children starting from the age of 4. Looking at the enthusiasm and willingness of these children gives me immense pleasure and I really cherish the time I spend with them. They in-turn become my inspiration to learn more and innovate. In co-operation with other teachers from Kulturskolan, I collaborate, choreograph and perform. This gives me the wonderful experience of exploring the world of dance and music. I underwent a special training in Dans Och Cirkus Högskolan (DOCH) on multi-cultural dance forms in 2011. Recently, I conducted several workshops for the young professionals training there. Apart from this, I have a professional team with whom I choreograph and perform various projects, by which I spread joy and energy of Dance. The audience connect with the language of dance by understanding the nuances of bharatanatyam, by means of hand gestures and facial expressions. The rhythm of Indian classical dance engages the audience and earns their appreciation. I aim to create awareness of the beauty and grace of Indian classical dance and music. Towards this target, I have been producing and showcasing several dance performances in main places such as Kulturhuset, Södrateatern, Unga klara, Carina Ari day of the Golden Foyer, Musikaliska, Ethnografiska museet, Fotografiska museet, Dansmuseet, Lila academi, Ulrikdals Teatern Confidencen, Stadshuset and Bergwaldhallen. I also perform at the Stockholm Kulturfestivalen every year. I have also had the privilege to perform in several occasions for the Indian Embassy, in the presence of Swedish and International delegates. A few notable choreographies and projects include ‘Kali’ where I worked together with artists from Musikaliska; ‘Meghadootam’ a blend of dance, music and poetry which brought together International dancers and Musicians; ‘Bollywood Opera i Botkyrka’ where Rossini’s opera was revisited with elements of Indian dance and music; ‘Karleks Saga - Satyavan och Savithri’ a love story depicted through the words of Marina Gränlund and my dance movements; ‘Bha-ra-ta’ a classical Indian dance presentation specially choreographed for the of the western audience. All these shows received an overwhelming response and left the audience awestruck. I wish to engage the audience through my presentations and promote the goodness of arts amongst the people.

Victoria Sayles violin
Victoria Sayles
Victoria Sayles
violin
OTHERWORLDLY HARMONIES <br>​Wednesday 15 February | 19:00
OTHERWORLDLY HARMONIES
​Wednesday 15 February | 19:00

A musical journey to places far and wide. The scene opens with the cinematic sounds of an electric guitar, joined by the elemental tones of harmonic singing. As evening falls, tropical frogs, Arabic-infused melodies and Couperin meet in the solemn prayer of Golijov’s Tenebrae. The unearthly glow of Moonlight on Mars, mixing Bowie with Beethoven, provides a fitting prelude to Schubert’s otherworldly harmonies, uncovered in the dramatic light and shade, turmoil and tranquillity, of the C Major Quintet, written just weeks before the composer’s untimely death.

Artists

PRIYA MITCHELL violin
HUGO TICCIATI violin
GARETH LUBBE viola, overtone singing
JULIAN ARP cello
TORLEIF THEDÉEN cello
MARZI NYMAN electric guitar / composer
CHRISTY DU PREEZ marimba
SEBASTIAN MALMQUIST marimba
ARTHUR REZNIKOV marimba
ADAM JONSTRÖMER piano
EMMA BONNICI choreography
LILLA AKADEMIEN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Programme

Marzi Nyman From a Distant Place
Gareth Lubbe Improvisation
Osvaldo Golijov Tenebrae
Mark Ford Stubernic
David Bowie /arr. Marzi Nyman Moonlight on Mars

Interval

Franz Schubert String Quintet in C Major D 956

Price

300 SEK / 200 SEK
20% discount and priority seats for O/Modernt Friends

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LOVE, THE MAGICIAN <br>​Thursday 16 February | 19:00
LOVE, THE MAGICIAN
​Thursday 16 February | 19:00

Named after De Falla’s Sorceror of Love, this kaleidoscopic concert gives expression to love’s many magical faces. In music that dates from medieval times to the present day, we experience love’s power to enslave wisdom and even truth itself. It can break the lover’s hold on reality, but love can also carry us to untold heights of bliss that illuminate life’s real meaning. In between lies love’s sweet agony and the simple the truth told by the mysterious Nature Boy of Eden Ahbez: ‘The greatest thing you'll ever learn / Is just to love and be loved in return.’

Artists

LUCIANA MANCINI mezzo-soprano
JOHANNES GEWORKIAN HELLMAN hurdy gurdy
KARL NYHLIN theorb / guitar
MARGARETA NILSSON harp
NORA THIELE percussion
TROMBONFABRIKAN
LILLA AKADEMIEN CHAMBER CHOIR
LILLA AKADEMIEN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
FLORIAN BENFER conductor
HUGO TICCIATI conductor

Programme

Alphonso X El Sabio Cantigas de Santa Maria, Strela do Dia CSM 100
Sephardic Yo m’enamoré d’un aire
Rodrigo Martínez Improvisations d’après le villancico du CMP (Anonymous)
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals, Book IV: XI Sparge la morte al mio Signor nel viso
Juan del Encina Mi libertad en sosiego
Thoinot Arbeau Belle qui tiens ma vie
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals, Book VI: VI Io parto e non più dissi
Efrén Lopez Hortus Deliciarum
Eden Ahbez Nature Boy

Interval

Manuel de Falla El amor brujo
Gustav Mahler ‘Adagietto’ from Symphony No. 5

Price

300 SEK / 200 SEK
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HENRY AND HARRY / POTTER AND PURCELL <br>Friday 17 February | 19:00
HENRY AND HARRY / POTTER AND PURCELL
Friday 17 February | 19:00

Purcell’s Dido portrays an exceptionally complex human being who is wrestling with the conflicting pulls of the heart. As the chorus sings when Dido’s fate is sealed: ‘Great minds against themselves conspire / And shun the cure they most desire.’ Approaching Dido via the magical cosmos of Harry Potter, we transpose the seventeenth-century narrative into a contemporary mythical context in two concerts that close the gap between Purcell’s world and our own.

Artists

LUCIANA MANCINI mezzo-soprano
OLLE PERSSON baritone
SIGLO DE ORO
MARIA ROSTOTSKY piano / celeste
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
LILLA AKADEMIEN CHOIR
MARK TATLOW cembalo
KARL NYHLIN theorbo
NORA THIELE percussion
TBA dance

Programme

Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas Z 626

Interspersed with:
John Williams /arr. Michael Story
Selections from the film scores for
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Henry Purcell Fantasia upon One Note Z 745
Erkki-Sven Tüür Action – Passion
Sting / arr. Alexander Ring Shape of My Heart
Matt Bellamy /arr. David Lundblad ‘Redemption’ from Muse, Exogenesis Symphony (2010)

Price

350 SEK / 250 SEK
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GOBLINS, ELVES & FAIRIES <br>Saturday 18 February | 15:00
GOBLINS, ELVES & FAIRIES
Saturday 18 February | 15:00

The scherzo of Mendelssohn’s Octet, written when the composer was just sixteen, was inspired by Goethe’s depiction of Walpurgis Night (30 April), when the demons run riot. Fairies and other magical beings roam free at Midsummer and on Christmas night, when Tchaikovsky’s Sugar Plum Fairy appears. As Schubert vividly shows in his Erlkönig, these supernatural creatures can harbour sinister intentions, and they seldom reveal themselves to adults. In the words of one expert: ‘almost the only thing known for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.’

Artists

LUCAS PELLBÄCK tenor
PRIYA MITHCELL violin
HUGO TICCIATI violin
VICTORIA SAYLES violin
MAYA BROMAN CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS violin
GARETH LUBBE viola
HUGO SVENSSON viola
JULIAN ARP cello
SELMA SKÖLD cello
MÅRTEN FALK guitar
JONATHAN FRIEDLAND guitar
HERMAN PELLBÄCK piano

Programme

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky /arr. Mårten Falk Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Maurice Ravel Gaspard de la nuit, ‘Scarbo’
Franz Schubert Erlkönig Op. 1 D 328
Felix-Bartholdy Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat Major Op. 20

Price

150 SEK / 100 SEK
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HENRY AND HARRY / POTTER AND PURCELL <br>Saturday 18 February | 19:00
HENRY AND HARRY / POTTER AND PURCELL
Saturday 18 February | 19:00

See artists and programme of same concert on Friday 17th February | 19:00

Price

350 SEK / 250 SEK
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THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS <br>​Sunday 19 February | 15:00
THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS
​Sunday 19 February | 15:00

Selma Lagerlöf’s Nils Holgersson was magically transformed into a leprechaun who flew around Sweden on the back of a goose named Mårten. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1907), which was originally written as a geography textbook, has become an international classic. With the help of O/Modernt and some marvellous flying powder, Nils embarks on a new set of adventures that take him to the four corners of the earth, where he encounters a variety of musical cultures. Join us – and Nils! – on a two-part journey of musical discovery!

Artists

OSKAR MALMQVIST speaker
EMILIA UTTER MANGSBO soprano
LEONID FLORIN MURAVJOV accordion
TARA PYNE solo dance
USHA BALASUNDARAM voice
MARCUS WIANDER percussion
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
STUDENTS OF LILLA AKADEMIEN
ANNE SJÖLUND text

Programme

Swedish Trad. Till Far, New Dehli
George Gershwin Summertime
Astor Piazzolla ‘Verano’ and ‘Invierno’ from Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas
Ary Barroso /arr. Niklas Breman Manha de carnaval
African drumming
Ghana Trad. Little One Mine
Raga Piloo /arr. Niklas Breman
Ivan Panitsky Variations on the Russian Folk-Song ‘Amidst the Dale So Wide and Even’ and ‘Shines the Crescent’
Benjamin Britten Selections from Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
ABBA /arr. David Lundblad Thank you for the Music

Price

250 SEK / 150 SEK
Children: 100 / 80 SEK
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THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS <br>​Sunday 19 February | 18:00
THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF NILS
​Sunday 19 February | 18:00

See artists and programme of same concert on Sunday 19th February | 15:00

Price

250 SEK / 150 SEK
Children: 100 / 80 SEK
20% discount and priority seats for O/Modernt Friends

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Queen Silvia Concert Hall

Norrtullsgatan 14, 113 45 Stockholm