For the second year, O/Modernt, international soloists and the next generation of musicians from Lilla Akademien come together for the New Generation Winter Festival at the Queen Silvia Concert Hall. The festival's three concerts (Blues Skies, The Prayer of Quiet and Ascending and Descending) are inspired by O/Modernt's and Queen Silvia Concert Hall's first joint commission, Jacob's Ladder, by the world-renowned American composer Steve Reich.In a world full of deep suffering, let us turn our ears and hearts to the healing song of the angels that Jacob dreamed ascending and descending the ladder.
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
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.
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
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.
Hailed as “a knockout performer” by The Times, Singaporean-British mezzo Fleur Barron recently triumphed at the San Francisco Symphony in the title role of Kaija Saariaho’s opera Adriana Mater in a production helmed by Peter Sellars and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Ottavia in Monterverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. She is a current Rising Star of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and an Artistic Partner of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, for which she will curate/perform multiple projects across several seasons. A passionate interpreter of opera, chamber music, and concert works ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, Fleur is mentored by Barbara Hannigan. Fleur launches the 23/24 season with a return to the London Symphony Orchestra, where she is the soloist in their Season Opening Concert at the Barbican, performing Claude Vivier’s Wo bist du Licht, and in performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella the following week,both under the baton of Barbara Hannigan. Autumn 2023 sees the release on PentatoneRecords of her performance in the title role in Purcell’sDido and Aeneaswith La Nuova Musica, and she also begins a multi-season partnership with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ludovic Morlot, joining them to record Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Trois Poèmes de Mallarmé, and for performances of Shéhérazade and Montsalvatge’s Cinco Canciones Negrasat L’Auditori Barcelona and on tour to Hamburg and Stockholm. Further orchestral engagements include Mahler’s Symphony no.3 with the CzechPhilharmonic and Semyon Bychkov at the Baden Baden Festival, both Das Lied von der Erde and Mahler Symphony no.2 with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias under Nuno Coehlo, and Freya Waley-Cohen’s Spell Book with the Manchester Collective at theBarbican.
Malin Broman is a sought-after artistic director, soloist and chamber musician. Born inSweden, she completed her studies inLondon with David Takeno. She is a passionate chamber musician and has over the last twenty years toured and recorded extensively with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble and Nash Ensemble ofLondon. Malin has been concert master of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2008, and has performed the Brahms Double Concerto with Steven Isserlis conducted by Daniel Harding, received rave reviews for her recording of Nielsen's Violin Concerto and premiered violin concertos written for her by Helen Grime, Daniel Börtz, Britta Byström,Andrea Tarrodi, Daniel Nelson and Jesper Nordin. She regularly leads the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra as musical director/soloist. In this role, she has performed with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, ACO Collective (Australia), Nordic Chamber Orchestra and Tampere Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with artists such as Pekka Kuussisto, Janine Jansen and Peter Mattei. Malin is currently artistic director of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Finland, where she succeeded Sakari Oramo. During the corona pandemic, Malin made a video recording of Mendelssohn's octet, where she plays all eight parts herself, which quickly spread with many views on YouTube. In 2019, Malin was awarded HM the King's medal for her contributions to Swedish musical life. She plays on a Stradivarius violin from 1709-a loan from the Järnåker Foundation.
Maria Rostotsky received her musical education at the Royal Academy of Music inStockholm and London.Since her debut at the Stockholm Concert House in 2000 she has established herself as one of the most multifaceted pianists and chamber musicians inSweden. She has toured extensively throughout Europe, Hong Kong and Japan with appearances in Barbican Centre, Concertgebouw and Tokyo City Recital Hall and performed as a soloist with Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Maria Rostotsky made her solo debut at the Concertgebouw in 1994 and was subsequently invited back for solo and chamber music performances. She is also a dedicated chamber musician and one of the artistic leaders of the chamber music series Chambre Giljotin. She has also performed as an actress in several notable productions at theaters in Sweden, and is interested in the interplay betweenother art forms such as dance and literature, which she integrates both in her teaching and in her own performances
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.
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.
Winter Festival 2023
The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at the Suzuki Talent Center, thenat theConservatory 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 performs at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg. His work has been broadcast on radio stations across Europe. In 2008 he founded the Monte Piano Trio, which has won numerous international prizes, notably the Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt, Folkwang Prize. He collaborates with groups including Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici EnsembleFrankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the German island of Sylt.
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 as oloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, the DanishRadio 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 Sundqvist is one of the leading clarinetists of his generation. Alongside his outstanding performances of the classical repertoire, the Finnish musician is an ambassador for contemporary Nordic music. Composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Erkki-SvenTüür, Aulis Sallinen, Sebastian Fagerlund, Olli Kortekangas and Jukka Linkola have all written concertos for him. Christoffer has appeared as soloist with orchestras across Europe. His 2022 Debuts include the Nielsen Concerto with Rotterdam Symphony Orchestra and chamber music concerts in Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Wigmore Hall. As an active chamber musician he has performed at festivals and venues including Kuhmo Chamber Music, West-Cork Chamber Music, Delft, Concertgebouw, Vinterfest and Helsinki Festival. His discography includes releases on BIS, Alba and Ondine Records, many of which have been awarded Emma prizes. Christopher has been principal clarinet of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and is lecturer in clarinet at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Leif Karlsson is a renowned Swedish conductor, chief conductor for the State Wind Symphony Trimitas in Lithuania and the Inspector of Music in the Swedish Armed Forces. He has worked with a great number of orchestras in Scandinavia over the last decades and has premiered more than 250 compositions.
As a conductor Leif has been working with Wermland Opera, Förvarets Musikkorps in Trondheim and Harstad, Dansk militärkorps in Haderslev, Norrlandsoperan, Jönköpings Sinfonietta, Västerås Sinfonietta and Bodö Sinfonietta, amongst others. He is also the leader of Norrbotten Youth Symphony orchestra since its start in 1991 and Artistic director for the Uppsala Wind Symphony. He is also conductor for the Lilla Academien wind orchestra
As a professional percussionist Leif Karlsson was one of the founding members of the world renowned percussion ensemble Kroumata, with which he recorded, toured and preformed for 30 years. With Kroumata, he was a soloist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, Singapore Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony orchestra, Islands Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. Over the years, Kroumata performed in 43 countries and almost 600 cities worldwide and recorded 19 critically acclaimed records.
As a Swedish ambassador for the arts, Leif Karlsson was honored with the Positive Sweden honorary award. He has performed at international state visits of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden. Leif Karlsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Liana Svensson, violinist, has been performing with O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra since it's launch in 2014.She grew up in Florida, USA where she played her debut concert with the Hollywood Philharmonic, and since 2005 has been based in Stockholm, Sweden. 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 Musik Konkurrence, and later would receive the top prize from the Erik Grudd Foundation. She continued her studies with Marco Rizzi at Mannheim Musikh och schule, 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 as an active member of Stockholm Concert Orchestra and Läckö Castle Opera. With a passion for music education, Liana has returned to Lilla Akademien as violin teacher and ensemble leader, committed to preserving and elevating a tradition of open-minded and zealous musicianship
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 runs the chamber music series Wasahof Underground Chamber Music in Stockholm and has performed in chamber music festivals and concert tours in Europe, New Zealand and South America. Sofie has performed as a soloist with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and several Swedish amateur orchestras.
Daniel Eklund (1987) was born and raised in Lund, Sweden, where he started playing the viola at the age of 5.In 2015, he began his studies in the soloist class at the Royal DanishConservatory of Music, with Professor Lars Anders Tomter and Tim Frederiksen.DanielEklund plays a lot of chamber music, and is a member of the Nordic String Quartet.TheQuartet has performed at music festivals both within and outside the borders ofScandinavia.Their Debut CD with music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen won the2019 Danish P2 Award in the category "Album of the Year with new classics". Danish, Nancy Dalberg's complete string quartets were also published in collaboration with Dacapo records in 2019. The English Music Web International has added the CD on their list of "RecordingsOf the year". Since 2013, Daniel has a permanent position as principal violist in the chamber orchestra Musica Vitae, with whom he has been a soloist on several occasions.
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.
Caroline is the Leader of Manchester Camerata, often assuming the role of Soloist and/orDirector with the orchestra. Chamber music sensibilities are at the heart of Caroline’s music-making; she enjoys a regular duo partnership with Camerata's principal cellist Hannah Roberts and guest leads chamber music projects and chamber orchestras across the UK.Caroline was also the Leader of Welsh chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymrufrom 2016 until 2021. From 2010 to 2019 Caroline was the first violinist of the Zelkova Quartet, winners ofthe 2017 St Martin's Chamber Music Competition and the 2014 Royal Overseas LeagueElias Fawcett Award forOutstanding Chamber Ensemble. Through her work with chamber orchestras and her quartet, Caroline has been fortunate to study and work closely with many incredible musicians; Gábor Takács-Nagy, Ferenc Rados, Hatto Beyerle and Peter Cropperto name but a few
Trombonist Mikael Oskarsson is principal trombone at the Swedish Radio SymphonyOrchestra since 1999. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden and also in Chicago with trombonists Michael Mulcahy and Charlie Vernon from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and also legendary tuba player Arnold Jacobs. Mikael is also dedicated to teaching young trombonists and has had Lilla Akademien as his home platform for almost 15 years, teaching at the school. He also started his own project,"trombonfabriken" to engage youngsters all over Sweden in the instrument. Over the years he has manage to produce young trombonists that has gone on to become professional players in many cases but most important, they have found the love for music thru the trombone
Natacha Kudritskaya was born in Perm in the Urals in 1983. Her parents, both musicians,encouraged her to play the piano. She studied in Kiev, first at the Lysenko School and then at theTchaikovsky National Academy of Music. From 2003 she worked with the pianist Alain Planèsat the Conservatoire de Paris and in 2007 she was admitted to the Conservatoire’s advancedcourse to study with Jacques Rouvier. She continues to work with pianists Ferenc Rados andElisabeth Leonskaja. Natacha feels ‘very comfortable’ playing French music.In 2009 she wasawarded the Grand Prix by the Safran Foundation for Music and featuredon the GénérationSpedidam programme. She won first prize at the Vibrarté International Music Competition andthe Robert Casadesus Prize for her performance of French music. She is particularly fond ofBach, Rameau and Couperin, and of the romantic repertoire. She has record works by Rameau,Berio and Ravel.Her CD of suites by Rameau on a modern Yamaha piano has been greatlypraised.
Margareta Nilsson is recognised as one of Sweden's most sought after harpists, regularly performing as a soloist, with chamber groups and orchestras. She has extensive experience as a teacher and has worked at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm since 2009.
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.
Synergy Vocals’ first concert was in London in 1996-a performance of Tehillim for SteveReich’s 60th birthday. Over twenty years later, the group comprises an elite pool of singers able to deliver a broad repertoire in a variety of styles. The group specialises in close-microphone singing and is often associated with the music of Steve Reich, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Steven Mackey and Luciano Berio. Synergy has given concerts all over the world with orchestras and ensembles including the Boston, Chicago, St Louis and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, the Los Angeles, Brooklyn and New York Philharmonic orchestras, Nexus, Steve Reich & Musicians, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Askoǀ Schönberg, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Ictus, the London Symphony Orchestra and all five of the UK’s BBC orchestras. They have also collaborated with dance companies including the Royal Ballet (London) and Rosas.The group’s world premières include Steve Reich’sThree Tales, Daniel Variations and Traveler’s Prayer, Steven Mackey’s Dream house, Louis Andriessen’s video opera La Commedia, David Lang’s writing on water and Sir James Mac Millan’s Since it was the day of Preparation..., as well as the UK première of Nono’s monumental Prometeo on London’s South Bank. Synergy provided the chorus for Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and, most recently, vocals for Satya Hinduja’s Harmony of the Worlds with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Synergy Vocals is featured on a variety of film soundtracks and television signature tunes. The group also has several CDs to its name. As well as the premières listed above, Synergy Vocals has recorded Reich’s Proverband Drumming with the Colin Currie Group, Berio’s Sinfonia with BBCSO, John Adams’Grand Pianola Music conducted by the composer, and Reich’sThe Desert Music with Sydney Symphony Orchestra (co-edited and mixed by Micaela Haslam). Their latest CD, Music for 18 Musicians with CCG (recorded at AbbeyRoad), is due for release in April 2023. The group has also provided vocals for Kompendium’s Beneath the Waves, These New Puritans’Field of Reeds, Rob Reed’s Sanctuary, and Steven Wilson’s Grace for Drowning.
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam, where he was a BA student with Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He finished his studies with an MA in Cross-Over Music Making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019. He performs regularly with theO/Modernt Chamber Orchestra and as a guest in different European festivals and ensembles.Highlights include performing with jazz legends Gwilym Simcock and Nils Landgren in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the first performances of new chamber music pieces by composersDjango Bates, Ralph Schmidt and Tom Coult, and performing Sandor Veress’s Memento with the violist Lilli Maijala in the Festival Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland.
Lotta Gullberg trained as a classical singing teacher at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and she has taught children and young people for thirty years, primarily as a teacher at AdolfFredrik’s Music Classes. Since 2018 Lotta Gullberg has worked at Lilla Akademien Music School, where she teaches choral singing to students of all ages and leads the school’s chamber choir. Inaddition to her work at Lilla Akademien, Lotta leads workshops and courses with choirs around the country and has long been a regular singer in Eric Ericson’s Chamber Choir.
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 arecipient of the Villa Musica stipendium since 2021 and appears regularly with theMahler Chamber Orchestra, Dresdner Festspiel orchester, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble,Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Asko| Schoenberg ensemble and the RotterdamPhilharmonic 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
Passionate about bringing live performance to everyone, Emma Purslow is a violinist and violist performing in various roles in the UK and abroad. She is first violin of the Alkyona StringQuartet and has recently performed as a guest with the Navarra Quartet, Corran Quartet and Explore Ensemble. Emma is a sought-after educator, coaching reguarly for Chetham’s School ofMusic, the National Children’s Orchestra, Royal College of Music Junior Department and theLondon Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education and Community Program, in addition to her role as Head of Strings at Newton Preparatory School. Emma led the Street Orchestra of London between 2016 and 2019, an ensemble bringing live performance to those unable to access it. She enjoys a varied freelance orchestral career, performing regularly with orchestras including the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, among others.
Riikka Repo is a passionate and sought-after chamber musician who regularly collaborates with a range of formations, performing in international concert halls and festivals. She has been a member of the renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2017.
Riikka is currently enjoying a busy freelance life, having worked as Co-Principal Viola of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2020. Prior to this, she was a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008-2013. When not appearing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Riikka performs with her quartet, the Vamlingbo Quartet, has regular invitations to play with various other ensembles and orchestras and is a recording artist for BIS. She is the artistic director of the Vamlingbo Chamber Music Festival which takes place in Gotland every July.
Eirik Steinsvik har verkat som frilansande trumpetare och pedagog sedan han avslutade sina studier vid Kungl. Musikhögskolan i Stockholm 2006.
Eirik har spelat i flertalet svenska orkestrar, som Kungl. Hovkapellet, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, Kungl. Filharmoniker, Svenska Kammarorkestern, Norrlandsoperan, Stockholm Concert Orchestra, Arméns Musikkår mfl.
Som kammarmusiker har Eirik spelat en bred pallett av genrer från tidig till nutida musik med bla Ann Wallströms Barockorkester, Höör Barock, Sonanza, KammarensemblEn, Curious Chamberplayers, nordic fusi6n, Linnekvintetten och Swing Sling Brass som släppte kritikerrosade debutskivan "Trumpery Hill" i 2015.
Eirik har jobbat som teatermusiker vid Oscarsteatern, Göta Lejon, Sörmland Musik och Teater, "West Side Story" vid Opera Nordfjord, Sverigeturné "Jesus Christ Superstar" med Live Nation & Göta Lejon.
Eirik har spelat med artister som Jonas Knutsson, Jesper Kviberg, Rubem Farias, Fantine Thó, Lu Vitti mfl.
Storband har alltid varit en passion och stor del av Eiriks musicerande. Våren 2017 var Eirik med att starta LABB - Lilla Akademien Big Band. LABB blev på kort tid en betydande orkester i Lilla Akademiens verksamhet.
Eirik är ledare för denna fina orkestern med elever från åk9, gymnasium och Pre-Collage.
Eirik kan själv senast ha hörts på scenen med Johan Stengård Big Band och kommer snart höras i eget band tillsammans med Jesper Kviberg i "Kviberg Steinsvik Big Band".
Eirik undervisar i trumpet, brassensemble och storband vid Musikskolan Lilla Akademien.
"For his intense personal expression, brilliant technical mastery and overpowering stage presence." Thus read the judges' citation for the percussionist and marimba artist Johan Bridger as he received the 2004 Swedish Soloist's Prize. In the same year he managed to win 1st prize in the Belgium International Marimba Duo Competition and make a grandiose debut at both the Wigmore Hall in London and PASIC in the US. Since then Bridger has given numerous critically praised performances, both nationwide and internationally; throughout Europe, in Russia, Asia and the US. Bridger has performed at major venues, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Mariinsky Theatre, Taipei National Theater and Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall and collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists including Evelyn Glennie, Alondra de la Parra, Thomas Søndergård, Mats Rondin, Eva Ollikainen, Michael Sanderling, Hans Pålsson, Bjarke Mogensen, Per Tengstrand, Hugo Ticciati and Håkan Hardenberger. He has also made several appearances as a soloist on Swedish and Danish Radio's classical music station and on Swedish Television. Born in Sweden 1976, Johan Bridger received his education from Malmö Academy of Music and Northwestern University in Chicago. His principal teachers were Lennart Gruvstedt, Leigh Howard Stevensand Professor Michael Burritt. As a true percussion virtuoso, Bridger embraces – and masters – an extensive repertoire, from J.S. Bach to contemporary and new music and is privileged to premier works byleading composers, such as Alejandro Vinao, Pius Cheung, Marcin Blazewitz, Daniel Börtz, Staffan Stormand Tobias Broström. In addition to his own ceaseless exploration of the marimba and the overall percussionist's world, Bridger seeks to inspire others by giving both lectures and master classes, in Sweden and abroad. He also teaches at The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Odense, The Malmö Academy of Music and Sundsgarden School of Music.
FLEUR BARRON mezzo-soprano
LEIF KARLSSON conductor
EIRIK STEINSVIK conductor
LILLA AKADEMIENS BLÅSORKESTER
LILLA AKADEMIENS BIGBAND
LILLA AKADEMIENS KAMMARORKESTER
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT NEW GENERATION
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1 in C Minor Op. 11
Leonard Bernstein West Side Story Suite
/arr. William James Duthiot
Kurt Weill Wie Lange Noch?
/arr. Ida Oldeberg
Jacques Prevert / Joseph Kosma Les feuilles mortes
Norbert Glanzberg Padam Padam!
George Gershwin I Got Rhythm
/arr. Nelson Riddle
Irving Berlin Blue Skies
/arr. Paul Weston
MALIN BROMAN violin
HUGO TICCIATI violin
SASCHA BOTA viola
JULIAN ARP cello
EDWARD AHLBECK GLADER piano
NATACHA KUDRITSKAYA piano
LOTTA GULLBERG conductor
BO WANNEFORS conductor
LILLA AKADEMIENS KAMMARORKESTER
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT NEW GENERATION
Ernst Bloch Suite Hébraïque
Karin Rehnqvist Ljusfälten
Ernst Bloch Suite Hébraïque
Salamone Rossi Barechu (‘Bless the Lord’)
Ernst Bloch Suite Hébraïque III. Affirmation
Ernst Bloch Jewish Life B. 55
Charles Villiers Stanford Beati quorum via
Ernst Bloch Jewish Life B. 55
Traditional Spiritual Jacob’s Ladder
/arr. Lotta Gulberg
Ernst Bloch Jewish Life B. 55
III. Jewish Song
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa
Peteris Vasks Fruits of Silence
JANNE THOMSEN flute
CHRISTOFFER SUNDQVIST clarinet
HUGO TICCIATI violin
JULIAN ARP cello
NATACHA KUDRITSKAYA piano
LILLA AKADEMIENS KAMMARORKESTER
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT NEW GENERATION
Claude Debussy ‘Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum’ from Children’s Corner
Arnold Schönberg Chamber Symphony Op.9
Steve Reich Jacob’s Ladder SWEDISH PREMIÈRE
Osvaldo Golijov Lullaby and Doina
Boris Pigovat Jewish Wedding
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring Suite
* other commissioners are New York Philharmonic, BBC Radio 3, Fundação Casa da Música, Istanbul Music Festival och Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio France och Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
The Queen Silvia Concert Hall was designed by the renowned Italian architect Giorgio Palù, in partnership with the world-leading Japanese acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota.
Palù and Toyota previously collaborated on the Auditorium Arvedi at the Museo del Violino in Cremona (inaugurated in 2013), while Toyota has designed the acoustics for numerous celebrated concert halls around the world, including the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.
Like the halls in Cremona and Berlin, the Queen Silvia Concert Hall has a non-traditional performance area that places the performers in the middle of the audience. The relatively unadorned performance space at Lilla Akademien is open to the natural Scandinavian light that shifts dramatically with the seasons and the time of day. The hall can also be magically darkened and artfully lighted to enhance the musical experience.
Embracing the challenges of the present, the designers took the opportunity to reinvent the traditional auditorium as an adaptable, contemporary space capable of multiple uses. The layout harnesses the subtleties of sound and light, shaping the hall as a flexible concert and rehearsal venue. It forms a perfect resonating instrument for sensitive young voices, smaller orchestras and choirs, vibrant jazz ensembles and the speaking voice, while also allowing larger formations to perform there. In addition, the hall functions as a virtual entity, using state-of-the-art technology to host international events, rehearsals, concerts and masterclasses, as well as lectures and symposia.
With a full capacity of up to 300 people (including performers and audience), the Queen Silvia Concert Hall is the new educational centre at Lilla Akademien and the natural extension of O/Modernt’s creative activities. It is a beautiful and innovative multi-purpose space for musical encounters that aims to be at the cutting edge of inclusive cross-border artistic integration. The hall will be a hub of musical and educational exchange without physical barriers, connecting Lilla Akademien and O/Modernt with a worldwide network of leading artists and arts organisations. Channelling the unrivalled power of music, the Queen Silvia Concert Hall will become a sounding room for an interconnected world.