O/Modərnt Kammarorkester

© Susan Poeschl

The O/Modərnt Kammarorkester has developed during recent years under the direction of the violinist Hugo Ticciati as an integral part of the Swedish festival O/Modərnt. O/Modərnt can be translated as “unmodern” and refers to the underlying concept of the festival, a reinvention of the past through the exploration of the relationships between the work of old composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture. The O/Modərnt Chamber Orchestra, which includes some of the top young players in Sweden, similarly devises eclectic and adventurous programmes of great diversity: its appearances include highly diverse styles and epochs and might include anything from the arrangement of medieval motets to Bach and all the way to free improvisation.
In 2014 the O/Modərnt Kammarorkester was the resident orchestra at Musikaliska in Stockholm, performing with soloists such as Anne-Sofie von Otter and Steven Isserlis. After its debut at Young Euro Classic in 2014 the orchestra returns to Berlin for the second time.

Sweden / Netherlands
August 8, 2015 8 pm

Konzerthaus, Berlin

Hugo Ticciati
© Marco Borggreve

© Marco Borggreve

The composers in his repertoire list alone demonstrate that violinist Hugo Ticciati’s heart beats mainly for contemporary music: in recent years, he has played violin concerti by Alfred Schnittke, Rodion Shchedrin, Lera Auerbach, Philip Glass and Toru Takemitsu, in addition to world premieres by Tobias Broström, Sergey N. Yevtushenko and Albert Schnelzer. Ticciati performs this repertoire at all the major concert halls in Europe and America as well as renowned festivals. His passion for chamber music has led him to collaborate with such musicians as pianist Angela Hewitt, percussionist Evelyn Glennie, cellist Steven Isserlis and trombonist Nils Landgren. He directs his own festival, O/MODƏRNT in Sweden, which also presents concert series at Wigmore Hall in London and at the Muziekgebouw aan’t Ij in Amsterdam. In addition, Hugo Ticciati gives master classes and seminars and has made an intensive study of the application of the physical and spiritual aspects of meditation on violin playing. Ticciati, who was born in London in 1980 and is the elder brother of conductor Robin Ticciati, is a Swedish citizen today.


Artistic Director & Violin
Bram van Sambeek
© Marco Borggreve

© Marco Borggreve

At the age of only 22, bassoonist Bram van Sambeek was appointed principal bassoon of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, a position he held until 2011. Since 2009 he has taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory; in addition he is a member of the Orlando Quintet and appears as a soloist. Van Sambeek recorded the CD Bassoon-Kaleidoscope in 2012, featuring not only chamber music, but also a rock song. He gave the world premiere of a new Bassoon Concerto by the Finnish composer Sebastian Fagerlund in Lahti (Finland) at the end of 2014. In 2009, Van Sambeek became the first bassoonist to receive the Dutch Music Prize.


Rick Stotijn
© Marco Borggreve

© Marco Borggreve

The Dutch double bass player Rick Stotijn received his education in classical double bass at the conservatories in Amsterdam, Utrecht and Freiburg. Apart from his solo work, he appears in various chamber music formations, performs in a trio with his sister, the soprano Christianne Stotijn, and pianist Joseph Breinl, and has presented a four-part concert series at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Stotijn is currently principal bass of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, with which he has also recorded the Double Bass Concerto by Nino Rota.


Double Bass
Marijn Korff de Gidts

© Marco Borggreve

The percussionist Marijn Korff de Gidts, a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory, has gathered a multitude of experiences with non-European music on his study trips to West Africa, India and New York. He is equally curious about “classical” percussion and contemporary music, world music, improvisation and electronic music. He is a member of the percussion trio Twitching Eye and of the Soil Ensemble (percussion, piano and cello). At the same time he works regularly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Dutch Wind Ensemble.

Sven Figee

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Sven Figee, Hammond organist and head of the band Sven Hammond Soul, is from Almelo in the Netherlands. He works as a composer, conductor, producer and co-presenter of the Dutch talent show The Voice of Holland. During the 1990s he toured Europe and the USA with the rock singer Anouk. He was also involved as a producer, composer, arranger and pianist in the debut album Trust by the soul singer Rose. Sven Figee runs his own recording studio in Delft; his band’s most recent CD mixes rock, pop and soul with rhythm ’n’ blues.

Hammond Organ

Works by Vivaldi, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Muse,
Dream Theater, Erkki-Sven Tüür and others

7 pm: Pre-concert Lecture in the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free for ticket holders (admission at 6:45 pm)
Moderation: Martina Taubenberger
In cooperation with the Körber Foundation.


Nicknamed the Red Priest, Vivaldi was director of music at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice – an orphanage in which the children were trained as musicians. He staged extraordinarily emotive concerts with virtuosic solos that were a major tourist attraction and had their audiences shouting, clapping and stamping their feet. In fact, according to music historian Richard Taruskin, the best way to understand the excitement of an original Vivaldi performance is to attend a rock concert. The Swedish Festival O/MODƏRNT (‘Un/Modern’) has gone one better. Reinventing the past by exploring relationships between old and new, O/MODƏRNT Kammarorkester fuses Vivaldi with the rock music of today, including Metallica, Muse, Dream Theater, and Pink Floyd. Hard to imagine? Then come and experience Vivaldi’s concertos with the vibe of a Hammond organ, variations of La Folia (‘musical madness’) rocking Van Halen style improvised cadenzas, Metallica guitar solos played on amplified bassoon and much more!

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