moderntimes_1800 chamber orchestra on authentic instruments · innsbruck
As something external and strange,
moderntimes_1800 is a young Austrian chamber orchestra comprising international specialists. It was founded in 2003 by Ilia Korol and Julia Moretti who set out to form an ensemble from a new generation of musicians, proficient both in historical performance and in the music of the 20th century.
All composers have written and continue to write for the instruments of their particular age – and, as such, all music can claim to have been “modern” in its own time. The inclusion of the date “1800” in the name of the orchestra refers to one of the most turbulent epochs in European history in which society, politics and culture all underwent fundamental change, heralding the advent of European Modernity. The transition from the 18th to the 19th century marked the beginning of the collapse of an epoch, characterised by upheaval and reorientation in the most diverse spheres.
Availing itself of the instruments and the playing styles of the time in which a work was created, moderntimes_1800 is of the firm conviction that the musical language of an epoch can find most vivid expression when articulated using the musical means of that particular period. In some concert programmes this also involves conducting the orchestra from the concertmaster’s desk.
moderntimes_1800 performs either as an historical or modern chamber orchestra, but also in smaller formations, such as the quartet. In its concert programmes, the ensemble displays a keen interest not only in highlighting thematic commonalities and contrasting various epochs, but also in focussing on the countervailing cultural and social developments within one epoch. This approach inevitably forges links with literature and various dramatic forms, extending even to opera – for example “Der Seelen wunderliches Bergwerk“ (Awesome Underground of Souls), a work commissioned by the RuhrTriennale, or “Der Liederabend – Elfenbeinkönigin im tiefen Tal” (The Recital – Ivory Wonder in the Deep Dark Valley).
Since its inception, moderntimes_1800 has given a number of highly prestigious concerts, guesting, for example, at the opening of the 2004 Vienna Festival, the 2005 and 2006 RuhrTriennale in Duisburg and the Salzburg Festival in 2006 as well as at various German and Austrian concert halls and festivals. Together with Michael Schade, Patricia Petibon, Juliane Banse, Tobias Moretti and Sylvie Rohrer, the orchestra performed in the highly acclaimed production of “The Liederabend“ at the 2006 Salzburg Festival.
Ilia Korol Violin
He has performed as concertmaster of the Musica Antiqua Köln, the Bach Ensemble with Joshua Rifkin and the Spanish Baroque Orchestra RCOC and furthermore is member of the ensemble
Julia Moretti Oboe
Veronika Zimmermann Dramaturgie