moderntimes_1800 is a young Austrian chamber orchestra based in Tyrol 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.
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 by using the musical means of that particular period.
Ilia Korol hails from Kiev, studied violin under Abraham Stern and Marina Iashvili at Moscow’s Music Academy and since 1997 has lived in Austria. In recognition of his artistic achievements he received Austrian citizenship in 2001.
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 Ars Antiqua Austria and the Clemencic Consort. Ilia Korol has also featured on numerous CD recordings.
Natalia Grigorieva was born in Moscow in 1974 and studied piano at the Moscow Conservatory with Prof. Pavlova and Prof. Sobolev. Already after completing her studies Natalia Grigorieva was interested in historical performance practice and gave numerous concerts on 18th and 19th centuries original instruments or reconstructions of them.
Since 2000 Natalia Grigorieva has lived in Vienna and has taken Austrian citizenship. She trained as a designer and multi-media producer at the renowned SAE (School of Audio Engineering) in Vienna and has worked as a graphic artist and designer for numerous Austrian labels and artists.
Natalia Grigorieva has appeared as a soloist with the moderntimes_1800 orchestra in numerous concerts both in Austria and in other countries since 2003: for instance in the Wiener Festwochen, the Salzburg Festival, the RuhrTriennale 2005, the “Wege durch das Land” Festival, the Montreal Bach Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.