Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Tõnu Kaljuste, who was the principal conductor of the orchestra for seven seasons (1993–1995, 1996–2001). During that time, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra collaborated frequently with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, which was also founded and conducted by Kaljuste. For record label ECM, they made several CDs: "Te Deum" (1993) and "Litany" (1996, with the Hilliard Ensemble) with Arvo Pärt's music, "Crystallisatio" which includes Erkki-Sven Tüür's pieces (1996). Tallinn Chamber Orchestra has also recorded Heino Eller's music for strings for CD "Neenia" (2001) and in 2009 they released CD "In principio" (includes Pärt's pieces).
Finnish conductor Juha Kangas has worked with the orchestra as the chief conductor (1995/1996) and as the artistic director (2001–2003). From 2000, the artistic director of the TCO was Eri Klas, from season 2013/2014 the artistic director and chief conductor is Risto Joost.
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra has performed in Europe, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the Unites States of America. They have successfully participated in many music festivals, such as Bremen Music Festival, Budapest Autumn Festival, Torino Settembre Musical, Tuusulanjärvi Festival etc. The list of conductors who have worked with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra includes John Storgårds, Jaakko Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Daniel Raiskin, Valentin Zhuk, Terje Tønnesen and Estonian conductors Olari Elts, Risto Joost, Paul Mägi, Arvo Volmer, Kristjan Järvi, Vello Pähn, Andres Mustonen, Jüri Alperten et al.
In 2013, orchestra was awarded the Estonian Music Council Prize. At the same year CD „Arvo Pärt. Adam’s Lament“ (ECM, 2012) on participation by Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was awarded the Grammy Award for the best choral performance.
For further information visit the homepage of Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
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