The International Festival Piano taking place from November 16 to 23 at the Estonia Concert Hall focuses on the music by Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival features three Estonian orchestras and top Estonian pianists Age Juurikas, Maksim Štšura, Ralf Taal, Irina Zahharenkova, and Sten Lassmann as well as the guest pianists Lucas Debargue, Nikolai Demidenko, Yeol Eum Son, and Pietro De Maria.
Arvo Pärt Days presented by the Nargenfestival takes place from September 2 to 11 and marks the 85th anniversary of the birth of the composer Arvo Pärt. The festival features the new versions of Pärt’s works which has not been performed in Estonia before, including „Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte…“ and „Cecilia, vergine romana“.
Internationally renowned choral conductor Edward Caswell conducts concerts in Estonia dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s 85th birthday
On 28 August in St John’s Church Tartu and 29 August in St. John’s Church Tallinn, the concerts „Great Service“ will be conducted by internationally renowned choral conductor Edward Caswell. The performances will be dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s 85th birthday and will be performed by Voces Tallinn and the ensemble Floridante.
Estonian Music Information Centre is on summer vacation until the 2nd of August. Find the information about concerts in July from our Calendar of Music Events. EMIC Music Shop orders will be fulfilled from August 3. Scores in PDF format paid with credit card appear into your mailbox automatically. Have a wonderful summer!
Concerts and performances in Estonia cancelled due to the state of emergency declared by the Estonian government
The Estonian government has declared a state of emergency in connection with the global novel coronavirus pandemic and the likelihood that the virus may spread locally. The state of emergency measures include closing museums and movie theaters as well as cancelling all performances, concerts and conferences. The state of emergency is in effect through May 17, unless the government should decide otherwise.
In January, the 2nd album of solo songs by Estonian composer Mart Saar was released. Saar’s art and folk songs are performed by mezzo-soprano Iris Oja, baritone Atlan Karp and pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera. Presentation concerts will be held on March 10 in Tallinn, March 17 in Viljandi and March 19 in Tartu.
Concerto for Accordion and Chamber Orchestra by Tauno Aints will receive its premiere in Helsinki on February 28. The performers are Mikk Langeproon and Helsinki Chamber Orchestra with James Salomon Kahane conducting.
Erkki-Sven Tüür has revised his Symphony No. 1 which has been performed only once 36 years ago. The new version will be premiered by Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Tõnu Kaljuste at the Concert Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on February 21.
Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere’s fourth opera „The Shadow” („Der Schatten“) will come on stage of Osnabrück Theatre in June 2021. The two-act opera is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fair-tale of the same name, the libretto is written by Reinvere himself.