Evelin Seppar

b. October 14, 1986
Member of the Estonian Composers' Union since 2012

Evelin Seppar started composing at the age of 15 and studied with composer Alo Põldmäe for 4 years before entering the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2006. There she studied composition with René Eespere and received a Bachelor's degree in 2010. During the academic year of 2008/09 she studied composition with Ole Lützow-Holm at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, as part of the European Exchange Programme Erasmus. In 2012, she completed her Master's degree cum laude at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under Toivo Tulev and Helena Tulve. Currently she is working as a freelance composer.

Seppar has written for solo instruments, various ensembles, solo voice, orchestra and electronics and made different arrangements. She has foremost caught attention as an author of choral music. Psalm of David No. 88 received a special prize at the composition competition organised by Estonian Composers’ Union and Pirita Monastery in 2010. Brother in Trouble won the main prize at the competition of choral songs and arrangements in Võro language 2011. Sonnet No. 53 was on the program of the new music festival Arēna in Latvia in 2012. Near was selected one of the winning works at the Ortus International New Music Competition in the USA. Her most extensive works so far are the opera Teine (premiere in Tallinn St. Nicholas’s Church in 2012), opera Icarus (premiere in Amsterdam Conservatory in 2014), Lighthouse for vocal ensemble and two instrumentalists (premiere in Nantes in 2014), Cities for vocal ensemble (premiere in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw in 2016) and Kodu for choir and orchestra (premiere in Tallinn in 2021).

During her studies she has participated in Master Classes with Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tapio Tuomela, Ole Lützow-Holm, Isabel Soveral, Lasse Thoresen, Veli-Matti Puumala, Marco Stroppa, William Brooks, Michaël Levinas and others. Her music has been performed in Europe, USA, Australia and China by Netherlands Chamber Choir, SWR Vokalensemble, Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Latvian Radio Choir, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and many others.

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