Age Veeroos

b. May 11, 1973, Võru
Member of the Estonian Composers' Union since 2003

Age Veeroos (1998–2009 Hirv) graduated from the University of Tartu in German philology in 1998. 1993/1994 she stayed as a grantee of literary science at the University of Göttingen. Veeroos studied composition in Tartu Heino Eller Music School from 1996–1998 and obtained master degree in composition with Helena Tulve and Eino Tamberg at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) in 2006. In 2005/2006, Veeroos improved her skills at the Karlsruhe Higher Music School under Professor Wolfgang Rihm.

Veeroos has completed the program of doctoral studies in EAMT, in order to apply for degree, she is working on the research on "bedimming" aspects of tone of super silent sounds played as sul ponticello on bowed string instruments. During doctoral studies she has read papers at the international conferences: Doctors in Performance. The 2nd festival conference of music performance and artistic research, 2016 Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin; III Conference of Doctoral Students (artistic research), 2016 EAMT, Tallinn.

From 2014, she teaches electroacoustic music in Tartu Heino Eller Music School and from 2016 composition as well. Formerly she has worked as a lecturer in EAMT composition department and as a teacher of music theory subjects in Tallinn Music High School. Also she has been short-term composition teacher in Georg Ots Tallinn Music School.

Age Veeroos has attended several international courses for composers, including Salvatore Sciarrino’s master class in Rome (2004), IRCAM Summer Course in Paris (2004) and Centre Acanthes Summer Course in Metz, France (2005) under the tutelage of Arditti Quartet, composers Pascal Dusapin and Wolfgang Rihm. Veeroos has attended masterclasses of Michael Finnissy, Betsy Jolas, Veli-Matti Puumala and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Veeroos´s works have been performed by Ensemble Aleph, Arditti String Quartet, NYYD Ensemble, Ensemble U:, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Ensemble Resonabilis, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Collegium Musicale, many soloists from Estonia and abroad. Her music has been presented at the Estonian Music Days Festival and Festival, festival NYYD, Estonian Composers’ Festival/International Contemporary Music Festival Afekt and others.

Psalmodia was commissioned by the University of Tübingen for its 525th anniversary celebrated in 2002. In 2005, as a commission of "Cultural Year of the Ten", project that introduced new European Union countries, Prelude for the Franz Schubert’s song "Die Nebensonnen" was premiered in Berlin Philharmonic Hall by Leipziger Sinfonietta. In the same year, she participated in six composers’ opera project "As time goes by" of Staatsoper Hannover series "Zeitoper". Veeroos's short opera Tuleloitsija (Fire Enchanter) was staged in Tallinn in 2008 as a commission of EAMT.

In 2010, Veeroos with 6-member team won the main prize at the competition of music theatre project Operare 2010, organised by Berlin Contemporary Opera, for the project GRID, which will be premiered in 2011 in Berlin.

Age Veeroos’s arrangements of two arias from Jüri Reinvere’s opera The Purge and orchestral work Norilsk were performed within the concert series Heli ja Keel in 2015. In the same year, two Veeroos’s ensemble works were premiered: Aither (Ensemble Sepia, Estonian Music Days) and Hemera (Ensemble U:, Estonian Composers’ Festival). The Matter for double bass and electronics was in the program of International Contemporary Music Festival Afekt in 2017. In the beginning of 2018, orchestral work Mõttelõng (Thread of Thought) was completed and will be performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Risto Joost at the Estonian Music Days Festival.

Age Veeroos:
"To compose music means to organise sounds. Then, sounds don´t wander randomly on their own anymore, they are in dynamic relation to each other and serve a given role in a whole. The nature of music is lively, it becomes itself in movement, in dynamic process. Certain regularity as well as mystery is intrinsic to music. Music is as dynamic and unpredictable as life. Composer stops one of these dynamic processes in time, giving it a completed form. Perhaps this experience of integrity helps us to conceive better the incomprehensible phenomena of our world. Piece of music is a world on a palm." (2018)

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