Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann

b. April 16, 1971 Tallinn
Member of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians since 2002

Pianist Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann is one of the most requested chamber music partners in Estonia.
Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann studied piano at the Estonian Academy of Music with Bruno Lukk, Anna Klas and Peep Lassmann in 1989–1997. She continued her studies at the chamber music department under the guidance of Marje Lohuaru, receiving Master’s Degree in 2002. Gerretz-Traksmann has completed her studies at the Sibelius Academy with Liisa
Pohjola.

Marrit
Gerretz-Traksmann won the 1st prize at Young Pianists’ Competition in Ústí nad Labem (1982).
Gerretz-Traksmann has played in different chamber ensembles, the most recognized of them is New Tallinn Trio with violinist Harry Traksmann and cellist Kaido Kelder. Trio won the II prize at the International  J. Brahms Competition in Gdansk (2000).
New Tallinn Trio has given concerts all over the Europe and in 2011 they had a successful debut in the USA with a chamber music program of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür.

Additionally Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann has performed as a soloist with orchestras like Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Bialystok Symphony Orchestra and others. Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann has recorded several works by Estonian and foreign composers in Estonian Public Broadcasting both for radio and television. She has also recorded Estonian music for ECM and Harmonia Mundi.

One of the most important breaking points in Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann’s solo career was the participation in the performance of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate at the Arvo Pärt Festival in Białystok, Poland (2003). The same piece was performed by Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann at the Arvo Pärt Days in Hradec Králové Music Forum, Czech (2011).

Since 1997, Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann has worked as the chamber music docent at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. She is also the piano and chamber music teacher in Tallinn Music High School.

The contrasts of frightening power and silent sorrow of this work [Lamentate] remind even a bit the collages made by Pärt in the 1960’s. The piano score of the work also demanded expression from utmost force to supreme tenderness. The alert and precise usage of the musical material by Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann who has shown herself well in chamber music made one listening. Played by her, the beautiful side of the work sounded chilly and solid, without any exaggeration in feeling: sad-bright, motif as repeating the prayer.
Evi Arujärv. Of God, Evil and Beauty. - Postimees, April 11, 2005

But in Lamentate (2002) for piano (Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann) and orchestra the whole new Pärt opened up for the audience. /…/ The second episode of the work where piano solo with its tenuous minor chords is in the leading role took the listeners again to the inner-looking world of sound. The piano score is not virtuosic in concert sense but in the way of sound – how to bind the silent piano notes to each other with pedal, how to express much with few tools. In which the pianist decorously succeeded, both playing alone and in ensemble with other instruments. /…/ The elaborate performance of Pärt’s creation by soloists, choir and orchestra, also the dedication of conductor Eri Klas without any reservation, brought the logical outcome – listeners in the hall that was sold out until the last seat applaused standing. This concert can be remembered for a long time!
Igor Garshnek. Arvo Pärt at Four Decade. - Sirp, April 15, 2005

The concert led by Eri Klas offered a chance to enjoy the simple power, beauty and meanings of Pärt’s music but at times it forced to strain because of a bit of false notes in the performance. The piano solos by Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann will be memorized from the festival with their beauty of sound.
Anneli Remme. Estonian Music Boiled Gastronomeously. - Areen, April 18, 2005

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