August 28, 1953 Tallinn
World-renowned choral conductor Tõnu Kaljuste is the founder and long-time principal conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (1981–2001) and Tallinna Chamber Orchestra (1993–2001). Kaljuste studied conducting at the Tallinna Conservatory and the Leningrad Conservatory. He has also worked as the principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir (1994–2001) and the Netherlands Chamber Choir (1998–2000). Since 2001, he is a freelance musician. In 2004, he founded the project theatre Nargena Opera and in 2006 he launched the Nargen Festival. Kaljuste has won major choral awards and has recorded over 30 CDs. In 2013 CD „Arvo Pärt. Adam’s Lament“ (ECM, 2012) conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste was awarded the Grammy Award for the best choral performance. His repertoire ranges from medieval sacral polyphony to 20th century music, and Estonian music, including the works of Veljo Tormis, Arvo Pärt and Cyrillus Kreek, plays an important role in his work. In 2013, Tõnu Kaljuste was nominated the honorary conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber choir.
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