Martti Raide

b. January 4, 1965, Tallinn
Member of the Estonian Piano Teachers Association since 1992
Member of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians since 1999
President of the Estonian Richard Wagner Society since 1998

Pianist Martti Raide, one of the demanded Lied accompanist in Estonia, has received awards for the best accompanist at many competitions. He graduated as a pianist with Prof Bruno Lukk at Tallinn State Conservatory and earned his Master’s Degree in the accompaniment class of Vilma Mallene at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT). In 2010, Raide successfully defended his PhD theses on individual style and period style in the interpretation of Estonian song classic at EAMT. He has improved his skills at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin with Wolfram Rieger and participated in the master class of Prof Irwin Cage.

As an active soloist and chamber musician, Martti Raide has performed in Estonia, Europe, the United States, Canada. Raide has a close collaboration with tenor Mati Turi but his stage partners have also been singers Helen Lokuta, Helen Lepalaan, Arete Teemets, Kädy Plaas, Jaakko Kortekangas, Rene Soom and many others. Martti Raide has premiered more than 30 works by Estonian composers, like Ester Mägi, Lepo Sumera, Raimo Kangro, Tõnu Kõrvits, Mirjam Tally, Rauno Remme, Urmas Lattikas, Mart Siimer, Toivo Tulev, Märt-Matis Lill, Pärt Uusberg. He has released two CDs: "Ussisõnad" with music by Mart Saar (Martti Raide, Estonian Public Broadcasting, 2017) and "Estonian Chamber Music of 20th century" (ARM Music, 2002).

Martti Raide is the President of the Estonian Richard Wagner Society, the Vice-President of the Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association and the member of the board of the International Society of Artur Kapp. He is the artistic director of several competitions in Estonia, frequent performer at different master courses and adult educations and participates in works of many competition juries.

Martti Raide has written many music articles and reviews, mostly for magazine Muusika and newspaper Sirp. In the season 2014/15, he was the author and artistic director of the concert series „The Beautiful Maid of the Mill“ dedicated to the 200-year-old art song. Currently, Raide is working as the pedagogue at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the head of the piano department of Tallinn Music High School.

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