b. 17.10.1964, Tartu
Arvo Leibur is a required Estonian violin player and soloist, currently working as a concertmaster at the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Holland Symfonia.
Arvo Leibur began music studies in 1972 at the Tartu Children's Music School under the guidance of Virve Väär and continued at the Tallinn Music High School with Jüri Gerretz, graduating in 1982. In 1982–1989, he studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Irina Botchkova, also taking private lessons with Galina Barinova and Igor Bezrodny.
Arvo Leibur has worked as a soloist in Russia with Yaroslav Philharmonic (1986–1988), he has been a violin teacher at the Tallinn State Conservatoire and Kuopio Conservatoire. Since 1991, he has been working also in the Netherlands. In 1991–1995, he was a guest member of the New Sinfonietta Amsterdam, taking position of a concertmaster afterwards. In 1995–2001, he was a concertmaster of the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra (Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest) in Haarlem. Since 2001, Leibur has been a concertmaster both at Holland Symfonia and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has been a guest concertmaster at Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Nederlands Ballettorkest, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
As a soloist, Arvo Leibur has performed with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra. His repertoire comprises violin concertos by N. Paganini, F. Mendelssohn and S. Prokofiev. As a chamber musician, Leibur has often performed with guitarist Heiki Mätlik and pianists Lauri Väinmaa, Ivari Ilja and Peep Lassmann, giving concerts both in homeland and abroad. In 1997–2000, Arvo Leibur has carryed out concert series Paganiniana, Viva Espana, Õhtukellad and Tango King Astor Piazolla – with last mentioned also in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands (in 2000).
Arvo Leibur has recorded several CDs with other distinguished Estonian performers such as pianist Vardo Rumessen (Eduard Tubin's violin works; BIS, 1993), guitarist Heiki Mätlik and percussionist Terje Terasmaa. One of the CDs – Tango King Astor Piazolla, was awarded the best Estonian classical recording award in 2000. Arvo Leibur has also published solo CD Euroopa virtuoosid in 2008.
– The Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2015)
– Oranje-Nassau Order of Kingdom of the Netherlands (2008)
– Annual Award of the Estonian Music Council for his outstanding activity as a soloist and concertmaster at the Estonain National Symphony Orchestra (2005)
– Diploma at International Performers Competition (1990, Genf)
– II Prize at Kocian Youth Competition (1987, Czechoslovakia)
– Laureate at the State Violin Competition (1981, 1987)
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