From December 9 to 16, the guitar duo ’Duo Concertante’ with Dmitri Timoshenko and Vahur Kubja will give five concerts in towns all over Estonia. The concert program includes works from composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Antoine de Lloyer, Antonio Ruiz-Pipò and world premiere of a new piece by Riho Esko Maimets – Prayer of Quiet for two guitars.
The concerts take place in Narva Castle (9.12), Tartu Town Hall (11.12), Tallinn Old Town Music House (12.12), Kuressaare Castle (14.12) and Pärnu Town Hall (16.12). All concerts start at 7 pm.
Riho Esko Maimets (b. 1988, Toronto) began his composition studies in 2004 at the Claude Watson Program at Earl Haig Secondary School with the strings teacher, Alan Torok. In 2010, he graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, Estonia, where he had studied composition under the tutelage of Helena Tulve and René Eespere. He is currently pursuing graduate studies in composition at the University of Toronto with Christos Hatzis.
Riho Esko Maimets is a composer of concert and film music as well as music for children. His work …aux étoiles for symphony orchestra, written as graduation work of EAMT, has also gained special recognition.
The music of Riho Maimets has been described as "enchantingly beautiful" and having a "unique emotional and communicative impact".
In the past year, Maimets' music has garnered international attention and recognition: in November, the 2011 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music was awarded to Riho Esko Maimets for his work squall for 2 flutes, cello and piano. The prize is given each year by the University of Toronto to a graduate student in composition whose work is judged by a blue-ribbon jury as especially promising. In July 2011, Riho was awarded the highSCORE Festival Prize 2011 in Pavia, Italy, in recognition of young composer’s "mature and individual style ".