On December 18 at 8 pm, cellist Aare Tammesalu will give a concert on Gotland, Visby Almedalsbiblioteket, where his co-performer is composer Mirjam Tally (electronics). The program of Christmas concert consists of Mirjam Tally’s cello piece "Birds for Company", Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C Major and Carl Vine’s "Inner World" for cello and electronics.
On December 16 at 7 pm, Ensemble U: will give a concert within the series „Ensemble U: and Estonian Public Broadcasting” at 1st studio of Estonian Radio. The eight concert of the series entitled “Minimalism” features music by Louis Andriessen, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Morton Feldman and Anton Webern.
On December 12, pianist Mihkel Poll will perform within the festival Nuova Consonanza in Rome. The concert will be held at Sala Casella, the program entitled „Portrait Estonia“ features music by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kõrvits, Lepo Sumera, Toivo Tulev and Arvo Pärt. From December 9 to 12, composer Toivo Tulev will lead a composition workshop at Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music.
From December 13 to 15, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta under the baton of conductor William Kunhardt (UK) will give three concerts in Greece: on December 13 and 14 at Piraeus Municipal Theatre and December 15 at Parnassos Hallis in Athens. The program of the concerts feature music by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Ottorino Respighi, Ástor Piazzolla, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edvard Grieg. The soloists will be soprano Arete Teemets, counter tenor Nikos Spanatis and violinist Hugo Ticciati.
On December 11 at 7 pm, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s author concert will take place in Tallinn House of Blackheads. Composer's music will be performed by Harry Traksmann (violin), Leho Karin (cello), Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann (piano), Riho Sibul and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Tüür’s music will be introduced (in Estonian) by musicologist Kerri Kotta.
On December 7, harpsichord players Julia Ageyeva Hess and Imbi Tarum will give a concert at Museo Nazionale in Ravenna. The program consists of music by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Gaspard Le Roux and Jean Philippe Rameau.
Tomorrow, festival of Estonian culture will launch in France. Festival „eLU, Vivre l’Estonie à Nantes“ takes place from December 5 to 15 and is organised by centre for contemporary arts Le Lieu Unique in cooperation with several local partners, Estonian Embassy in Paris, Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. Program includes author concert of composer Evelin Seppar and concert of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, festival Tallinn Music Week will introduce several Estonian musicians.
From December 4 to 6, Nordic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Anu Tali, will open its 17th season with concerts at Vanemuine Concert House in Tartu and Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. The program consists of music by Arvo Pärt, Johannes Brahms and Fryderyk Chopin, featuring pianist Ivari Ilja.
From December 3 to 6, three concerts in Dublin and Galway will feature Estonian and Ireland musicians: Toomas Vavilov (clarinet), Arvo Leibur (violin), Maano Männi (violin), Aare Tammesalu (cello), Clare McCague (harp, Ireland) and Dermot Dunne (accordion, Ireland).
Today, on December 2, The Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra under the baton of Jerome Hoberman will give the Asian premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Requiem (1994). Program includes also Mozart’s Requiem. Concert will take place on Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.
Concerts of pianist Tanel Joamets with pianist Polina Tontshuk in Russia which began on November 28, will continue with four concerts also from December 1 to 4 in Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, Barnaul and Kuibyshev. Pianists will perform (two pianos, four-hands) Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Solo recitals in Russia will be held on December 4 in Karasuk and December 6 in Barabinsk.
This Saturday, November 29, Jüri Reinvere’s opera „Peer Gynt“ will be first performed in Oslo. Opera based on Henrik Ibsen’s play was a commission of Norwegian National Opera and observes the Peer Gynt phenomenon as a national and international Norwegian symbol. Opera house introduces Reinvere’s music also on November 30, when the concert of Ensemble Cyberstudio and Male Quartet of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will take place in the Second House.
This weekend, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Requiem for soloists, mixed choir, piano and strings will be performed under the direction of Kristjan Järvi in Germany. Musicians are MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
On November 21 at 7 pm, the 2nd concert of the Masterclass series of Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will present Edurard Tubin’s Double Bass Concerto (1948). It will be performed by Latvian double-bassist Gunārs Upatnieks and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Olari Elts. The program also consists of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor an Passacaglia (arr Christian von Borries) by Alban Berg.
On November 20, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra under tha baton of Paul Mägi will perform René Eespere’s „Respectus“ (2013). The program includes also Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto in A minor (soloist Ulf Wallin) and Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Symphony No. 2. Concert will take place in Uppsala Concert & Congress Hall.
On November 15, two new choral works will be premiered: Riho Esko Maimets’s „Magnificat“ in Hague and Jonas Tarm’s „Aeg“ in New York.
Risto Joost has been appointed the new artistic director of MDR Leipzig Radio Choir, assuming the post in season 2015/2016. The contract between Joost and choir is initially signed for two years with an extension option for two more years.
From November 14 to 16, Estonian National Male Choir under the guidance of its chief conductor Mikk Üleoja will celebrate its 70th anniversary with three concerts in Viljandi, Tartu and Tallinn. The program of jubilee concerts consists of „Бог Господь“ („Bog Gospodj“) and „Molitva“ by Galina Grigorjeva, „O oriens” by Toivo Tulev and choral music by Franz Schubert, Ēriks Ešenvalds, James MacMillan and Giovanni Bonato.
On November 15, Mihkel Kerem (violin) and Exeter Symphony Orchestra under the baton of orchestra’s chief conductor Brian Northcott perform Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto, Op. 35. The concert entitled “The Pity of War” will be held at Southernhay United Reformed Church Exeter.
This Saturday, on November 15, Tõnu Kõrvits’s choral cycle „Kreek’s Notebook“ will be performed in Saratoga Springs, New York. On November 22, „Kreek’s Notebook“ will be performed in Caen, France, by Schola de l’Orne and Orchestre Régional de Basse-Normandie under the baton of Alexandra Cravero at the concert „Week-End Baltique“ in Notre-Dame de la Gloriette.
On November 14, Urmas Sisask’s Starry Sky Cycle No. 2 „Southern Sky“, Op. 52 (1994–1995) will be performed in Kiwa, Tokyo. Extensive piece will be performed by Yuko Yoshioka (piano), Hiromichi Takagi (reader) and Tetsuo Aruga (video). Concert is organised by Music Potpourri in cooperation with Estonian Music Project founded by Japanes pianist Takahiro Akiba and Japan-Estonia Friendship Association.
On November 13, Tauno Aints’s opera „Rehepapp“ will be staged in Finnish National Opera as a visiting production of Vanemuine Theatre. A day earlier, also Henry Purcell’s „The Fairy-Queen“ will be performed by Vanemuine company.
Jaan Rääts’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra No. 2, Op. 78 (1987) is in the program of Orchestre des Pays de Savoie under the baton of Nicolas Chalvin. Rääts’ Concertof ro trumpet, piano and orchestra, Op. 92 will be released on orchestra’s CD „Orient-Occident“ by Indésens Records.
On October 24, pianist, improviser and electronic musician Taavi Kerikmäe gave a solo recital at Eva Herz Teatro in Recife within the framework of contemporary music festival “Virtuosi Século XXI” (“Virtuosos of XXIst Century”). The program consisted of music by Arvo Pärt, Jaan Koha, Sylvano Bussotti, Cornelius Cardew, Ilza Nogueira and others and free improvisations. Kerikmäe also gave a lecture about Estonian contemporary music on the same day at Instituto JCPM.
Chamber choir Voces Musicales performs with 1000 choral singers at gala concert conducted by Andres Mustonen in Brussels
From November 5 to 9, chamber choir Voces Musicales will participate in grand musical project „1000 Voices for Peace“ marking 100 years since the beginning of World War One. The project presents 17 concerts, featuring 39 choirs from all over the world at different concert venues in Belgium. A week of meeting and singing together will end with final concert, conducted by Andres Mustonen on November 9 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg Basilica).
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra’s All Souls’ Day concert with music by Arvo Pärt and Johann Sebastian Bach
On November 2 at 4 pm, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste will give a concert on All Souls’ Day at St. Charles’s Church in Tallinn. The program consists of music by Arvo Pärt and Johann Sebastaian Bach. Orchestra will be joined by mixed choir of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
On October 29, Risto Joost will conduct the premiere performance of Finnish composer and choral conductor Pekka Kostiainen’s Requiem in Finland. The concert will be held at 7 pm at Taulumäki Church in Jyväskylä, featuring soloists, Musica Choir and Jyväskylä Sinfonia.
On October 31 to November 8, chamber choir Collegium Musicale, conducted by Miina Pärn and Endrik Üksvärav, will give four All Souls’ Day concerts in Pärnu, Tartu, Jõhvi and Tallinn. The program consists of music by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Erkki-Sven Tüür. The choir will be joined by pianist Johan Randvere (in Pärnu and Jõhvi) and organist Ene Salumäe (in Tartu and Tallinn).
From October 24 to November 1, International Pianists Festival Piano 2014 will be held in Tallinn for the 9th time. The program of the festival presents 14 concerts, featuring acknowledged pianists from Estonia, UK, Lithuania, France, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and USA. All concerts will take place at Estonia Concert Hall.
On October 25 at 4 pm, concert, featuring Leonora Palu (flute) and Diana Liiv (piano) within series Musica Sacra will be held at Elisabeth Church in Pärnu. The program consists of music by Malle Maltis, Jüri Reinvere, Pavel Karmanov and Tōru Takemitsu.
The first festival to introduce music of Baltic states in China takes place from October 25 to November 22. More than half of the festival program presents Estonian music. The performers are Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Arsis Handbell Ensemble, Cello Quartet C-JAM and pianist Rein Rannap, who will give alltogether 20 concerts. Performers were selected by the delegacy of China Association of Performing Arts during the visit to Baltic countries.
In the near future, Pärt’s music can be listened in concerts of MDR Sinfonieorchester and MDR Rundfunkchor under the baton of Kristjan Järvi, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Choir with Tõnu Kaljuste.
Today, the Japan Art Association will award Arvo Pärt and four other laureates from other art fields with the culture prize „The Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu“. The global arts prize founded in the memory of Prince Takamatsu has been given out by the Japanese imperial family since 1989. Arvo Pärt is the first Estonian who has received the Praemium Imperiale.
From October 14 to 18, Viljandi Guitar Festival will be held for the 7th time in Viljandi. Festival features concerts of musicians both from Estonia and abroad (USA, Sweden, France, Finland, UK) at Estonian Traditional Music Center, Old Water Tower, Viljandi Puppet Theatre, Jazz Club and St. John’s Church. Additionally, workshops for students, night jams, guitars’ craftsmen day will take place and annual Tiit Paulus Young Guitar Palyer’s Prize will be given out.
Erkki-Sven Tüür’s "Insula deserta" (1989) and "Lighthouse" (1997) for string orchestra will be performed in few weeks in Germany and Latvia.
From October 4 to 13, concerts of the project „The Emerging Classical Talent in the EU“ will be held in United Kingdom and Sweden with participation of Estonian musicians Virgo Veldi (saxophone), Pille Lill (soprano), Andreas Lend (cello) and Oksana Sinkova (flute). The concerts features also Camerata Nordica String Orchestra (Sweden), Sinfonia Cymru String Quartet (Wales), Swedish Wind Ensemble Quintet, Amy Elizabeth Corkery (soprano, Australia), Angela Giovio (mezzo-soprano, Italy) and Joonas Antti Ilari Asikainen (baritone, Finland).
From 9 to 12 October, International Tartu Early Music Festival “Orient et Orccident” will be held for the 19th time. Festival focuses mainly on medieval European music and oriental culture connected with early European culture, especially medieval period, when Europe was affected by Arabic culture. This year’s musical encounters will bring together top musicians from China, Iran, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Estonia.
From 10 to 13 October, ensemble Resonabilis will give three concerts in Ireland, two of them form a part of Evening of Irish and Estonian contemporary music and poetry. The program of the concerts consists of music by Malle Maltis, Age Veeroos, Helena Tulve and Victor Lazzarini, John Buckley, Jane O'Leary and Eugene Birman.
On October 1, International Music Day, the laureates of music awards of the year 2014 were announced. Ceremony took place in Tallinn, at Shkoda Ice Arena where Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Risto Joost performed. The stage director of the evening was Veiko Tubin, video artist was Elmer Värk.
Record company Ondine has released Erkki-Sven Tüür’s author-CD, that consists of Symphony No. 5 for electric guitar, orchestra and bigband (2004) and Accordion Concerto „Prophecy“. Works are performed by Helisinki Philharmonic Orchestra under tha baton of Olari Elts, soloists are Nguyên Lê (electric guitar) and Mika Väyrynen (accordion).
Composer Ülo Krigul received reputable Prince Pierre Foundation prize “Young Musicians Favorite Choice” for “Swan Bone City” for soprano and symphony orchestra. It was handed over at Opéra de Monte-Carlo on September 30.
Martin Kuuskmann will perform with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Risto Joost on October 3 at Jõhvi Concert Hall, October 4 at Estonia Concert Hall and October 5 at Vanemuine Concert Hall. On the program will be music by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn.
On October 3 at 7 pm, chamber choir Collegium Musicale and its chief conductor Endrik Üksvärav celebrates its 4th birthday with concert entitled “On the Way to Japan” at St. Nicholas’s Church in Tallinn. Besides the music by Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Mirjam Tally and Veljo Tormis, the program also consists of music by Japanese composers. From October 8 to 18, the choir participates in Karuizawa International Choral Festival in Japan.
On October 3, concert entitled „Josephslegende“ by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and pianist Kalle Randalu will take place at Estonia Concert Hall. The program consists of Bohuslav Martinů’s suites from „Špalíček”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19 and Richard Strauss’ symphonic fragment from “Josephslegende” (“The Legend of Joseph”) Op. 63.
On October 2, The Sixteen will perform Tõnu Kõrvits’s "Stabat Mater". Work premiered by the same choir in June in London, will be performed this time in Scotland, Cumnock St. John’s Church at the festival The Cumnock Tryst (artistic director James MacMillan).
Kymi Sinfonietta will give concerts under the baton of Olari Elts on October 1 at Kotka Concert Hall and October 2 at Kuusankoski Hall. The program consists of Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Brett Dean’s „Testament“ and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 „Fate“. The soloist will be Estonian pianist Ivari Ilja.
On October 1 at 7 pm, premiere performance of new stage work „The Last of the Blackheads“ with music by Tõnis Kaumann will take place at different halls in House of the Blackheads in Tallinn. It is based on Indrek Hargla’s play about Brotherhood of Blackheads and will be performed by Tanel Saar, Meelis Põdersoo, Katariina Ratasepp and Martin Kõiv, medieval music ensemble Rondellus and dancers. „The Last of the Blackheads“ is directed by Tanel Saar and Aare Toikka. Next performances will be held on October 3 and 5 at 7 pm.
Today, the traditional EAMT autumn music festival, this year bearing the name Fresh Music Festival Autumnfest, begins. A number of concerts and mastercourses will take place during the week. The performers are Stanislav Pronin (USA), clarinettist Roberta Gottardi (Italy), composer Daniele Bravi (Italy), Ensemble Roentgen Connection (Netherlands), Hoca Nasreddin Trio (Turkey), Helsinki Chamber Choir, Uusinta Chamber Ensemble (Finland), Ensemble U: and UMA, Ensemble Avarus and composition students of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
From September 25 to 27, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under the baton of its new artistic director and chief conductor Kaspars Putniņš will open its season with three concerts in Tartu, Pärnu and Tallinn. The program consists of “German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms (version with two pianos) featuring soloists Elīna Shimkus (soprano, Latvia) and Olari Viikholm (baritone), pianists Diana Ketler (Latvia/UK) and Konstantin Lifschitz (Russia/Switzerland).
From September 19 to October 9, International Festival of Orthodox Sacred Music Credo will be held for the 21st time. The main goal of the festival is the preservation, development and popularization of Orthodox musical culture. The concerts of the festival will take place at churches in Tallinn, Keila and Rakvere and St. John’s Church in St. Petersburg. Also the choir competition for church, monastery and nunnery choirs as well as secular groups and children’s choirs who perform sacred music will be held.
On September 19 at 7 pm, season opening concert of the series “Music for Estonia” will be held at Mooste Manor featuring Tallinn Chamber Orchestra with soloists Marcel Johannes Kits (cello) and Pipilota Neostus (flute) under the baton of Risto Joost.
On September 19 season 2014/2015 opening concerts will take place at Vanemuine Concert Hall and Pärnu Concert Hall. The two concerts include performers Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, Vanemuine Opera Choir and Tartu Youth Choir under the baton of Paul Mägi, Aile Asszonyi (soprano), Aldo Caputo (tenor), Jânis Apeinis (baritone), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Felix Korobov and Peeter Laul (piano).
From September 13 to October 1, David Oistrakh Festival “Homeland Tune” will be held in Sillamäe. The festival continues the tradition started years ago in Pärnu. This year’s festival presents 10 concerts at Sillamäe Culture Centre and Sillamäe Roman Catholic Church. The festival features among others, soprano Patricia Rosario (India/UK), Stravinsky String Quartet (Russia), Čiurlionis String Quartet (Lithuania), Pushkin Quintet (Finland), violinst Iva Nedeva (Bulgaria), harpsichordist Elina Mustonen (Finland), pianist Aleksander Bolotin (Russia) and several acknowledged Estonian musicians.
Erkki-Sven Tüür’s "Insula deserta" for string orchestra (1989) is in the program of Scottish Ensemble's concert titled as "20th-Century Perspectives: City Spaces & Strings" on September 12 and 13. On Saturday, Tüür’s music can be listened also in Germany – his Piano Sonata will be performed at the piano recital "Musik des Nordens" of Lydia Maria Bader in Bad Aibling.
From september 4 to 6 Loviisa Sibelius Festival will be held for 21th time in Finland. On the prgramme Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor Op.47 will be performed by Lohja City Orchestra and Estonian violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny. The program includes on the participation of Bezrodny also Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major and Ernst von Dohnányi Piano Quintet No. 1 E major.
From September 2 to 11, Arvo Pärt’s Days will end the Nargenfestival, started in June. Arvo Pärt’s Days, featuring Vox Clamantis, Latvian Radio Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, YXUS Ensemble and several soloists will present six concerts dedicated to the music of Pärt.
On September 3, concert of the Ensemble Blumina will take place at 5th Russian Chamber Music Festival in Hamburg. Besides Estonian oboist Kalev Kuljus (solo oboist of the NDR Symphony Orchestra), the ensemble comprise musicians Elisaveta Blumina (piano, founder of the ensemble) and Mathias Baier (solo bassoonist of the Staatskapelle Berlin).
On August 24 at 7 pm, Vsevolod Pozdejev’s chamber opera "Sieben Briefe zur Begegnung" will be performed at the Saisonöffnungsfest of Luzern Theatre. Work written in 2014 is based on the correspondence of Rainer Maria Rilke and Marina Tsvetayeva. Stage director and author of libretto is Eva Vorobjova.
From August 21 to 31, Tallinn Chamber Music Festival will be held for the 10th time in Tallinn. The 11 concerts of the jubilee festival will be presenting well-known artists from Estonia and abroad: early music ensemble Ensemble Ausonia (Belgium), Amael Piano Trio (Slovenia), Tenso Europe Chamber Choir with conductor Kaspars Putniņš, Petr Nouzovsky (cello, Czech), Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello, Finland), Mariusz Rutkowski (piano, Poland), Agata Savitska (flute, Poola), Arete Teemets (soprano), Oliver Kuusik (tenor), Andreas Lend (cello), Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin), Johanna Vahermägi (viola), Ivari Ilja (piano), Irina Zahharenkova (piano), Ralf Taal (piano), Pille Lill (soprano), Mari Tampere-Bezrodny (violin), Atlan Karp (baritone), Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin (violin), Kristina Kriit (violin), Neeme Ots (trumpet), Madis Kari (clarinet), Piia Paemurru (piano), Marko Martin (piano), Oksana Sinkova (flute) and Tatjana Lepnurm (harp).
Form August 20 to 24, 100th anniversary of Tallinn Dome Church’s organ will be celebrated with Organ Week “Ladegast-Sauer Organ 100 Years”. The program of Organ Week consists of 6 concerts and festive mass, new work by Toomas Trass will be premiered, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s work will receive Estonian premiere.
Orthodox Singers will continue concerts dedicated to the 25th jubilee of the ensemble. The concerts will take place in August and September at Kadrina Church of St. Catherine, Otepää St Mary's Lutheran Church, St. Martin’s Church in Türi and Rakvere Church of the Trinity.
From August 15 to 17, Pühalepa Music Festival will take place for the third time on the island Hiiumaa. Festival focuses on early and contemporary music, including works of Erkki-Sven Tüür, who was born on Hiiumaa. The festival, offering five different and high level concerts in Pühalepa Church, will feature Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, twins Katariina Maria Kits (violin) and Marcel Johannes Kits (cello), baroque ensemble Floridante, Peep Lassmann (piano), Kalervo Kulmala (horn), Endrik Üksvärav (tenor), chamber choir Collegium Musicale and ensemble Ulmus Domini.
From August 8 to 17, Birgitta Festival will take place in the ruins of the convent of St. Bridget, Tallinn. This year the festival celibrates its 10th and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra’s 20th anniversary, also festival’s artistic director maestro Eri Klas’s 75th birthday. The program of the festival offers Mass by Leonard Bernstein, ballet „Spartacus“ by Aram Khachaturian, operas „The Abduction from the Seraglio“ by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and „A Masked Ball“ by Giuseppe Verdi and Eri Klas opera gala. Guests of the festival include State Choir Latvija, St. Peterburg State Academic Theatre named after Leonid Yacobson, opera theater Biel Solothurn form Switzerland and opera theatre Helikon from Moscow.
This week, organist Ulla Krigul will give the premiere of Tõnu Kõrvits’s organ work "Hymn to the Blue Sky". On August 6, Kõrvits’s new guitar work "Serenade" will be performed by Mari Mäntyla on 10-string guitar at the Copenhagen Guitar Festival.
On June 22, brand new opera “Icarus” by Evelin Seppar will receive premiere at Amsterdam Conservatory. Performed by mezzo-soprano Mari Askvik and bass Philip Barkhudarov with a vocal and instrumental ensemble of Amsterdam Conservatory. Staged by Ingrid Askvik and conducted by Lodewijk van der Ree.
From June 17 to 23, Suure-Jaani Music Festival will be held for the 17th time in Suure-Jaani. Grandiose music festival offers several concerts in different concert venues where acknowledged Estonian musicians and collectives, also guests from Russia and Canada will perform. The festival also presents V Mart Saar Competition for singers, II Villem Kapp Composition Competition, nationwide spiritual song day, opening of photo exhibition and many other events. The program of the festival features Hugo Lepnurm’s cantata „Redemption in Christ“ and Estonian premiere of Mirjam Tally’s „In the Company of Birds“.
On June 19, Tõnu Kõrvits’s "Moonlight, Summer Moonlight" (text: Emily Jane Brontë) for voice, violin, cello and piano will be premiered in Germany. Piece will be performed by Iris Oja (mezzo soprano), Harry Traksmann (violin), Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann (piano) and Anja Lechner (cello). Concert will take place in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Nieheim in Gut Holzhausen and is part of the literary and music festival "Wege durch das Land".
On June 15 concert dedicated to Jean-Philippe Rameau’s music will take place at Festival de l'Abbaye de Saint-Michel in France. The performers will be Ensemble Ausonia, Arete Teemets (soprano), Pauline Claes (mezzo-soprano), Oliver Kuusik (tenor), Florent Baffi (baritone) and Frederick Haas (conductor and harpsichord).
In June, three-month festival Nargen Festival starts its ninth season with events in Tallinn, Haapsalu and Naissaar island. The opening concert on June 9 at Estonia Concert Hall features Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and soloists Malin Hartelius (soprano, Sweden) and Andres Kaljuste (viola) under the guidance of Tõnu Kaljuste. The festival will also present Cyrillus Kreek Day’s in Haapsalu on June 14 to 15 where Tõnu Kõrvits’s new piece “By the River of Babylon” will be premiered and Naissaar Island’s 1st Song Festival on June 27 to 29.
The Pille Lill Music Fund supports the development of talented professional musicians by organizing concerts both in Estonia and abroad. In June, five concerts will take place in Tallinn, Laagna, Otepää and Simuna, performers will be duos Aarne Ots (trumpet) and Ralf Taal (piano), Oksana Sinkova (flute) and Tatjana Lepnurm (harp), Atlan Karp (bariton) and Kai Ratassepp (piano), Oksana Sinkova (flute) and Kadri Ploompuu (organ), Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin (violin) and Kirill Boev (organ).
From June 5 to 8, Türi Spring Festival which brings together classical music and nature will be held for the 8th time in Türi. This year the festival is focusing to the insects. Festival features harpsichordist Julia Ageyeva Hess, Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, percussionist Heigo Rosin with Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra and ensemble Neue Hofkapelle Graz from Austria. Also public lectures and guided nature walk will take place.
From June 2–8, Estonian Composers’ Festival will be held in Tartu for the 13th time. New Works by Estonian composers Jüri Reinvere, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Lauri Jõeleht, Liisa Hirsch, Mart Siimer, Age Veeroos ja Monika Mattiesen will be premiered. The seven-day festival features acknowledged musicians from Estonia and outstanding guests from Germany and Denmark.
Tõnu Kõrvits’s new choral work Stabat Mater will be premiered by The Sixteen in LSO St. Luke’s on June 4. The concert project „Stabat Mater 2014: Spirit, Strength & Sorrow“ presents three new Stabat Maters commissioned by the Genesis Foundation from composers Alissa Firsova, Tõnu Kõrvits and Matthew Martin.
The next concerts in the series Heli ja Keel (Sound and Language) are dedicated to the oeuvre of composer Timo Steiner and Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri. The concerts will be held on May 31 at Hopner House in Tallinn and June 2 at Assembly Hall of the Universty of Tartu. The concerts will feature string quartet Prezioso, Diana Liiv (piano), Pre-School Choir of Children Music Studio by Estonian Television (in Tallinn) and toddlers’ choirs of singing studios „Fa-Diees“ and „Laulupesa“ (in Tartu) and Ben Okri (word).
The final concerts of Nordic Symphony Orchestra’s 16th season will be held under the baton of Anu Tali on May 29 at Vanemuine Concert Hall and May 30-31 at Estonia Concert Hall. The orchestra will perform with renowned violinist Isabelle van Keulen, the program comprises Arvo Pärt’s „Fratres“, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s „Scheherazade“.
At the end of May, oboist Heli Ernits will give two concerts with String quartet from the Rostock University of Music and Theatre. The quartet comprises musicians Alejandro Carrillo (violin, Venezuela), Laura Kania (violin, Germany), Germán de Evan (viola, Spain) and Valentin Preuß (cello, Germany). On the program will be beautiful classical music for oboe and strings by composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arnold Bax, Heino Eller, Veljo Tormis and Tõnu Kõrvits.
World premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Missa Brevis, Australian premiere of orchestral work De Produndis
Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Missa Brevis (2013) will be premiered on May 29 in Weimar Herderkirche by Ensemble EXtraCHORd (conductor Martin Ramroth). This 15-minute a cappella work for mixed choir is commissioned work of the 9. German Choir Competition (Deutscher Chorwettbewerb). Orchestral work De Profundis (2013) – joint commission of Finnish, Estonian and Australian orchestras – reaches Perth in the end of this week after premieres in Helsinki and Tallinn.
From May 27 to June 2, four concerts devoted to the music of Arvo Pärt will be held in the US. Concerts, taking place in New York City and Washington, DC will feature performers closely associated with Pärt’s music – Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste, also the orchestra members Harry Traksmann (violin), Laur Eensalu (viola), Leho Karin (cello) and Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann (piano) with mezzo soprano Iris Oja. The program of the concerts also includes the world premiere of a new arrangement of "My Heart’s in the Highlands". The concerts will take place in the presence of composer Arvo Pärt.
On May 24 at 4 pm, new works by Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and Ülo Krigul will receive their premiere at St. Elizabeth’s Chuch in Pärnu within the series Musica Sacra. New works will be performed by soprano Kai Kallastu and viola player Talvi Nurgamaa.
On May 21, the experimental orchestral project LAB Orchestra will perform at concert venue Telliskivi Loomelinnak. The program entitled „Take a Seat“ gives the audience opportunity to listen concert from any place in the hall and change different perspectives of listening meanwhile the orchestra plays. On the program will be music by composers Edvard Grieg, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Wojciech Kilar. Conductor is Tanel Nurk.
On May 18 and 19, chamber choir Voces Musicales under the guidance of young conductor Sander Tamm will give two concerts entitled „Source of Wisdom“ at St. John’s Church in Tartu and St. Nocholas’s Church in Tallinn. The program consists of choral songs where composers has used folklore, religious and mythological texts. Music by Veljo Tormis, Raimo Kangro, Piret Rips-Laul, Sander Sokk, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Holst, Eric Whitacre, Z. Randall Stroop, Pierre Certon, Moses Hogan and R. C. Martin will be performed.
Dutch chamber choir Kwintessens has put together a program of Estonian music titled as "Bridge of Song" that contains works by Veljo Tormis, Arvo Pärt, Pärt Uusberg and Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miškinis. Choir will perform twice in churches in Hague: on May 17 in Agneskerk and May 24 in Noorderkerk.
On May 15, Hugo Lepnurm’s cantata “Redemption in Christ” will be performed by chamber Choir Collegium Musicale and organist Piret Aidulo under the guidance of young conductor Allan Tamme at St. Michael’s Swedish Church in Tallinn at 7 pm.
From May 14 to 18, cellist Silver Ainomäe will participate as a soloist at Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s concerts at Newman Center and Boettcher Concert Hall in Colorado, Denver. The program comprise Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56 („Triple Concerto“), with Silver Ainomäe soloists will be Yumi Hwang-Williams (violin) and Andrew Litton (piano).
Longtime admirer and specialist of Estonian music, Japanese pianist Takahiro Akiba, will give a concert of Estonian music on May 9 in Tokyo Gotanda Cultural Center Recital Hall. Concert entitled „Sound as Landscape. Evening of the Estonian Chamber Music“ celebrates the 10th anniversary of Estonian Music Project.
On May 9 at 5.30 pm, doctoral concert entitled „Different harmonies I“ of Estonian-based German composer Hans-Gunter Lock will be held at Chamber Hall of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. His music will be performed by conceptual music theatre ensemble REPOO Ensemble. The program consists of music where Lock has used Bohlen-Pierce scale and twelve-tone technique.
On May 1, concert entitled “Future Stars and Kreek’s Notebook by Kõrvits” will take place in Main Street Baptist Chruch in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music symphony season finale presents the program of Estonian music performed by choir and orchestra under the baton of Gregory A. Fuller. Program includes works by Tõnu Kõrvits, Cyrillus Kreek and Galina Grigorjeva.
Jaan Rääts’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 16, arranged for string quartet by Mihkel Kerem, represents Estonia at the Festival L’Europe en Musique that will take place in Brussels Musical Instruments Museum from April 23 to 27.
On April 23, Estonian Choral Association in collaboration with Estonian Composers’ Union are jointly organising a new choral music concert at Tallinn Methodist Church at 7 pm. New choral works by composers Tauno Aints, Liisa Hirsch, Maria Kõrvits, Tõnu Kõrvits, Urmas Lattikas, Riho Esko Maimets, Evelin Seppar, Mart Siimer, Mirjam Tally, Veljo Tormis, Mari Vihmand and Peeter Volkonski will receive their premiere, also works by Piret Rips-Laul, Pärt Uusberg and Mariliis Valkonen will be performed.
From April 24 to 27, the IX Nordic Student Singers’ Summit (NSSS) will take place in Tartu. 1400 student singers form Estonia, Finland, Norway and Sweden will participate. The program of the festival offers an opening concert, choir concerts, a big gala concert featuring the premiere of Maria Kõrvits’s new work, gala dinner, workshop for conductors and open are Festival Club and Music Corner.
On Wednesday, Basel Symphony Orchestra will launch its tour to England and Wales. Program „More than Minimal“ presents music by Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Michael Nyman and Philip Glass. Arvo Pärt’s "These Words..." for strings and percussion and "Lamentate" for piano and orchestra will be performed alternately in different evenings. Orchestra will be conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.
Estonian singer Arete Teemets won first prize at Flame competition in Paris. The competition that took place for 25th time comprised more than 50 singers from several countries in classical singing category.
On Saturday, April 19, Tõnu Kõrvits’s work for solo bassoon will be premiered at the Ghent Bassoon Festival in Belgium. Three-part work bears the title "Solitudes" and will be performed by Bram van Sambeek – Dutch bassoon player and pedagogue of Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam.
On April 18 at 7 pm, vocal symphonic concert of Good Friday will take place in Estonia Concert Hall. Performers are Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and soloists Ksenia Kuchukova (soprano), Helen Lepalaan (mezzo soprano), Mati Turi (tenor) and Uku Joller (bass) under the baton of Tõnu Kaljuste. Program presents the oratorio version of Joseph Haydn’s "The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour On the Cross" and Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Requiem.
From April 18 to 27, International Jazz Festival Jazzkaar will be held for the 25th time. The concerts of the jubilee festival will mostly take place at Sea Pavillion, the home of the festival, but also at Sea Plane Harbour, Nokia Concert House and Theatre NO99 Jazz Club. Jazzkaar will present Ülo Kirgul’s „Flight No JK025“ premiere performance, acknowledged Estonian jazz musicians and outstanding guest performers, e.g. two musicians from the absolute top of jazz music today – guitarist Pat Metheny with his Unity Group and singer Cassandra Wilson from USA . The program of the festival also offers concerts for children, program of music films, photo exhibitions and pop-up concerts.
On April 15 at 7 pm, sixth concert of the series of Ensemble U: and Estonian Public Broadcasting will take place in 1st studio of Estonian Radio. Concert entitled „Electronics“ comprise works by John Cage, Taavi Kerikmäe, Kaija Saariaho and Tristan Murail. Concert will be broadcast live on Klassikaraadio.
On April 13, composer recital entitled „In Paradisum“ of Galina Grigorjeva and new CD presentation of Grigorjeva’s works will be held at Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. The music will be peformed by Estonian National Male Choir under the guidance of its chief conductor Mikk Üleoja and cellist Allar Kaasik. In addition to the works recorded to the author-CD, the program of the concert also features world premiere of brand new work “Bog Gospod’” (“God Is the Lord”).
Orthodox Singers will celebrate their 25th jubilee with concerts all over Estonia. The program consists of the most beautiful works from different eras and styles including Belarusian, Greece, Serbian and Bulgarian music as well as religious works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Pavel Tchesnokov. It is also the first time for the collective to perform so-called Russian Baroque music - Resurrection Canon, odes and the religious music oeuvre of Czar Peter the Great.
Corelli Baroque Orchestra will perform on April 12 at Tartu St. John's Church and April 13 at Tallinn St. John's Church. The program dedicated to Holy Week comprise Johann Sebastian Bach’s Solo cantatas for alto BWV 54 and 170 and Antonio Vivaldi’s motet "Filiae maestae Jerusalem" RV 638 , also Passion-spirited orchestral works from baroque era. The concert features countertenor Ka Bo Chan, conductor is Martin Sildos.
On April 11, Nicholas Horvath’s biggest project of recent years – Glass Worlds – will realise in Paris. Glass Worlds is a unique concert of all Philip Glass’ piano music and 92 exclusive homages from all around the world. Among them there are two pieces from Estonian composers: Liis Viira’s "Glazzolla & Glaert" and Mihkel Kerem’s "Prelude".
Estonian violinist Mari Poll will perform on April 10 with pianist pianist Jennifer Hughes at St John's Smith Square in London. The program consists of Sergei Prokofjev’s „The Five Melodies for violin and piano“, George Enescu Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 and Eugène Ysaÿe "Poème Élégiaque" Op. 12.
From April 9 to 20, the 9th Estonian Harpischord Festival will be held. Festival seven concerts, taking place at Tallinn Town Hall, Estonian History Museum, Kõltsu manor, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Café Kloostri ait and House of Blackheads feature renowned performers from USA, Germany, Austria, Finland and Estonia, also young Estonian harpsichord players will perform. Rein Rannap’s new work „Left in the Sand“ for two harpsichords will receive its premiere at opening concert on April 9.
Tomorrow, on April 8 at 6 pm, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta under the baton of Andres Mustonen will perform at Klaipėda Music Spring (March 28–April 24) – Lithuanian classical music festival with the longest tradition. Concert in the Klaipėda Concert Hall will present Erkki-Sven Tüür’s "Illusion", Peeter Vähi’s Guitar Concerto No. 2 "Antarctic Concerto" (soloist Rémi Boucher) and Galina Grigorjeva’s "Song on the Occasion of Czarina Yevdokia Taking the Veil".
On 6h of April concert of Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra will take place at Stadttheater Flensburg. On the program will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C featuring oboist Kalev Kuljus. Concerts of Ensemble Blumina will take place on April 4 in Stade and April 5 in Villa Papendorf, Rostock. Ensemble Blumina comprise musicians Kalev Kuljus (oboe), Elisavets Blumina (piano) and Mathias Baier (bassoon).
From 5 to 11 April, Estonian Music Days Festival will be held for the 35th time in Tallinn. This year the festival focuses on symphonic large-scale works and features premieres of new works by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve, Toivo Tulev, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes, Märt-Matis Lill, Pärt Uusberg, Mirjam Tally, Margo Kõlar, Maria Kõrvits, Tõnis Kaumann and Liis Viira. The program of Estonian Music Days offers 12 concerts, taking place at St. Nicholas’s Church, Seaplane Harbour, Kanuti Gildi Hall, Estonia Concert Hall and elsewhere, and meetings with composers before the concert.
Estonian musicians Kristi Mühling (kannel), Arete Teemets (soprano) and Aare Tammesalu (cello) will give three concerts in Cork and Dublin in Ireland this week. Programs consists of Estonian folk music and newer and older works by Estonian composers.
From March 27–29, the biggest showcase festival in the Nordic-Baltic Region – Tallinn Music Week – brings together around 800 music industry players, the artist line-up presents more than 200 Estonian and international acts from diverse musical genres. Panelists of the two-day music industry conference include both industry professionals from abroad as well as local specialists. Showcase of classical talents will take place on March 27 in Nokia Concert Hall. Estonian composers will be introduced together with Estonian Music Days Festival on March 28 in Tallinn House of Blackheads and March 29 in Telliskivi Hall together with Göteborg Art Sounds festival.
On March 28, clarinet concerto „Peregrinus ecstaticus” (2012) by Erkki-Sven Tüür will receive its Estonian premiere at Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn at 7 pm. It will be performed by Christoffer Sundqvist and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hannu Lintu. The program also consists of music by Richard Wagner and Ferenc Liszt.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s concerts comprising various programs will take place from March 25 to 29 in three countries – at Oslo International Church Music Festival in Norway, Maribor’s Narodni Dom in Slovenia and Easter Festival Imago Dei in Austria.
Quartet SaxEst will give concert dedicated to ensemble’s 15th birthday on 25th of March at Estonia Concert Hall. The programme consists of music by Giovanni Bolzoni, Carl Maria von Weber, Enjott Schoneider ect. SaxEst comprise musicians Ivo Lille (alto saxophone), Virgo Veldi (alto saxophone), Lauri Sepp (tenor saxophone) and Sulev Sommer (baritone saxophone). Concert features also Ulla Krigul (organ) and Madis Kari (clarinet).
Within the framework of project Zooming:Estonia, Sepia Ensemble will perform music by Galina Grigorjeva, Mari Vihmand, Kerri Kotta, Tõnu Kõrvits, Märt-Matis Lill, Tatjana Kozlova, Witold Szalonek and Kazimierz Serocki in Poznań on March 23.
From March 21 to 23, Estonian National Male Choir under conduction of Kaspar Mänd will give three concerts in Mooste, Kuusalu and Alatskivi. These concerts which are dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Estonian poet Juhan Liiv will feature Estonin choral music composed on texts by Juhan Liiv.
This and next week, museum celebrates its birthday with several events: concerts, performances, theme evening, conference and family day. The grand event of the jubilee week is the play „Technician Viiding“ created by Heidi Sarapuu specially for museum’s birthday. Theatre Varius performance takes us back to 1960ies when the young poet and actor Juhan Viiding was a photo technician in the museum. Music friends are awaited to come to the presentation of Sten Lassmann’s CD-s „Heino Eller. Complete Piano Music“ Vol. 4 and 5.
On March 19, composer and pianist Vsevolod Pozdejev will perform at Sheremetev Castle in St. Petersburg performing the 1st movement from Sonata for piano and „A Poetic Moment (The Day Was Bright)“ by Pozdejev, „Vseva’s Light“ by Liisa Hirsch and „Impression I“ by Pille Kangur.
Christopher Newport University Wind Ensemble has released a CD „Kuuvalgel. Wind Music of Estonia“. CD consists of music by Eduard Tamm, Peeter Vähi, Rein Rannap, Eino Tamberg, Priit Raik and Rein Ploom.
Chamber Choir Voces Musicales’ concert „Transparence“ will take place on 8th of March 16 pm at St. Elizabeth's Church in Pärnu and 9th of March 18 pm at Tallinn Methodist Church. The programme comprise Dutch choral music by composers Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Alphons Diepenbrock and Ton de Leeuw. Conductor is Lodewijk van der Ree.
On 6th of March, Estonian National Male Choir will perform at Tallinn Methodist Church concert programme „Primo vere“ that presents premiers by Latvian, Italian and Norwegian composers – Santa Ratniece, Alberto and Leonardo Schiavo and Henrik Ødegaard. Also music by Giovanni Bonato will be on programme. Conductor is Mikk Üleoja, concert features also Aare Tammesalu and Levi-Danel Mägila (cello).
On 6th of March 19 pm concert of Estonian renowned pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera will take place the White Hall of the House of Blackheads in Tallinn. The concert combines the music from three German composers from different centuries, who’s sound is especially well developed and crafty.
Concerts of Tallin Chamber Orchestra and oboist Kalev Kuljus will take place on 6th of March at Vanemuine Concert Hall and 8th of March at Estonia Concert Hall. Programme entitled „First and last symphony of Mozart“ comprise Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No 1 K. 16, Oboe Concerto in C major K. 314 and Symphony No 41 “Jupiter” K. 551. Conductor is Risto Joost.
On 4th of March new concert programme by Ensemble U: will take place at 1st studio of Estonian Radio. Programme entitled „AASIA“ is fith concert in series of Ensemble U: and Estonian Public Broadcasting and comprise music by Toshio Hosokawa, Isang Yun, Toru Takemitsu and Dequing Wen. Concert will be broadcast live on Klassikaraadio.
On March 4, Zürich Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Anu Tali will give a concert with the program of Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 "Los Angeles", Tõnu Kõrvits’s "Elegies of Thule" and works of Joseph Haydn and Jean-Baptiste Arban. Soloist at this concert is Sergej Nakariakov (trumpet).
In March, outstanding duo tenor Mati Turi and pianist Martti Raide will perform a brand new work „Three Songs to Poems by Ernst Enno“ by Tõnu Kõrvits. The duo will give 6 concerts in Keila, Karksi, Valga, Tartu, Tallinn and Pärnu. Additionally, the program consists of vocal music by Eduard Tubin, Arnold Schönberg, Dmitri Schostakovich, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Robert Schumann.
From April 4 to 9, festival Eller Contemporary Music Days will be held in Tartu. The festival is dedicated to composer Heino Eller. The program offers five concerts, taking place at Eller School, Tartu Town Hall and Tartu City Museum where pupils of Eller Music School will be perform, two lectures and opening of exhibition.
From February 26 to March 1, early music festival „Ceciliana“, organised by Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will be held for the fist time. Four concerts of the festival features both acknowlededged Estonian musicians of early music and guests from abroad. Additionally, the program offers public lecture and workshops.
On 28th of February at 19 pm concert „Ilja Muromets“ will take place at Estonia Concert Hall. The programme performed by Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Music and Theatre Academy Symphony Orchestra and pianist Marko Martin consists of music by Emmanuel Chabrier, Camille Saint-Saëns and Reinhold Glière.
On February 26, joint concert „Virtuosos of Kivimäe“ of Tallinn Music High School and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will be held at House of Blackheads at 6 pm where young soloists from Tallinn Music High School will preform with Tallinn Chamber Orchetra under the baton of Mikk Murdvee. Also new CD release will be presented.
On February 27, concert "Light and Darkness" will take place in NorrlandsOperan in Umeå where Mirjam Tally’s "Ljuset och mörkret" (Light and Darkness) for choir and orchestra will be premiered. 8-part work written in 2012 on text by Sami poet Paulus Utsi will be performed by Chamber Choir Sångkraft and NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Risto Joost.
Record company ECM has released Erkki-Sven Tüür’s new author’s CD „Erkki-Sven Tüür. Symphony No.7. Piano Concerto“. CD consists of Symphony No. 7 Pietas (2009) dedicated to Dalai Lama and Piano Concerto (2006). Music is performed by Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paavo Järvi, NDR Choir and Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola.
On February 13, installation „Dances with Architecture“ was opened at Tallinn Art Hall Gallery. The authors of the installation are designer Silver Vahtre, architect Ignar Fjuk, composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, sound space expert Tammo Sumera, video artist Pille Kannimäe and dancers from the Viljandi Culture Academy.
On February 23, soprano Kaia Urb and guitarist Heiki Mätlik will give a concert „Estonian Romance. Yearning“ at Toompea Music Salon at 4 pm. The program consists of selection of romances by Estonian composers Miina Härma, Konstantin Türnpu, Mihkel Lüdig, Artur Lemba, August Weizenberg, Margo Kõlar, Ester Mägi, Kuldar Sink, Eino Tamberg.
On February 23, Roanoke College Oriana Singers and string orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Sandborg will give a concert "South Meets North: Music of Italy and Estonia". The program presents the vocal, choral, orchestral and piano works by Tõnu Kõrvits, Toivo Tulev, Arvo Pärt and Antonio Vivaldi.
On 22th of February Kamber Soloists will give concert at Tallinn Blackhead’s Guild Hall. The programme consists of English renaissance music and and arrangements of Estonian spiritual folk songs by Cyrillus Kreek and Tõnu Kõrvits. Ensemble Kamber Soloists comprise musicians Risto Joost (countertenor), Tõnu Jõesaar, Peeter Klaas, Arvo Haasma, Leho Karin and Villem Klaas (gambas) and Robert Staak (lute).
On February 21 at 8.30 pm, chamber orchestra Bristol Ensemble together with the Choir of Royal Holloway under the direction of Rupert Gough will give a concert Late Night Baltic Elegies in St George’s Bristol. Program consists of music by Arvo Pärt, Tõnu Kõrvits and Pēteris Vasks.
From February 21 to 22, Helena Tulve’s chamber opera "It Is Getting so Dark" (directed by Reeda Toots) will be performed again. Three performances will be staged at Kadriorg Palace. Tulve’s chamber opera is based on Japanese author Sei Shônagon’s (c 966–1017/1025) work "The Pillow Book". Chamber opera will be performed by 14 female singers and instrumental ensemble, conducted by Veronika Portsmuth.
On 21th of February concert of Kalle Randalu (piano) and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will take place at Estonia Concert Hall. The program is dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music and consist of „Ein musikalischer Spass”, Piano Concerto No.21 and Max Reger’s „Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart“, Op. 132. Conductor is Neeme Järvi.
From February 20 to 24, MustonenFest continues as Estonian-Israeli Music Festival in Israel. The festival, taking place in Tel Aviv offers six diverse and fascinating concerts of classical, jazz and world music. In addition to Israeli musicians, the festival also features Andres Mustonen and early music ensemble Hortus Musicus, Estonian National Opera soloists Teele Jõks, Helen Lokuta and Pavlo Balakin, instrumentalist Jaak Sooäär (guitar), Tuule Kann (kannel), Taavo Remmel (double bass, computer) and Tanel Ruben (percussion) from Estonia.
By the decision of Estonian Government, the Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia ascribed to composer Ester Mägi, opera singer Ain Anger and composer Erkki-Sven Tüür.
In the near future, pianist Nicolas Horvath will give several concerts in Ukraine, where he plays also Estonian music. On February 14, Horvath’s recital in Ukrainian Composers’ Union Hall presents music by Jaan Rääts. On February 15, 9-hour marathon concert The Night of Minimal Piano in Kyiv will take place in Kyiv House of Architects. Program includes piano music of Jaan Rääts, Arvo Pärt, Mihkel Kerem, Liis Viira and many others. On February 19, Horvath together with chamber orchestra Kiev Soloists makes an Ukrainian premiere of Arvo Pärt’s "Lamentate".
Concert serie „Lossimuusika“ continues on this Sunday, 16th of February. The program „Clarinette omnitonique“ will be performed by Toomas Vavilov (clarinet), Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin (violin), Toomas Nestor (viola) and Aare Tammesalu (cello) and consists of clarinet quartets by Iwan Müller, Bernhard Crusell and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
On February 15 at 7 pm, concert „Shadow of Gesualdo“ will take place in Tallinn Methodist Church. The axis of the concert is music of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1560–1613). In addition to Gesualdo’s madrigals and sacred songs, also „Carlo“ by Australian composer Brett Dean and commissioned work „L’ombra della croce“ by Erkki-Sven Tüür can be listened.
On February 15 at 2 pm, concert of Hugo Lepnurm’s chorale preludes and presentation of the new CD „Hugo Lepnurm. Chorale Preludes“ will take place in Tallinn Methodist Church. Performers are organists Virve Soode, Ene Salumäe and Kristel Aer, memories of Hugo Lepnurm will be read by his grandchildren.
On February 13 and February 16, concerts entitled „Under the Northern Sky“ will be held in Tartu and Tallinn. Choral music of the Baltic Sea will be performed by E STuudio Chamber Choir and Chamber Choir A. Le Coq. These concerts belong to the series „For the Listener“, organised by the Estonian Chamber Choirs Union.
Erkki-Sven Tüür’s accordion concerto "Prophecy" (2007) is once again in the program of accordionist Mika Väyrynen, who will perform it this week in front of the Kymi Sinfonietta under the baton of Alexander Mickelthwate.
Ensemble Una Corda premieres new works by Robert Jürjendal and Urmas Lattikas at their upcoming concerts
On February 11 and 13, ensemble Una Corda (Liis Viira – harp, Kristi Mühling – kannel, Ene Nael – harpsichord) will perform with two concerts in Põltsamaa and Tallinn. The program consists of music by Helena Tulve, Mirjam Tally, Liis Viira, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and brand new works by Urmas Lattikas and Robert Jürjendal.
Record company ECM released composer Helena Tulve’s new CD "Arboles lloran por lluvia". CD consists of four vocal works and orchestral work "Extinction des choses vues". Tulve’s music is performed by Vox Clamantis, Hortus Musicus, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and various soloists.
On 9th of February new concert serie „Lossimuusika“ will begin at Kadriorg Art Museum. The Tobias String Quartet including Maano Männi (violn), Terje Männi (violin), Toomas Nestor (viola) and Aare Tammesalu (cello) will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s String Quartet No.17 in B-flat major and Edvard Grieg’s String Quartet in G minor. Concerts serie „Lossimuusika“ takes place every Sunday at 17 pm.
Swedish chamber orchestra Camerata Nordica will give four concerts in February under the direction of Mihkel Kerem. Among other works, the program consists of Jaan Rääts’s Concerto for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 16 and Eduard Oja’s "Silent Moods".
On 4th of February concert of Collegium Musicale will take place at Tallinn St. Nicholas' Church. The concert is dedicated to Great Britan’s composer John Tavener, who departed last year. The program „In Memoriam Johm Tavener“ consists of Travener’s most famous a capella works „The Lamb“ and „Song for Athene“. Conductor is Endrik Üksvärav.
Yesterday, Estonian Phiharmonic Chamber Choir’s CD „Vivit!“ (Ondine, 2013) was given the title of Classical Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards gala in Tallinn Nokia Concert Hall. CD consists of choral music by Max Reger (1873–1916) and Rudolf Tobias (1873–1918).
From January 30 to February 8, MustonenFest, which offers 10 concerts in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Jõhvi, will be held. This year the festival is focused on Middle East and holocaust. In addition to Estonian performers, the festival also features such acknowledged guests like Mario Brunello (cello, Italy), Mhairi Lawson (soprano, Great Britain), English early music ensemble La Serenissima, Bracha Kol (mezzo soprano, recorder, Israel), Gil Shohat (piano, Israel), Liudas Mockunas (soprano saxophone, Lithuania), Isabel Villanueva (viola, Spain), chamber orchestra Israel Camerata and David Ensemble (Egypt).
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will perform Masterpieces of the Russian Orthodox music on 30th of January at Valga Culture House, 31th of January at Tartu University Hall and 1th of February at St John's Church in Tallinn. Program consists of Dmitry Bortniansky’s and Alfred Schnittke’s choral music. Conductor Risto Joost.
On 30th of January at 19 pm The Lab Orchestra Chamber Ensemble's new concert programme will be performed at concert venue Mederi Saal. The program „Symphony for Soloists“ consists symphonic pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré arranged for smaller ensemble and will be performed by twelve young and bright musicians.
CD „Arvo Pärt. Adam’s Lament“ (ECM, 2012) conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste was awarded the Grammy Award for the best choral performance. CD contains eight works by Arvo Pärt performed by Latvian Radio Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, Sinfonietta Rīga and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
On January 25, Estonian Choral Association handed over its annual prizes in traditional concert-ceremony in Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. Chamber Choir Head Ööd, Vend was awarded The Choir of the Year (conductors Pärt Uusberg and Külli Kiivet), the choir’s CD „Õhtul“ („In the Evening“) was selected as the Choir Recording of the Year.
Arvo Pärt has been selected as the main composer of the festival Mozartwoche in Salzburg. Among other performances, the world premiere of "Swan Song" will take place on January 29 in Salzburg Great Festival Hall at the concert of Wiener Philharmoniker (conductor Marc Minkowski).
On January 22, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir led by Daniel Reuss will perform at London A Cappella Festival. The program consists of music by Arvo Pärt, Cyrillus Kreek, Vasyl Barvinsky, Nikolai Kedrov and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The concert taking place at LSO St. Luke’s will also feature saxophonist Gilad Atzmon.
In January 23, Mirjam Tally’s new orchestral work "Lament" will be premiered in Sweden. New work will be performed by Norrlands Operan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Rumon Gamba in Norrlands Operan Concert Hall, Umeå. Concert is a part of a project Beethoven & Beyond that within 12 days presents all Beethoven’s symphonies and nine newly commissioned pieces inspired by Beethoven.
On January 23 and 24, Heli ja Keel (Sound and Language) concert series will continue with concerts dedicated this time to music by composer Malle Maltis and poetry by writer Hasso Krull. The concert features Olga Voronova (violin), Leho Karin (cello), Sandra Klimaité (viola, Lithuania), Indrek Pajus (double bass), Diana Liiv (paino), Natalia Suharevich (piano, Russia), Vambola Krigul (percussions), Leonora Palu and Eneli Hiiemaa (flute), Helena Tuuling (bass clarinet), Rait Erikson (horn), Iris Oja (mezzo soprano), Kristi Mühling (kannel), Sander Tuvikene (video), Malle Maltis (electronics) and Hasso Krull (word).
On January 26, concert of Estonian, Finnish and Russian music will take place in De Goede Herder kerk in the suburb of The Hague, Wassenaar. An international trio – Irina Zuboff (soprano), Allar Kaasik (cello) and Olga de Kort (organ) – will perform works by Vladimir Odoyevsky, Alexandr Glazunov and Ernest Pingoud. Grigorjeva’s "Salve Regina" for soprano, cello and organ will receive its world premiere.
On January 17, „Awakening“ for mixed choir and orchestra (2011) by Erkki-Sven Tüür will be performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Reuss at Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn. The program also includes „Transfigured Night“, Op. 4 by Arnold Schönberg.
On January 7 at 7 pm, fourth concert of the series of Ensemble U: and Estonian Public Broadcasting will take place in 1st studio of Estonian Radio. Concert entitled as „Estonia“ presents two premieres – Andrus Kallastu’s „Tropus De profundis“ (2013) and Märt-Matis Lill’s „Autumn Road“ (2013).
The III Tallinn Bach Music Festival, started on January 1, will continue until January 7. Festival still offers 12 different concerts at the St. Nicholas’s Church and St. John’s Church in Tallinn. The concerts programs present mainly organ, instrumental, orchestral, choral and vocal works by Johann Sebastian Bach, but also organ music by Peeter Süda, Andres Uibo and Artur Kapp will be performed. Festival features outstanding Estonian organists and performers and guests from Holland, Poland and France.
From January 4 to 12, Pärnu Contemporary Music Days will be held. PCMD offers different concerts, workshops and an international conference on music theory. PCMD is organised in cooperation with Pärnu Opera, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Academy of Arts.