Estonian Music Information Centre is on Christmas vacation from December 23 till January 1. EMIC Music Shop orders made and paid up to December 20 will be posted on December 21. Orders made after that will be fulfilled from January 2. Scores in PDF format paid with credit card appear into your mailbox automatically. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all!
Finnish label Alba Records has released a debut album „Concertos for oboe and oboe d´amore“ by German-based Estonian oboist Kalev Kuljus and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.
From November 2–8, International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) festival World New Music Days takes place in Canada, Vancouver. Estonia is represented by two works: Märt-Matis Lill’s ensemble piece „When the Buffalo Went Away“ and Tõnu Kõrvits’s choir cycle „The Songs of Song of Songs“.
International New Music Festival Afekt takes place in Tallinn and Tartu from October 27 to November 1. Afekt presents a wide range of contemporary music, from its recognized classics to new and fresh themes currently actual on the international scene, performed by top musicians and ensembles. Premieres of works by Elis Vesik, Mart Siimer, Age Veeroos, Liisa Hirsch, Marianna Liik, Helena Tulve and Michael Finnissy will be brought to the audience.
Concert Agency FA Concerto presents Festival „Orient et Occident“ from 13–15 October in Tartu and Tallinn. Performers are masters of music from Italy, Iran, Palestine, Uzbekistan and Estonia. Programmes consists of European Medieval music, Persian, Sufi, Arab, Japanese and Uzbek traditional and contemporary music and improvisations.
On October 1, International Music Day, the laureates of music awards of the year 2017 were announced in Estonia Concert Hall with the performance of Estonian Dream Big Band and Estonian National Male Choir. Laureates of the Estonian Music Council Music Prizes are Jüri Reinvere, Paavo Järvi and Evi Arujärv.
On September 22, opera „The Colours of Clouds” by young composer Rasmus Puur will premiere at the Estonian National Opera. Opera is based on Jaan Kruusvall’s play „Pilvede värvid” („The Colours of Clouds”, 1983), and discusses the fleeing of Estonians from their homeland during the events of World War II.
Composition commissions for the 2019 "Roche Young Commissions" awarded to Marianna Liik and Josep Planells Schiaffino.
Marianna Liik and Josep Planells Schiaffino have been awarded commissions by the 2019 "Roche Young Commissions" to compose new works. Wolfgang Rihm, the Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival Academy, selected both young artists, who were officially greeted at Roche on 4 September. Liik and Planells Schiaffino will each compose a work by 2019, on which they will work during the summer of 2018 together with Rihm and the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy. The works will then be given their world premiere during the 2019 Summer Festival.
Arvo Pärt Days take place from September 2 to 11 in Tallinn, Paide, Rakvere, Viljandi and Tartu. The program of Arvo Pärt Days opening concert, performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste, includes Arvo Pärt's works of both earlier and later period and creates a thematic bridge between the great Baroque master J. S. Bach and the latest work of a young Estonian composer Pärt Uusberg.
Estonian Music Information Centre is on summer vacation until the 31st of July. Find the concerts in July from our Calendar of Music Events. EMIC Music Shop orders will be fulfilled from August 1. Scores in PDF format paid with credit card appear into your mailbox automatically. Have a wonderful summer!
From June 26 to July 1, 25th edition of Båstad Chamber Music Festival takes place in Swedish coastal town of Båstad. Composer of the festival is Helena Tulve. Program includes Tulve’s choral and chamber music, performed by Anna-Liisa Eller (kannel), Taavi Kerikmäe (piano), Vox Clamantis, Anna Paradiso (harpsichord), Mario Caroli (bass flute), Julien Quentin (piano), Karin Dornbusch (clarinet) and Karolina Öhman (cello).
Spannungen Festival in Heimbach, Germany, presents composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. Program includes Tüür’s chamber and orchestra works. On June 23, a world premiere of „Lichttürme“ will be performed by Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello) and Lars Vogt (piano).
April 27, 2017 at the end of the Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School 7th Teacher Training Seminar TTS2017 the award ceremony of the TLU BFM 4th Digital Composition Contest took place. The contest stays to be popular – more than 40 pieces where applied – and it is the first (since 2014) and only in Estonia in its specialization on school children’s digital electronic dance music, soundtrack/experimental music and, first time, audiovisual category.
„Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred” is an international conference within the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. The conference is being held on 1–4 May 2017 in New York City and focuses on the sonic and spiritual effect of Arvo Pärt’s music.
In April, music of Erkki-Sven Tüür can be listened in Israel, Latvia, Germany, Sweden, USA and Estonia.
On April 6, Estonian Music Days will launch in Tallinn. The 38th edition of Estonian biggest festival of new commissions brings this year over 25 premieres to the audience. Performers are Estonian top musicians and collectives like Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Vox Clamantis, Estonian Cello Ensemble and others. Festival’s artistic directors are composers Helena Tulve and Timo Steiner, organiser is Estonian Composers’ Union.
One of Europe’s leading city festivals takes place in Tallinn from March 27 to April 2. The core agenda of TMW 2017 is creative impact with shared vision and common action, encompassing subjects like sustainable development, equality, diversity and special needs, future skills and smarter governance.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir under the baton of Kaspars Putniņš will be on tour in USA and Canada in February. Tour consists of 16 concerts, four last ones will be given together with Sarasota Orchestra and their conductor Anu Tali. A cappella program includes music by Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Jean Sibelius, Alfred Schnittke, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Georgy Sviridov.
Dutch pianist Jeroen Riemsdijk has released a CD with Urmas Sisask’s piano music that contains Starry Sky Cycle No. 1 “Northern Sky”.
On January 13, Anu Tali conducts Munich Radio Orchestra (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) in Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Munich. Concert in the series „Paradisi gloria“ introduces works by three Estonian composers: Arvo Pärt’s Festina lente and Summa, Lepo Sumera’s Symphony No. 6 and Tõnu Kõrvits’s Elegies of Thule.
On January 10 at 7 pm, concert dedicated to the 95th birthday of composer Ester Mägi will take place in Tallinn Niguliste Church. Ester Mägi’s finespun and subtle music has been admired and loved both in Estonia and abroad. The performers at the jubilee concert are members of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians.