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Collegium Musicale celebrates its 4th birthday with concert and concert tour to Japan

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 (Bogoroditse Djevo, Zwei Slavische Psalmen, Alleluia Tropus, Most Holy Mother of God, Which Was the Son of...), Erkki-Sven Tüür (Missa brevis), Mirjam Tally (En strimma hav) and Veljo Tormis (songs from the cycle "Forgotten Poeples"), the program also consists of music by Japanese composers Ko Matshushita ja Kentaro Sato.

From October 8 to 18, the choir participates in Karuizawa International Choral Festival in Japan. Choir will perform at opening ceremony and will give altogether 5 concerts introducing Estonian music by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür (Japanese peremiere of “Missa brevis”), Mirjam Tally and Veljo Tormis. Additionally, conductor Endrik Üksvärav will lead workshop about Estonian choral music, focusing composers Erkki-Sven Tüür, Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis and the tradition of Estonian Song Celebrations.

Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale got together for the first time on October 3 in 2010 and was founded by conductor Endrik Üksvärav. The aim is to offer for the audience high level musical emotions both in Estonia and abroad. The repertoire of choir includes choral music from renaissance up to contemporary music with special emphasis on music by Estonian composers. Collegium Musicale has gained international recognition both in Estonia and abroad, receiving many prizes at international choral competitions (including 5 first prizes and Grand Prix at Gorizia, Italy in 2011).

Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale

Their first CD „Peegel peeglis“ with music by Arvo Pärt and Pärt Uusberg was released in 2012. In addition to the concert venues in Estonia, the choir has performed in Petroskoi, the capital city of the Republic of Karelia and Gorizia in Italy and participated in music festival at Schleswig-Holstein. In 2013, Collegium Musicale participated in recording of Tallinn Mass by German composer Roxanna Panufnik under the Warner Classics label. In 2012, the Estonian Choral Association announced Collegium Musicale as the „Choir of the Year 2011“ and Endrik Üksvärav as the „Young conductor of the Year 2011“, also live-recorded CD “Peegel peeglis” was announced as the “Choral CD of the Year 2012“ in 2013.