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Estonian Music Days 2023 programme announced

Estonia’s largest festival of premieres Estonian Music Days announced the programme of contemporary music concerts taking place from April 26 to May 7.

Album of the Year: Estonian Premieres by the Estonian Festival Orchestra and Paavo Järvi

Estonian Classical Album of the Year 2023 was revealed. It is the album "Estonian Premieres" recorded by the Estonian Festival Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi, released by Alpha Classics.

The works of composer Mihkel Kerem will fill a symphonic evening in Pärnu

The Pärnu City Orchestra will give a generous concert of works by Mihkel Kerem under the direction of conductor Mikk Murdvee. With violinist Triin Ruubel-Lilleberg as the soloist, Kerem's first major instrumental concerto - the Violin Concerto - will be performed. The recently composed Cello Concerto (2020), in which Canadian-born Dutch cellist Willem Stam will perform as a soloist, will have its world premiere. The evening will be concluded with Kerem’s Symphony No. 6.

The World Premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in United States

Erkki-Sven Tüür's Violin Concerto no. 3 “Conversations with the Unknown” (2019/2020) will be premiered by violinist Vadim Gluzman and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Danzmayr.

The premiere of Toivo Tulev's work in Belgium

The Belgian contemporary music ensemble Fractales will premiere Toivo Tulev's ensemble piece "To a Distant Friend" (2020) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano on December 21.

The Musician of the Year 2022 is cellist Marcel Johannes Kits

This year, the Estonian Broadcasting Corporation's Musician of the Year title is awarded to cellist Marcel Johannes Kits.

In memoriam Urmas Sisask

The composer Urmas Sisask (09.09.1960 – 17.12.2022) has passed away.

The theme of the Estonian Music Days festival 2023 is “Soul and Spirit”

The themes of the Estonian Music Days 2023 festival are soul and spirit. Estonian Music Days takes place from April 27 to May 7 in Tartu and Tallinn, the artistic directors of the festival are Helena Tulve, Timo Steiner and Märt-Matis Lill. Discounted passes for the festival will be on sale from December 14.

Premiere of Ülo Krigul's new Violin Concerto in France

The Orchestre National de Bretagne will give two concerts under the direction of Estonian conductor Erki Pehk. Together with Lithuanian violinist Dalia Kuznecovaitė, Ülo Krigul's new Violin Concerto "Cloudworks" will be premiered. The work was commissioned by the Orchestre National de Bretagne in 2021.

The Southern Chorale goes on a European tour with the music of Tõnu Kõrvits

The Southern Chorale of The University of Southern Mississippi goes on a European tour with the music of Tõnu Kõrvits, touring extensively in Spain, Latvia, and Estonia in January 2023.