Music News

Arvo Pärt’s choral piece "O Holy Father Nicholas" will premiere at the Metropolitan Museum

On 31 October and 1 November, Arvo Pärt’s a cappella choral piece "O Holy Father Nicholas" will premiere at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The work will be performed by the Artefact Ensemble, conducted by Grammy Award-nominated conductor Benedict Sheehan.

Festival TubIN in Tartu

From October 7–10, the first Tubin Festival will take place in Tartu under the leadership of conductor Mihhail Gerts. Dedicated to Estonia's greatest symphonist Eduard Tubin, the festival focuses on the music created by composer during his time spent in Tartu, also on the work of Tubin’s fellow student Eduard Oja and their mutual teacher Heino Eller.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will perform at the newly opened Tonhalle Zurich

Tomorrow, on September 25, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, will give a performance in newly renovated Tonhalle Concert Hall in Zurich with works by Arvo Pärt and Maurice Duruflé.

Toccata Classics continues its exploration of the piano music of Heino Eller with a seventh volume from pianist Sten Lassmann

Pianist Sten Lassmann is the first to undertake a complete recording of Heino Eller's piano works. A decade ago, he started the series "Heino Eller: Complete Piano Music" with the London-based record company Toccata Classics, the seventh volume is now available.

Aare Tammesalu and Irina Zahharenkova to perform in Italy

Cellist Aare Tammesalu and pianist Irina Zahharenkova will perform in Carinola, Italy, on September 10 and 11. In addition to works by Estonian composers Mirjam Tally, Andrus Kallastu and Arvo Pärt, the program also include music by Fryderyk Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Philippe Rameau and Maurice Ravel.

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra’s 95th season starts on September 10 with the opening concert of the season

The 95th season of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra begins on September 10 with a grand opening concert, where Elis Hallik's new work "Firehearted" will be premiered. It will be introduced by a pre-concert starting at 6 pm and the "Symphonic Lunch" the day before. For a new season, ENSO's chief conductor and artistic director Olari Elts has invited the world's top soloists and conductors to Estonia. In addition, Elts introduces two new topics in the program selection: mental health and environmentally conscious behavior.

Arvo Pärt Days begin today

With the traditional Arvo Pärt Days starting today, the Nargenfestival celebrates Arvo Pärt's birthday. This year, the festival will reach churches and concert halls all over Estonia. The performers will be Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis, Ralph van Raat and Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam.

Concert of Estonian orchestral music in Finland

The string ensemble of the Oulu Symphony Orchestra will give a concert „Baltic Sea Moment” in the Madetoja Hall of the Oulu Music Center on August 26. Programme consists of music by Heino Eller, Lepo Sumera, Jaan Rääts, Ester Mägi and Arvo Pärt.

Concert tour „Heino Eller. Estonian Elegy“ under the baton of Tõnu Kaljuste

This week, Tõnu Kaljuste and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra will start the concert tour „Heino Eller. Estonian Elegy”, bringing the music of a beloved composer to the small places of Estonia. The opening concert will take place on Thursday, August 12 at 7.30 pm in Kambja St. Martin’s Church in Tartu County.

New vinyl „Seasons in Songs“ with music by Veljo Tormis

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) has released a new recording – vinyl „Seasons in Songs”, which is based on the works of Estonian great choral master Veljo Tormis (1930 –2017). On this recording, the celebrated Estonian musicians – vocal soloist Liisi Koikson, jazz pianist Kristjan Randalu and the EPCC – perform the arrangements of Tormis’ less known vocal works. The new sound, electronic background and choral arrangements are written by Ülo Krigul and Sander Mölder.