Andres Vahisalu

October 11, 1948 Tallinn – Juky 30, 2019 Tallinn
Member of the Estonian Composers' Union since 2013

Andres Vahisalu has graduated from Georg Ots Tallinn Music School in choral conducting under Peeter Perens (sen) (1978) and Tallinn State Conservatory under Kuno Areng (1983). As an additional subject he studied composition with Aarne Männik and Anti Marguste in music school and Anatoli Garshnek in conservatory.

Vahisalu has worked as a concertmaster and teacher of analysis and choral arrangement in Tallinn Pedagogical Seminar (1977–1983 ja 1989–1998). He has been the music class teacher in Lelle School (1984–1989) and music teacher in Rummu Special Vocational School (2004–2006). From 2005, Vahisalu is a piano teacher in Laagri Hobby School. Also he has written articles and reviews to Muusikaleht.

Andres Vahisalu has written mainly choral music, but also a number of children’s songs, chamber music and works for orchestra. His children’s song "Seven goats" got the 3rd prize at the children song contest dedicated to Children’s Day in 1974. Three pieces for wind orchestra – Prelude, March of Triumph and Legend – were awarded the 3rd price at the wind music competition organised during Autumn Festival of the Estonian Academy of Music in 2001.

Vahisalu’s music has been published by SP Muusikaprojekt, Talmar&Põhi, Muusika and Eres. Andres Vahisalu has given out the compendium of choral songs (1994), songbook "Kuldlauluke" (Golden Song) and compendium of pedagogical repertoire "Piano miniatures for beginners". Piano pieces for children have been published also in "Primary School Piano Album" I and II in 1993. In 2011, composer’s author-CD "Andres Vahisalu. A Musical Portrait" was released.

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