Aavo Ots

b. February 14, 1951, Vastseliina

Aavo Ots is one of the leading brass music developers in Estonia. He has remarkably impoved trumpeters' education in Estonia and he has been an organizer of several annual brass music events. As a highly valued trumpet teacher and brass band conductor, Aavo Ots has published several study books and tutorials for trumpet players. Aavo Ots currently works at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Tallinn Music High School. He is also leading the Aavo Ots Music Studio.

Aavo Ots has studied trumpet at the Heino Eller Music School in Tartu (1967–1971) under the guidance of Kaupo Antzon, and conducting with Roland Laasmäe. In 1976, he graduated from the Tallinn State Conservatoire, having studied conducting with Gustav Ernesaks and Olev Oja, and trumpet with Tõnu Tarum. Aavo Ots continued studies on trumpet at Saint Peterburg's State Conservatoire under the guidance of Juri Bolshiyanov graduating in 1986. Aavo Ots has also developed his conducting skills in private lessons of Peeter Lilje and in 2005, at Andreas Spörr's mastercourse in Switzerland. In 1979, Aavo Ots won the 1st Prize at Estonian Brass Players Contest.

Aavo Ots has worked at the Estonian National Opera Symphony Orchestra (1975–1984), since 1979, as a soloist. In 1980–1987, he was also the director of musicals and operettas at the Estonian National Opera. Since 1979, Aavo Ots has been a teacher and methodologist at the Tallinn Music High School, where he also conducts orchestra Brass Symphonics (Puhkpillisümfoonikud). Brass Symphonics has won several prizes at international contests such as the 1st Prize in Sweden (1997), the 2nd prize in Germany (2001), Gold Medal in Hungary (2002) and a Silver Diploma at contest Mid Europe in Austria (2005). In 2006, Brass Symphonics was awarded honorary title of the Orchestra of the Year by the Estonian Choral Association.
Since 1984, Aavo Ots works at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (docent since 1998). He is also conductor of Brass Academy, the brass orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Aavo Ots's students include Neeme Birk, Jüri Leiten, Andres Peterson, Priit Aimla, Ivar Tillemann, Erki Möller, Indrek Vau, Taavi Kuntu, Priit Sonn, Margus Allmann, Mart Kivi, Tanel Aavakivi, Viljar Lang, Jaak Oserov, Mihkel Metsala, Aleksei Saks, Marti Suvi, Simmu Vasar, Jaak Vasar and others. In purpose of developing skills of young soloists and chamber musicians, Aavo Ots founded self-titled Aavo Ots Music Studio.

Since 1996, Aavo Ots has been an organizer of Võru Brass Music Days (artistic director since 2002) and summer academy. Since 1989, Ots is the artistic director of International Trumpet Days held at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since 2003, Aavo Ots is a teacher and organizer of Trumpet Summer Academy in Suure-Jaani.
Aavo Ots has conducted several brass orchestras such as orchestra Tallinn and the Estonian Defence Forces Orchestra. Since 2008, he conducts the Estonian Youth Brass Band. Ots has conducted brass orchestras at XXIV and XXV Estonian Song Celebrations and has been principal conductor of brass bands at XV Gaudeamus Festival in 2006.
Ots has recorded also several Estonian Composers' works, such as Harri Ots's Prelude and Fugue Rustico for brass ensemble (CD Brass-Academy, 1998), and Hillar Kareva's Quasi una sonata for trumpet and piano (Estonian Radio).

Aavo Ots is an author of several study books for brass players. In 2011, he published his book Learning and Teaching: Searching for Beautiful Orchestral Sound ("Õppides ja õpetades: kaunist orkestrikõla otsides"), in 2010, Wind Fantasy: Trumpet Teacher's Handbook ("Tuulefantaasia: trompetiõpetaja käsiraamat"), in 2000 "Trumpet School" (I-IV), and in 1987 Methodical Advices and Daily Exercises for a Trumpet Player ("Metoodilised nõuanded ja igapäevased harjutused trompetimängijale").

– Annual Prize of Estonian Cultural Endowment for Music (1997, 2010)
– Annual Prize of Estonian Cultural Endowment for Folk Art (2001, 2005, 2007)
– Riho Päts School Music Scholarship (2004)
– Estonian Choral Associations' Conductor of the Year (2004, 2006, 2009)

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