Estonian National Symphony Orchestra named Olari Elts as its next Music Director and Chief Conductor
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has announced Olari Elts as the Music Director and Chief Conductor from the season 2020/2021. The current Chief Conductor Neeme Järvi will continue to work with ENSO as the Honorary Conductor for Life.
Tallinn String Quartet celebrates its 35th anniversary with concerts at the Tallinn Central Library, performing works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Tõnu Kõrvits and at the Kadriorg Palace, playing Beethoven and Franz Schubert.
On December 5 and 7, the saxophone quartet SaxEst will celebrate its 20th anniversary with concerts in Tartu and Laulasmaa. The programme will include music by Arvo Pärt, Tõnu Kõrvits, Galina Grigorjeva, Guy Lacour, Pedro Iturralde, and Siim Aimla.
The first prize of the 9th Estonian Piano Competition was shared between 16-year old Tähe-Lee Liiv from Estonia, and Mantas Šernius from Lithuania. The third prize went to Estonian Evita Lohu. The other finalists received finalist diplomas.
On November 22, the portrait concert of Tõnu Kõrvits at the Estonia Concert Hall presents the premiere of his „Nocturanus“ written for gongs and string orchestra. The new work will be performed by Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under Risto Joost with Virgo Veldi (saxophone), Tammo Sumera (electronics), and Madis Metsamart and Vambola Krigul (percussion).
The early music festival Tallinn feat. Reval will be held from November 23 to December 1 and it hosts musicians both from Estonia and abroad. Eleven festival concerts will take place in Tallinn, Narva, Viljandi, Otepää, and Viinistu. The festival also features documentaries as well as a roundtable discussion on theory and practice in early music.
From November 21 to 29, the Concert Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will host the 9th Estonian Piano Competition. The competition will consist of three rounds, all of them open to the public, with the final round allowing the best competitors to perform with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
This weekend, one of the Estonian top chamber choir Collegium Musicale under its founder conductor Endrik Üksvärav will give two concerts in Poland, on November 16 at the international festival Eufonie in Warsaw and November 17 at Estonian Days in Białystok. Concert programs consist of music by Estonian composers (Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Tõnu Kõrvits and others) and Polish premiere of the piece, dedicated to the choir, by Pawel Łukaszewski.
From November 16 to 31, the Estonian National Male Choir will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Concerts in Tallinn, Tartu, and Pärnu under the chief conductor Mikk Üleoja will include music by Felix Mendelssohn, Ko Matsushita, Riho-Esko Maimets, Max Reger, Francis Poulenc, Justė Janulytė, and Giovanni Bonato.