The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre opens a new concert and performance centre

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has opened a concert and performance centre that features a concert hall accommodating 482 people, a black box theatre with 130 seats for actors and jazz musicians, and 21 new classrooms.

The building, which cost approximately €12 million, took a year and a half to construct. The centre was opened on 28 September by the Estonian president, Kersti Kaljulaid, and professor Ivari Ilja, the rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

At the heart of the 6,000-square metre (65,000-square foot) concert and performance facility, there is a concert hall through four floors with 482 seats, which will be ideal for classical performances as well as other styles of music, according to the academy.

The opening ceremony at the new concert hall. Photo by Erlend Štaub.

Multifunctional use

“The audience can enter the concert hall with two galleries through the main building of the academy and also from Sakala and Tatari streets, so it can be flexibly used for studies and as a public event venue,” the academy said.

The new concert hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Photo by Rasmus Kooskora.

The black box with 130 seats was constructed through three floors and will be used by drama students and jazz musicians. The five-storey building with a basement floor also houses 21 classrooms, including a multimedia centre and a jazz classroom.

The black box at the new concert hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Photo by Jelena Rudi.

The construction of the new concert and performance centre was financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Cover photo by Jelena Rudi.