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Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer eighth year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the eighth year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack. Bachtrack calculates a series of statistics each year that show the number of times the work of each composer has been …

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Gallery: The Arvo Pärt heritage centre opens in Estonia

A new, Spanish-designed centre, introducing Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s creative heritage to both domestic and international visitors, opens its doors on 17 October. Designed by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano from the Spanish architecture firm, NietoSobejano Arquitectos, S.L.P, the Arvo Pärt Centre was built in a picturesque area of Laulasmaa, …

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Arvo Pärt’s symphonies released by ECM

ECM Records has released a new album, “Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies”, featuring all four symphonies by the Estonian maestro. The orchestral works from the composer’s different creative periods are performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste. According to the Arvo Pärt Centre, the composer maintains that each of …

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“Adam’s Passion” – a unique cooperation by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson premieres in Berlin

Three years after its premiere in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, a joint venture of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson reaches the Berlin Concert House. In 2015, the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, and the American theatre visionary, Robert Wilson, combined their creative forces and came up with a mesmerising music theatre …

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Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, has, for the seventh year in a row, been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer” by the classical music event database, Bachtrack. “We always keep an eye on contemporary performance, where the composer with the most performed works has been Arvo Pärt …

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Pope Francis awards Arvo Pärt with the Ratzinger Prize

On 18 November, Pope Francis presented the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, the Ratzinger Prize in the Vatican. The Ratzinger Prize is designed to honour outstanding individuals for their research in theology and adjacent sciences, or for their religious artwork. Instigated by Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, the foundation has …

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Arvo Pärt’s music a “deathbed favourite”, a Scottish study says

According to the investigation conducted by a Scotland-based theatre company, the music of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, is a preferred choice by patients in the end-of-life care. Two Scottish theatre companies, Vanishing Point and string orchestra Scottish Ensemble, have explored the role of Tabula Rasa, a masterpiece written by …

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Arvo Pärt wins the Ratzinger Prize

The Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, the world’s most performed living composer, has been honoured with the Ratzinger Prize, presented in the Vatican. The Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, also known as the Pope Benedict XVI Foundation in the Vatican, has announced that in addition to outstanding theologians, the winners of this year’s …

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Five quotes about Arvo Pärt

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt commands respect and admiration from classical music fans from around the world; his fans also include renowned pop artists, writers and even statespeople. Estonian World picked five quotes about Pärt by other, globally influential people. Arvo Pärt, the most performed living composer in the world, celebrates …

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