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Neeme Järvi and modern orchestral traditions

When one looks back on the career of the still highly active Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi, one can see the model for the 21st century international conductor, something distinct from previous generations of maestros.* What makes this aspect of Järvi’s career so interesting is that Järvi’s artistic temperament is well suited …

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Estonia to build a heritage centre for composer Arvo Pärt

A new, Spanish-designed centre, introducing composer Arvo Pärt’s creative heritage to both domestic and international visitors, is planning to open its doors in autumn 2018. The Estonian government has allocated funds for the construction of the new building for the Arvo Pärt Centre. Designed by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano …

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A small Estonian song festival creates excitement in Amsterdam

Estonian choirs from across Europe took part in a small Estonian song festival in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. By Rein Jüriado, Kaire van der Toorn-Guthan, Agnes Kuusik-Dijkstra. How do you best demonstrate to the world the significance of the longstanding tradition of Estonian song festivals? Three active ladies of Estonian heritage, …

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Estonian culture introduced in three Hungarian cities

A week full of Estonian cultural events is taking place from 14-26 March in three Hungarian cities – Budapest, Debrecen and Szeged. For the tenth time already, the Estonian Institute brings the latest highlights in the country’s cultural scene to Hungary. For those unaware, the two countries share linguistic connection …

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“An Instrument for Every Child” – Estonia strikes the right chord with an ambitious music initiative

As part of the celebrations for Estonia’s centenary, an ambitious project is orchestrating a comprehensive upgrade to the country’s instrument collections and its music education overall. Estonia’s centenary in 2018 is around the corner and preparations are already well under way in the form of initiatives and events. As befits …

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Arvo Pärt receives the Cultural Merit Order from Romania

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt was honoured by the Romanian president for the special contribution in the arts with the Cultural Merit Order. Pärt, the most performed living composed in the world, was decorated on 21 February. Awarded by the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, the order recognises Pärt’s dedication, talent and …

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Estonian underground musician Maria Minerva appears on the LA influentials’ list

The British daily, the Guardian, has included Estonian singer-songwriter Maria Minerva, aka Maria Juur, on the list of most important contemporary music artists in Los Angeles. “From searing political hip-hop and cosmic jazz to new age, Los Angeles is home to some of today’s most important music – this is …

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