Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) has developed into the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who continued as the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the group for two decades. Paul Hillier was Chief Conductor from 2001 to 2007, Daniel Reuss from 2008 to 2013. New Artistic Director and Chief Conductor since 2014 is Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš.
The large repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant to late baroque and the music of the 20th century, opera and an ever special focus on the work of Estonian composers as Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits and Helena Tulve. Each season the choir gives about 60 to 70 concerts in Estonia and abroad.
The EPCC has performed in major concert venues around the globe as Vienna Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Versailles Opéra Royale, Palau Musica in Barcelona, LSO St. Luke London, Esplanade Signapore, Kennedy Centre Washington, Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall New York and Opera House Sydney. Furthermore the choir appeared at numerous festivals including Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Cervantino Festival Mexiko, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival International d‘art lyrique d`Aix-en-Provence, Rheingau Musik Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Musikfest Stuttgart, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Flanders Festival, Bergen International Festival, Oslo Church Festival, Istanbul Music Festival, Mosel Musikfestival, Mozartwoche Salzburg, Osterfestival Tirol Austria, Cheltenham Music Festival, Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Folle Journées Festival Nantes and Lissabon, Vale of Glamorgan Festival Wales, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Abu Gosh Music Festival, World Expo Cultural Center Shanghai, Wratislavia Cantans and the Nargen Festival Estonia.
Notable cooperations include appearances with Claudio Abbado, Louis Langrée, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Iván Fischer, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Andrew Lawrence-King, Roland Böer, Frieder Bernius, Louis Langrée, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Poppen, Sir Colin Davis, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Paul McCreesh und dem London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Les Musiciens du Louvre, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Mozart Bologna, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Norwegian, Australian, Lithuanian, Prague, Basel and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Palatino, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
Their considerable discography includes numerous recordings for ECM Records, Ondine Records, Virgin Classics, Carus, harmonia mundi which received highest plaudits with distinction worldwide.
EPCC recordings have won two Grammy Awards for the Best Choral Performance: 2007 for the album Arvo Pärt Da Pacem (harmonia mundi) with the conductor Paul Hillier and 2014 for Arvo Pärt Adam’s Lament (ECM) with the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. All in all, the choir has 14 Grammy nominations with the works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and the music of Nordic countries. The EPCC recordings have won also the award Diapason d’Or, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Danish Music Award and Choc de l’Année Classica 2014.
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Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1993 by conductor Tõnu Kaljuste from the core of a student orchestra of the Tallinn Conservatory into a professional chamber orchestra. Though it is a string orchestra the best wind players from the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian National Opera regularly join the orchestra.
Since 2013/14 Risto Joost has been appointed as Chief Conductor of the orchestra. He has realized numerous projects with the orchestra including recordings featuring works by Haydn, Toivo Tulev, Mirjam Tally and Peeter Vähi. In July 2016 he conducted the first performance of Ülo Krigul’s opera Swan Bone City at the Saarema Opera Festival in Estonia.
Conductors as Kristjan Järvi, Olari Elts, Arvo Volmer, Vello Pähn, Andres Mustonen, John Storgårds, Pietari Inkinen, Okko Kamu, Juha Kangas, Jaakko Kuusisto, Richard Tognetti, Terje Tonnesen, Valentin Zhuk, Daniel Raiskin, Samuel Wong and Dmitri Sitkovetsky have been working with the orchestra.
The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra regularly works with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Their discography includes numerous recordings for ECM Records, harmonia mundi, Warner Classics among others with Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum and Da pacem Domine, works by Erkki-Sven Tüür as well as Mozart and Vivaldi.
In addition, the ensemble has performed at many prestigious music festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Settembre Musica Torino, Bergamo and Brescia Festival Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Cervantino, Budapest Autumn among others and at a number of venues throughout Europe as well as in USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Japan.Read more
Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost excels by his specialized versatility. He has studied orchestral and choral conducting and singing and has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers. Since 2009 Joost is Principal Conductor of the Estonian National Opera, Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra from 2013 and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir from 2015/16.
Within short time Risto Joost has conducted many internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Leipzig Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Orchestre d’ile de France, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, NorrlandsOperan Orchestra, Gävle Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Vaasa City Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Youth Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra Teatro La Fenice and the Macao Orchestra.
He has also been working with a number of esteemed vocal ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, SWR Vokalensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir – lately for the first performance of Ülo Krigul’s opera Swan Bone City at the Saarema Opera Festival in Estonia.
Highlights for the season 2016/17 are his debuts with the Strasbourg Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, Orchestra Filharmonica della Fenice, Tampere Philharmonic and Württembergisches Kammerorchester as well as further engagements with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, SWR Vokalensemble/SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Turku Philharmonic among others. At the Estonian National Opera Risto Joost conducts La Traviata, Gounods Faust, Aida, Carmen, Rinaldo and Ball im Savoy.
His operatic repertoire includes furthermore L’elisir d’amore, La Bohème, Tosca, Capuleti e i Montecchi, Wallenberg by Erkki-Sven Tüür and ballets as MacMillan’s Manon, Tauno Aints’ Modigliani - The Cursed Artist and others.
Risto Joost is one of the founders of Kamber, an Estonian artistic company which is focused on modern music theatre performance. He is also a co-founder of Baltic Studio Lirico, an international training programme for coaching young opera singers.
His discography includes recordings by Haydn with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Peeter Vähi with the Latvian National Symphony, Arvo Pärt with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, various recordings of Estonian music with the Estonian National Symphony and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra as well as choral works by Arvo Pärt and Palestrina with the Netherlands Chamber Choir.
In 2011, Risto Joost was awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic.
Risto Joost has studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2008, Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Masters Degree, majoring in orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula.
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