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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Serge Zimmermann, violin
Serge Zimmermann, born 1991 in Germany into a family of musicians, received his first violin lessons by his mother at the age of five. His musicianship developed rapidly and already a few years later, in 2000, he made his orchestral debut with a violin concerto by Mozart.
Since then, he has performed with a number of renowned orchestras such as Bamberg Symphony, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España and Orchestra della RAI Torino under conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Hartmut Haenchen, Manfred Honeck, Neeme Järvi and Michael Sanderling.
A passionate chamber musician, Serge Zimmermann has performed recitals and chamber music in major venues as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin and Konzerthaus Vienna. In addition he appeared at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberger Frühling, Kissinger Sommer, Klavier-Festival Ruhr and La Folle Journée Nantes.
This season will see his debuts with the WDR Symphony, Düsseldorf Symphony as well as a tour with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn among others.