The Latvian Radio Choir and Sigvards Klava are shortlisted for the ICMA Award 2020 in the category choral with their album Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostum at Ondine. The winners will be announced on 21 January.
Tonu Kaljuste conducts an Arvo Pärt portrait at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on 3 February with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chor within the ECM festival Reflektor Manfred Eicher.
Risto Joost is at the rostrum of Tallinn Chamber Orchestra at ECM Festival in Hamburg Elbphilharmonie on 5 February to conduct the portrait Souvenance by and with Anouar Brahem for oud, bass clarinet, bass, piano and chamber orchestra.
The Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs with Raphaela Gromes, violoncello and Julian Riem, piano in Friedrichshafen on 7 February music by Ravel, Bernstein and Gershwin among others.
The Arcis Saxophone Quartet appears at Konzerthaus Berlin within the series Espresso on 11 December. The programme features music by J.S. Bach, Leonard Bernstein, Felix Mendelssohn and George Gershwin.
On 8 December the Arcis Saxophone Quartet performs at London Conway Hall the programme American Dreams with music by Reich, Dvorak, Bernstein, Barber and Gershwin.
Anna-Maria Helsing has been appointed as Artistic Director of the Rusk Chamber Music Festival in Jakobstad, Finland from 2020. The festival takes place annually in November.
On 28 November Anna-Maria Helsing conducts the Wermland Opera Orchestra in Karlstad, Sweden in Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 "Scottish" and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.
Risto Joost conducts the opening concert of the residency of Tonu Korvits with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra in Tallinn on 22 November. The programme features the premiere of Nocturanus, a composition for strings and gongs, where the gongs are placed in the hall in the form of a solar system.
Tõnu Kaljuste has been appointed Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Radio Choir. From 1995-2001 he held the position of Chief Conductor and has afterwards maintained a very strong relationship with the ensemble. He conducts a tour with the choir in Germany in May 2020.