Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Risto Joost, conductor | Carolin Widmann, violin

29.01. - 02.02.2020
Works by Mendelssohn and Arvo Pärt


Heino Eller: Five pieces for string orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto D minor


Erich Korngold: Symphonic Serenade B flat major op. 39

Peter Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence



Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto D minor


Arvo Pärt: Fratres for solo violin and orchestra

Erich Korngold: Symphonic Serenade B flat major op. 39


Peter Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

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.

Season 2018/19

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Risto Joost conductor

The young Estonian conductor Risto Joost excels by his specialized versatility and is considered as one of the most innovative minds of the younger conductor scene. He has already held major artistic positions, succeeded at important competitions and conducted some of the world’s most distinguished orchestras.The trained singer and Conductor in Residence of the Estonian National Opera, is Chief Conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Birgitta Festival Tallinn and Artistic Director of the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir since 2015.

Alongside his manifold projects with the MDR Leipzig Symphony and MDR Leipzig Radio Choir Risto Joost is in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, SWR Symphony Stuttgart, Danish National Symphony Orchestra,, Mariinsky Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra dell Teatro La Fenice, Netherlands Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic, Prague Radio Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony,  Latvian National Symphony, Odense Symphony,  Tampere Philharmonic among others. In addition he collaborated with the RIAS Kammerchor, SWR Vokalensemble, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir and Rundfunkchor Berlin.

At the Estonian National Opera Risto Joost has led more than 20 premieres. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers. At the Birgitta Festival Tallinn he led La Bohème in 2018.

Upcoming highlights are his debuts with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Wuppertal Symphony and various projects with the Janacek Philharmonic.

During this season Risto Joost conducts with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony and MDR Leipzig Radio Choir Schubert Symphony No. 8 and Mass A flat major, Mahler Symphony No. 2, J.S. Bach/Mendelssohn St Matthew Passion and Beethoven Symphony No. 9.

His discography includes Tonu Korvits’ Moorland Elegies (Ondine Records) and works 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.

For his artistic activities in Estonia and abroad, Risto Joost received the music award of the Cultural Foundation in Estonia in 2016 and was awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic in 2011. He was Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012.

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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Carolin Widmann violin

A wonderfully versatile musician, Carolin Widmann’s activities span the great classical concerti, new commissions specially written for her, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music and, increasingly, period instrument performances, including play/direction from the violin.

Following the release of Widmann’s critically acclaimed Mendelssohn/Schumann Concerto’s disc, the 2016/17 season saw her debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonia do Estado de São Paulo, Hallé Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony. Widmann also premièred Michael Zev Gordon’s new violin concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo.

2017/18 saw her give performances with the BBC Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Residentie Orkest, and RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, as well as recitals at the Ultraschall Berlin, Bozar in Brussels, in Salzburg and Fribourg and chamber music projects in Vienna and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

Highlights of Widmann’s 2018/19 season include invitations to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, RSB Orchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Gulbenkian Orchestra, BBC ScottishSymphony, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig. She will also perform the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s Violin Concerto No 2 at Suntory Hall in Tokyo with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and will perform the work in Europe with Orchestre de Paris and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Alte Oper Frankfurt under Andrés Orozco-Estrada. A prolific chamber musician, Carolin appears regulary at the leading concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Bozar in Brussels, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and the Philharmonie in Berlin. This season she will embark on major recital tours of North and South America, Italy and she will return to the Wiener Konzerthaus to perform an all Beethoven recital as part of their Beethoven celebrations.

Named ‘Musician of the Year’ at the International Classical Music Awards 2013, Ms Widmann has played with Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, Tonhalle Zurich, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Bayerische Rundfunk, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with distinguished conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Jurowski, Marek Janowski and Pablo Heras-Casado. She also appears at such widely known festivals as Berliner Festspiele, Salzburg, Lucerne, Festival d’Automne and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Carolin Widmann was born in Munich and studied with Igor Ozim in Köln, Michèle Auclair in Boston and David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Since 2006, she has been professor of violin at Leipzig’s University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy”.

Carolin Widmann plays on a violin by G. B. Guadagnini from 1782.


  • CD Review: Tonu Korvits Moorland Elegies

    Tonu Korvits does not hesitate to use familiar compositions, with regular melodies and tonal sounds,up to close harmonies. With the choral tradition of the Baltics he combines an captivating level of string orchestra. (...) In the realization of this recording, the composer had the superb Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, an apparently uncommonly sensitive conductor and, moreover, two excellent soloists.

    Rasmus van Rijn, www.klassik-heute.com, 23.05.2017

  • Risto Joost, Alina Pogostkina and TCO at MDR Musiksommer

    Risto Joost showed impressively the sophisticated culture of playing by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra in the cathedral of Bautzen. Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt joined together as soul-related solitaires, polished and unobtrusively. With a well-balanced and contrasting accompaniment, as Bach's concertos ask for. With an intensity that hits the mark with Pärt’s “Silouan's song”. (...) This evening featured Bach in a lively joy of playing, Pärt offered sensational moments. Joost and his orchestra brought the audience to hovering here, and gave a special, Baltic affinity to this music similar to a mother tongue.Long applause.

    Sächsische Zeitung, Karsten Blüthgen, 10.07.2017


Tonu Korvits: Moorland Elegies

Tonu Korvits: Moorland Elegies
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Ondine (2017)

Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 1 in D Major Cello Concerto No 1 in C Major
Symphony No 104 in D Major
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Silver Ainomäe, Risto Joost

Tallinna Filharmoonia (2014)