Baltic Music Days
Estonian Music Days

Online festival 2021
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Estonia)

Thu, April 29 2021, 19:00
Online from The House of the Blackheads

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Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Age Juurikas – piano
Riivo Kallasmaa – oboe
Andres Kaljuste – viola

Conductor Andres Kaljuste

Open chat

Changing Earth

Anna-Margret Noorhani (*1999) – 5h du matin for solo viola (2020, premiere)
performed by Andres Kaljuste

Märt-Matis Lill (*1975) – Raudi, raudi for oboe and chamber orchestra (2020, premiere)
soloist Riivo Kallasmaa

Riho Esko Maimets (*1988) – Two Pieces for strings (2020, premiere) 

Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (*1977) – Blow Your House Down, concerto for piano and chamber orchestra (2020, premiere)
soloist Age Juurikas


5h du matin (2020, premiere) for solo viola was inspired by the woods on Couspeau Mountain in Southern France, where I once escaped from Estonia. I tried to remember this idyllic early morning when nature was enjoying its last moments of rest from human activity and the woods looked as if they came to life with the sunrise. (Anna-Margret Noorhani) 

Raudi, raudi (Cry, Cry, 2020, premiere) is based on a Latvian folk song that tells the story of a distraught young man whose marriage proposal is rejected by a girl who prefers to marry another man and “not a servant”. I have structured my piece so that the musical material gradually evolves into a more recognizable folk tune and finally flows into the polyphonic repetitions of the tune. (Märt-Matis Lill).

Two Pieces for strings (2020, premiere) The title “Two Pieces” alludes to the music itself without needing to put it into words. (Riho Esko Maimets)

Blow Your House Down (2020, premiere). We build walls to protect ourselves from the outside world, from getting hurt. There is so much around us that hurts too much to care – forests are destroyed, our culture and education are becoming increasingly superficial and alienated from reality, life (forms) are vanishing from among us. All this is also tearing at our internal landscape so that we often have no more strength to care. Thus, this house inside us gradually becomes air and sound tight fortress. I feel that it is important to face reality, no matter how terrifying it is, being the wolf who blows the house down and, at the same time, the piglet who becomes vulnerable. (Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes)

Without consideration, without
pity, without shame
they have built great and high
walls around me.

And now I sit here and
I think of nothing else: this
fate gnaws at my mind;

for I had many things to do
Ah why did I not pay attention
when they were building the walls.

But I never heard any noise or
sound of builders.
Imperceptibly they shut me
from the outside world.
(Text: Constantine Cavafy)


The Estonian Music Days introduces one of the top collectives in Estonia – the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conducted by a remarkably diverse musician – conductor, violinist and viola player Andres Kaljuste. The new concert pieces have been composed by Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes and Märt-Matis Lill, and will be performed by young yet already established soloists – pianist Age Juurikas and oboist Riivo Kallasmaa. The author of the brand new piece for string orchestra is the young Canadian-born but internationally active composer Riho Esko Maimets. Andres Kaljuste will perform Anna-Margret Noorhani’s solo piece for viola.
The pieces were composed for last year’s Estonian Music Days, but due to the extraordinary situation, they will premiere this year.

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Aaro Pertmann Age Juurikas Age Veeroos Aleksandr Žedeljov Alisson Kruusmaa Alvils Altmanis André de Sousa Vieira Andres Kaljuste Andris Dzenītis Anna Ķirse Anna-Margret Noorhani Antoine Beuger Arash Yazdani Ardo Ran Varres Art Leete  Arturas Bumšteinas Arvydas Malcys Beat Furrer Bronius Kutavičius Diana Čemerytė Eladio Barreto Aguilar Elis Hallik Elo Masing EMTA Sinfonietta Ensemble for New Music Tallinn Ensemble of the Estonian Electronic Music Society (EMA) Ensemble U: Eugene Birman Evelin Seppar Evija Skuķe Fie Schouten Georgs Pelēcis Gintaras Sodeika Gundega Šmite Helena Tulve Janika Oras Jievaras Jasinskis Jonathan Harvey Justina Repečkaitė Kadri-Ann Sumera Kaspar Mänd Kristiina Tambets Kristjan Kõrver Krists Auznieks Lauri Jõeleht Lepo Sumera Liina Sumera Liisa Hõbepappel Linda Leimane Madis Arukask Madli Marje Gildemann Mads Schang Olsen Maija Einfelde Malle Maltis Maria Faust Maria Kõrvits Mariliis Valkonen Märt-Matis Lill Mihhail Gerts  Mirjam Tally Mykolas Natalevičius Oliver Dubon Onutė Narbutaitė Paul Daniel Piano Quartet Quadra Platon Buravicky Rasmus Puur Régis Campo Riho Esko Maimets Riivo Kallasmaa Rita Mačiliūnaitė Santa Bušs Santa Ratniece Sinfonietta Rīga String Quartet Synaesthesis Taavi Kerikmäe Taivo Lints Tallinn Chamber Orchestra Talvi Hunt Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) Timo Steiner Tõnis Kaumann Twenty Fingers Duo Ülo Krigul Vytautas V. Jurgutis Yang Ren YXUS Ensemble Žibuoklė Martinaitytė