26.04.–05.05.2024 / Tartu
Sten Lassmann

Sten Lassmann is one of the most outstanding pianists in Estonia and has found acclaim in Estonia as well as abroad. He has given successful solo and chamber concerts, and has appeared as a soloist before many orchestras. He has performed in prestigious concert venues such as the big and small halls of the Moscow Conservatory, the Purcell Room in London, the Giuseppe Verdi Hall in Milan, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Sten Lassmann has collaborated as a soloist with many renowned conductors: Jüri Alperten, Nikolai Aleksejev, Paul Mägi, Risto Joost, Mihhail Gerts, Mikk Murdvee, Tõnu Kaljuste, Toomas Kapten, Vello Pähn, Toomas Vavilov, Mikk Üleoja, Arvo Volmer, Lauri Sirp, Valle-Rasmus Roots and Olari Elts.

He studied in the Tallinn Music High School, where his teachers were Ell Saviauk, Ira Floss and Ivari Ilja. He went on to study at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in the piano class of Ivari Ilja and the London Royal Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Ian Fountain. He has also furthered his skills at the Paris Conservatory under Prof. Brigitte Engerer, and has participated in the master classes of many acclaimed musicians, including Boris Berman, Konstantin Lifschitz, Michael Roll, Alexander Satz, Howard Shelley and Maxim Vengerov. In addition to the VI national competition for pianists in Tallinn (2002), Lassmann has won prizes in several international contests. He received the XIV Heino Eller Music Award (2011) and the Annual Music Award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment (2015, 2021), and in 2018 he became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in London. Recently, his album Heino Eller Complete Piano Works. Volume Nine was deemed the best classical music album of the year at the Estonian Music Awards gala (2024). Lassmann is also a dedicated chamber musician and his recent collaboration partners have been Stanislav Pronin, Pavel Berman, Natalia Lomeiko, Mikk Murdvee, Katariina Maria Kits, Robert Traksmann, Triin Ruubel, Movses Pogossian and Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, soprano Arete Kerge, mezzo sopranos Karis Trass and Maarja Purga, bass Pavlo Balakin and cellist Valle-Rasmus Roots.

Since 2008, Sten Lassmann has been dedicated to performing, recording, studying and promoting the piano compositions of Heino Eller, and he has recorded Eller’s entire piano oeuvre – 206 works. Eller’s piano music was the topic of Lassmann’s doctoral thesis at the Royal Academy of Music in London (PhD in performance practice, 2013), and from 2011 to 2023 he released a series of 9 CDs titled Heino Eller – Complete Piano Music in collaboration with Toccata Classics. He is currently writing a monograph about Eller’s piano oeuvre that will be published by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2024. Lassmann is a senior lecturer in the performance department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, a member of the board of the Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association, and a founding member of the Estonian Pianists’ Union and the Heino Eller Foundation.