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Tallinn Piano Festival brings to the stage festive sparkle and true global piano artists

Tallinn Piano Festival 4–12.11.2016, artistic director: Lauri Väinmaa

 The piano celebration that started in 1998 has now become our biggest piano festival with the largest audience, presenting top-level guest soloists and the best Estonian piano artists.
According to Lauri Väinmaa, the artistic director of the festival, the history so far includes approximately 130 festival concerts, more than 130 pianists from all over the world, hundreds of pieces of music, dozens of master classes, and above all – around 30,000 people who have attended these concerts.

Anniversary festival – sounds special! The festival will commence with extraordinary festivity: Kalle Randalu, without whom Estonian pianism is unimaginable, is celebrating his 60th birthday in front of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Järvi. It is a unique opportunity to listen to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as performed by the world-famous pianist Michail Pletnev and ERSO at the Nordea Concert Hall. Solo performance nights will feature the fascinating and soulful Angela Hewitt, the grandiose Nelson Goerner, and the exciting Alexandre Brager; Austrian Florian Krumpöck will bring along a hint of Vienna.

The audience will have the opportunity to listen to the harmony of a harpsicord and an organ in the performance of Imbi Tarum and Julia Agayeva Hess, and enjoy jazz music by Holger Marjamaa and Joel-Rasmus Remmel. It will also be possible to witness the art of the middle generation Estonian pianist Hando Nahkur and young piano students, some of whom will definitely be seen at the next festivals. Piano ensembles are represented by the distinguished Israeli duo Silver-Garburg.

The final concert of the festival will be a spectacular event: the Estonian Piano Orchestra will fill the evening with premieres. Composers Gavin Bryars, René Eespere, Jüri Reinvere, and John De Simone have dedicated new pieces to the ensemble. The evening will end with Rein Rannap’s fantastical interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky’s beloved musical work “Pictures at an Exhibition”, which is seconded by a video installation by Artist Raoul Kurvitz.

Photos of the performers:
http://dirigent.concert.ee/avalik-ftp/Tallinna Klaverifestival 2016

More information and press passes:
Lauri Aav
Eesti Kontsert
Media Manager
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lauri.aav@concert.ee