Introduction

The musical scope of Eesti Kontsert encompasses symphonic and chamber music, jazz, choral music, electronic acoustic music and music for children. The State Concert Institute Eesti Kontsert (hereinafter Eesti Kontsert) organizes 1000 concerts and different musical events per year in Estonia and abroad as well. Eesti Kontsert services music institutions, individual performers and other concert agencies. Among the ranks of Eesti Kontsert there are two internationally renowned groups: Estonian National Male Choir and the early music consort Hortus Musicus.

Mission

The main mission of Eesti Kontsert is to coordinate musical activity in Estonia, organise concerts, and initiate new music programmes. Creating and maintaining international relationships as well as spreading music-related information are also important.

 

Festivals

Every year Eesti Kontsert organizes numerous international music festivals such as Tallinn Piano Festival, Saaremaa Opera Festival, Tallinn International Organ Festival, Pärnu Opera Days, Music of Seven Cities, MustonenFest etc.
Eesti Kontsert holds concerts in schools and outdoors, in chamber halls all over Estonia, offers concert series for rural municipalities, music institutions and local concert arrangers/managers across the state.

History

State Philharmonic Society of ESSR was founded on 4 February 1941. During the succeeding war years, the continuity of State Philharmonic Society was interrupted. Nevertheless, concert activities were going on until the threat of occupation forced most of performing musicians to leave their homes.
In November 1944, State Philharmonic Society of ESSR was restored with Paul Varandi, an actor and stage director as Director and Gustav Ernesaks as Artistic Director of the institution. The premises of the Philharmony were located in the Drama Theatre, Tallinn Art Hall, Kopli Cultural Centre, Nõmme Cinema and other locations in Tallinn.
In addition, Ernesaks’s male choir the Philharmonic Society incorporated the choir of Tallinn Female Society (stopped its activities in 1950) and Vladimir Sapozhnin’s jazz orchestra (in collaboration with conductors Erich Kõlar, Boris Kõrver, Leo Tauts, Richard Mölder, Peeter Saul, Feliks Mandre), brass band (conductors Voldemar Jakobson, Leopold Vigla, Aleksei Stepanov; reorganised into a pop orchestra in 1957). Auditions were also held for 60 performers with various profiles, ranging from magicians to bear tamers.
In the 1950s, the Philharmonic Society consisted of male choir, pop orchestra and folk dance ensemble, the soloists Ellen Laidre, Vera Poteshina, Nadezhda Anniko, Ines Rannap, Vladimir Sapozhnin, Roland Pikhof.
In 1972, the Philharmonic Society incorporated early music ensemble Hortus Musicus, founded by Andres Mustonen.
On 30 September 1989, the State Philharmony was renamed Eesti Kontsert (since 1997 a state concert institution). Oleg Sapozhnin continued as the Director, followed by Enno Mattisen in 1993 and Aivar Mäe in 1999.

Management of Eesti Kontsert

The Supervisory Board of Eesti Kontsert is in formation.

The Management Board of Eesti Kontsert consists of one member:
The Chairman of Management Board of Eesti Kontsert is Jüri Leiten.

Concert Halls

Eesti Kontsert manages the largest concert halls in Estonia – Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, Vanemuine Concert Hall in Tartu, Pärnu Concert Hall and Jõhvi Concert Hall. Also, since February 2011 Eesti Kontsert has concert hall in Russia, St Petersburg St John’s Church. All the aforementioned halls have excellent acoustics and capacity to seat approximately one thousand visitors per hall, are furnished with modern interiors and equipped with the latest technical equipment.
As a concert venue, the possible uses of Concert Halls are limited only by the organizer’s vision and imagination. Both the large casts of major symphonic works and pop musicians have felt equally at home on stage.
The removable chair system of the Halls enables to transform the academic concert atmosphere to a opera house, conference facility, a concert hall or a ballroom. It is also convenient to hold banquets, fashion shows, concert-receptions, gala events, song contests, anniversaries, graduation festivities, exhibitions and charity events in the same Halls.

Artistic Council

Toomas Velmet,
Chairman of Artistic Council of Eesti Kontsert
Professor of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Madli-Liis Parts,
Counsellor of Estonian Ministry of Culture

Peep Lassmann,
President of Estonian Music Council

Arvo Leibur,
Representative of Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Tiia Teder,
Representative of Estonian National Broadcasting

Jüri Leiten,
The Chairman of Management Board of Eesti Kontsert

Olav Ehala,
Chairman of Estonian Composers’ Union

Ivar Ilja,
Chairman of Association of Estonian Professional Musicians

Kulvo Tamra,
Head of Vanemuise Concert Hall