The Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian Music Academy already performed at Young Euro Classic in 2002 and 2005. It represents the extraordinarily high standard of Estonian music education, especially since the country’s best conductors, including Paul Mägi, Eri Klas, Arvo Volmer and Andres Mustonen, work with the students, as do renowned foreign orchestra directors such as Lutz Köhler (Berlin) and Michel Tabachnik (Switzerland). Every year, the orchestra rehearses approximately seven complete concert programmes, which it performs not only at the Academy, but in concert halls throughout the country and at various festivals. Its concerts for younger audiences, organized together with other departments of the Academy, are increasingly popular. Every two years, it performs a great choral symphonic work or opera at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn.
Something to be proud of: Dietmar Bär, who plays the character of Freddy Schenk in the Cologne Tatort crime series, was voted the most popular TV investigator in Germany in 2014. He has played the Detective Inspector in over 60 cases since 1997 and won the German Television Award in 2000. Together with Klaus J. Behrendt, he received the Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2015 from Prime Minister Hannelore Kraft.
Dietmar Bär, a native of Dortmund, considers it of extreme importance to remain close to his people. As often as he can, the ardent fan of Borussia Dortmund mixes with the fans in the stadium in his black and yellow jersey. His daily life, however, is rather different from the rough big guy with an insatiable appetite for “currywurst” he plays in the Tatort series. Dietmar Bär lives in Berlin, loves to read, listens to all kinds of music and has developed into a gourmet with vegetarian preferences: “I am too old for cheap wine and bad food.” However, he is not too old for the various social causes he supports: Bär is a member of the association “pro futura”, which attempts to give young and long-term unemployed people a perspective for the future. He also tries to improve the lives of children living in the streets in the Philippines. And he supports Young Euro Classic not only as an evening patron, but also as a member of the German Association of Friends of European Youth Orchestras e.V.
The 62-year-old Estonian Paul Mägi looks back upon several decades of a successful career as a concert and opera conductor, making him one of the central figures in his country’s musical life. He founded the Estonian Radio Chamber Orchestra as early as 1978, going on to conduct the Estonian National Opera and becoming chief conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, he is active mainly in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, but has also conducted renowned orchestras in Germany, Switzerland, France and the USA. Since 2011 Paul Mägi has been music director at the oldest theatre in Estonia, the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, where he has conducted operas such as Carmen, Werther and Eugene Onegin, but also new productions of operas by Eduard Tubin and Tauno Aints. Paul Mägi already conducted the Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian Music Academy during its last performance at Young Euro Classic in 2005.
The Estonian pianist Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann is one of her country’s most important chamber musicians. She has performed all over Europe, mainly with the Trio New Tallinn, and also celebrated her US debut with a programme of her compatriot Erkki-Sven Tüür in 2011. Educated at the Estonian Academy of Music and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann has also performed as a soloist with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in music productions of the Estonian Radio and in several CD productions, where she took on the piano part in vocal works by her compatriots Veljo Tormis (Litany to Thunder), Toivo Tulev and Erkki-Sven Tüür (Oxymoron).
"Mechanics of Flying" (World Premiere)
Symphony No. 2 in B-Minor “The Legendary” (1937)
7 pm: Pre-concert Lecture with Anne Kussmaul in the Werner-Otto-Saal
Free for ticket holders (admission at 6:45 pm)
The student orchestra from Estonia last performed at Young Euro Classic in 2005. This means that it is high time to hear these excellent musicians again live, especially since they are bringing exceptional fare with them: three works by three Estonian composers! The youngest of them, Liisa Hirsch, will compose a new work especially for the festival, where it will be premiered. Her work will be flanked by two further compatriots, representing the great musical tradition of this small country. Arvo Pärt, now 80 years old, attained world fame with his suggestive, artful music. His work Lamentate (2002) for solo piano and orchestra oscillates between brutality and fragility, according to the composer, and was inspired by a sculpture by the Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. The greatest Estonian composer of symphonic music, Eduard Tubin, is one generation older than Pärt. His Symphony No. 2 (1938) resembles a journey of discovery through Nordic (emotional) landscapes.
The concert will be recorded and broadcast nationally by Deutschlandradio Kultur. The date of the broadcast is September 01, 2016, 20:03-22:00. In Berlin via UKW 89.6, DAB+ and cable.
This concert will be broadcast via live stream on ARTE Concert and will be available online for 30 days. A production by EuroArts Music and ZDF in cooperation with ARTE.