Mezzo-soprano Tuuri Dede is a member of the initiative for young singers Equilibrium Young Artists created by world famous contemporary music soprano Barbara Hannigan.
Dede has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as The Munich Philharmonics, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony orchestra, Copenhagen Phiharmonics, The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Øresund, Liepaja Symphony Orhestra etc. and conductors like Barbara Hannigan, Audrey Saint- Gil, Olari Elts, Risto Joost, Tõnu Kaljuste, Peter Spissky, Kaspar Mänd, Erki Pehk, Mikk Üleoja, Hirvo Surva, Martin Sildos, Orhun Orhon, Ingrid Roose, Andreas Peer Kähler, Toomas Kapten etc.
Dede received her masters degree from Sibelus Academy, has previously graduated from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and studied a year at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera is engaged as soloist as well as chamber musician and accompanist. Her repertoire covers a wide range from baroque to contemporary music. She has issued several CD-s with the music of an Estonian first generation composer Mart Saar and of her father Lepo Sumera.
Opening Ceremony Wed, 25 August 9:15-10:00
Tõnu Kaljuste is a world-renowned choir and orchestra conductor. His most historic achievement to date is the Grammy for Best Choral Performance for the Arvo Pärt album Adam’s Lament in 2014. His recordings have had a number of Grammy nominations in various categories from opera (David and Bathsheba of the Norwegian composer Ståle Kleiberg) to symphonic music. In 2019 he won the International Classical Music Award for the recording of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kaljuste’s recordings have won several other prestigious prizes such as the Cannes Classical Award (1999), Diapason d’Or (2000), Edison Musical Award (2000) and Classic BRIT Award (2003). He has recorded for the ECM Records, Virgin Classic, BIS and Caprice Records labels.
Collaboration with leading orchestras and choirs in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA has added an extra dimension to Kaljuste’s international renown. Kaljuste has been the Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Swedish Radio Choir and was named Conductor Laureate of the latter in 2019.
He is the founder of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (1993) and since the 2019/20 season once again its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director. Kaljuste founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 1981 and is back after 20 years, from August 2021 as its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.
Tõnu Kaljuste is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and a recipient of the ABC International Music Award of Japan and the Robert Edler Prize for choral music.
Maria Korepanova is the ethnomusicologist and singer who investigates and performs traditional music by Bessermans – a tiny Finno-Ugric nation (only about two thousand persons according to the census of population in 2010), and who live in the Udmurt republic of Russian Federation near Izhevsk. In 2020 Maria Korepanova defended her PhD in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The improvisational singing style of Bessermans is believed to possess a power to heal medical and mental problems.
Tenor Karl-Markus Kaiv (22) is a bachelor-level voice student at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He has performed some roles in local opera projects such as Tamino in Mozart's "Magic flute" and Podesta in his "La finta giardiniera" this spring.
Improvisational music ensemble ImproVoc 3 combines in its improvisations different sounds, speaking, singing and acting voices. In their collaboration the ensemble has found a creative breath which enables them to be inspired by each others ideas and develop and shape them into musical compositions created on the spot.