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Järvakandi Church
05.07 at 7 p.m.
Sigrid Kuulmann and Kristina Kriit
Program: Bach, Mägi, Wieniawski jt.

SIGRID KUULMANN has graduated from the Tallinn Music High School and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tiiu Peäske). She has furthered her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf (prof. Rosa Fain). She has obtained a doctoral degree in music interpretation (2014, prof. Mari Tampere-Bezrodny) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), where she also works as a lecturer. Her playing has been guided by professors I. Bezrodny, D. Sitkovetsky, M. Martin, P. Vernikov, Y. Neaman, J. Gerretz and her studies have been supported by the Corporation of London, British Council Baltic States, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Estonian Cultural Endowment. Kuulmann is a laureate-prize winner of the international Heino Eller Violin Competition and several other competitions. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in many European countries, the Middle East, and South America. She has received special recognition for her performances of Estonian composers, especially Tubin's works. For the first time in Estonia, she has performed Lutosławski's Partita, Berio's Sequenza VIII, Virkhaus's Violin Concerto No. 2, Bizet-Waxman's "Carmen Fantasy," and other works. Kuulmann has made recordings for the Estonian Public Broadcasting, including Sibelius's Violin Concerto with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In cooperation with ERR and Estonian Record Productions, she has released CDs featuring both classical-romantic programs and Tubin's violin music. Kuulmann is a founding member of Trio Hemeīs, established in 2012, and a recipient of the PLMF Musician's Fund scholarship.

KRISTINA KRIIT has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with a master's degree in violin performance under the guidance of Professor Mari Tampere-Bezrodny (2004) and has furthered her studies with Professor Igor Bezrodny, Eduard Schmieder, Pavel Vernikov, and Hermann Krebbers. She has also studied with Professor Hermann Kienzli at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg (2001-2002). Kriit has participated in several international competitions, the most important of which are the Heino Eller Violin Competition in Tallinn (special prize, 1996) and the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Lublin, Poland (1997). She has twice been a recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious Holland Music Sessions. Kriit is highly regarded as a performer of contemporary music and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in almost all European and Scandinavian countries. She initiated the formation of the Tallinn String Trio in 2005. Currently, Kriit is a professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and serves as the third concertmaster of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Kristina Kriit is a scholarship recipient of the PLMF Music Trust.

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