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The opening concert PÄRT & PÄRT
VOCES TALLINN CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA
conductor Risto Joost
Programme: Arvo Pärt and Pärt Uusberg
* The concert will be preceded with the conversation-meeting at 6 PM by
Archbishop Urmas Viilma, the Patron of the Festival
Chamber choir Voces Tallinn was established in 1999 by Estonian-born conductor Risto Joost. Voces Tallinn is aimed at facingcomplex challenges in the field of classical choral music, particularly performing large-scale vocal works. Its repertoire embraces Western musical culture in all its richness – from early music (Tallis, Victoria, Palestrina) to the latest works of Estonian contemporary composers (Holten, Tulev, Tulve, Seppar, Steiner, Krigul) – and contains a significant part of the world’s choral music classics. In January 2020 the chamber choir’s CD “A Black Birch in Winter” (2019), recorded in cooperation with USA conductor David Puderbaugh, was awarded with Estonian Choir Music Album of the Year 2019. In 2015 the chamber choir received the Award of the Year from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Foundation.
Prizewinner of the Malko Conducting Competition 2015 and Jorma Panula Conducting Competition 2012, Risto Joost has gained widespread recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to the most challenging works of contemporary composers.
Within short time Risto Joost has conducted many internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir (Artistic Director 2015-19), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, MDR Leipzig Symphony, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, NorrlandsOperan Orchestra, Gävle Symphony, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Vaasa City Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (Chief Conductor 2013-2019), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Youth Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra and the Macao Orchestra. He has also been working a number of esteemed vocal ensembles such as the RIAS Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, SWR Vokalensemble, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
His operatic repertoire includes L’elisir d’amore, La Traviata, La Bohème, Tosca, Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Capuleti e iMontecchi, Wallenberg by Erkki-Sven Tüür and ballets as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Manon, Modigliani – The Cursed Artist and others.
Upcoming seasons highlights are his debuts with Copenhagen Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, South Netherlands Philharmonic, Trondheim Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, and return visits with Helsinki Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest, WKO Heilbronn, various projects with Janacek Philharmonic among others. With the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony and Choir Risto Joost directs several programmes with works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tonu Korvits and others.
Risto Joosts discography includes recordings by Haydn with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Peeter Vähi with the Latvian National Symphony, Arvo Pärt with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, various recordings of Estonian music with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
In 2019 the music editors of Estonian Broadcasting Company nominated Risto Joost as the Estonian musician of the year. In 2016 Risto Joost received the Music Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for artistic activities home and abroad and he was also awarded the Young Cultural Figure Award of the Estonian Republic in 2011.
Risto Joost has studied orchestral and choral conducting as well as singing at the Estonian Academy of Music and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2008, Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with a Masters Degree, majoring in orchestral conducting with Jorma Panula.