YOA ORCHESTRA OF THE AMERICAS
soloist Pille Lill (soprano)
Female Chamber Choir Sireen
conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto (Mexico)
Programme: A. Pärt,
J. Reinvere (world premiere), A. Ginastera
YOA Orchestra of the Americas
is a world-class symphony orchestra of gifted young musicians, ages 18 to 30, representing 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Since the beginning in 2001 YOA’s mission has been to empower young musical leaders to transform lives across the Americas and beyond. YOA brings renowned artists - from Yo-Yo Ma to Martha Argerich, from Plácido Domingo to Philip Glass - into the lives of young musicians, and diverse audiences. YOA has performed in settings that range from the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, China, and the Americas to outdoor venues not often associated with symphonic music. YOA has reached millions through live performances, television and radio broadcasts, CD recordings, print media, and documentary films. The season centerpiece is a July - August Residence and Concert Tour held each year in different regions of the world. Musicians, Faculty, Conductors, and Guest artists gather for a 2-week Residence of daily full orchestra and sectional rehearsals to prepare diverse and challenging repertoire to take on a month-long Tour. In 2016 the tour will be joined by musicians form the Baltic region. YOA is also organizing the Global Leaders Program which is an annual yearlong training course that supports the transformation of exceptional musicians into leading social entrepreneurs. The Program combines unique on-site leadership development in diverse international settings with a remote classroom curriculum guided by a world-class pioneering faculty. Participants grow simultaneously as cultural entrepreneurs, teaching artists, and performers. The impact of YOA stretches far and wide. Participants return to their native countries to share experiences and gained knowledge with their communities. YOA connects musicians to institutions of higher learning and professional job opportunities. YOA has served as the model for music education programs in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, the United States, and Uruguay.
is one of the most well known opera singers in Estonia today. She obtained her M.A. degree from the Sibelius Academy (2003, Prof. L. Linkko-Malmio) and M.A. diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Prof. J. Peters). From 2004-2011 she continued her studies at the doctorate level at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Prof. Jaakko Ryhänen and 2005/06 with the Professors Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai in Karlsruhe. Over the years she has been awarded many prizes - Best Female Singer in Estonia (1996, 2002), the Wagner Society Scholarship (1998), the Bishop Platon III degree Distinguished Service Order (2005), the UNICEF Bluebird Award (2009) and the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award (2014). Pille Lill has performed with numerous conductors, the most influential are N. Järvi, G. Rozdestvensky, C. F. Cillario, E. Klas, J. Storgårds, G. Rinkevicius, A. Volmer, A. Tali, M. Kütson, A. Mustonen and O. Elts. Her opera repertoire includes over 30 operas - Donna Anna, Countess, Pamina (Mozart - Don Giovanni, Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute), Agathe (Weber - Der Freischütz), Tosca, Mimi, Butterfly (Puccini - Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly), Elisabetta, Desdemona, Elvira, Violetta, Aida, Amelia, Lady Macbeth (Verdi - Don Carlo, Otello, Ernani, La Traviata, Aida, Un ballo in Maschera, Macbeth), Lisa (Tchaikovsky - the Queen of Spades), Santuzza (Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana), Venus (Wagner - Tannhäuser) etc. Pille Lill has been highly sought after as an oratorio soloist (Mahler - 4. and 8. Symph.; Mozart, Dvořák, Verdi, Brahms – Requiems; Beethoven 9. Symph.; Tobias “Des Jona Sendung”; Shostakovich 14. Symph.; Sibelius „Kullervo“ etc.) and her notable career as a chamber musician has taken her around the world. Pille Lill has recorded numerous CD’s - M. Sink “Christmas Songs” (PLMF 2006), A. Kapp “Organ- and Chamber Music” (Eres 2000), J. Torrim “Organ Music” (Antes 1997), L. Sumera “To Reach Yesterday” (2005), R. Tobias “Jona Sendung” (con N. Järvi 1995 BIS, con. N. Järvi 2009 DVD). Pille Lill is the founder of the Pille Lill Music Foundation (2003, ), which was launched to support talented Estonian musicians. She is also a sought after vocal teacher (from 1997-2013 at the Estonian Academy Music and Theatre, since 2003 as an associate professor) and gives many masterclasses in different countries each year.
Female Chamber Choir Sireen | conductors Tiiu Sinipalu ja Ülle Tuisk
was founded in 2011 by the conductors Tiiu Sinipalu and Ülle Tuisk. Beautiful and talented sirens from the most dangerous coasts of the Baltic Sea have found concert stages to be the best hunting grounds of sailors. They are dazzling, powerful and seducing not just with their outer beauty but mainly because of how they make music. The choir strives for rich, feminine, captivating sound, using it for every musical era and style. The repertoire of Sireen comprises music from Renaissance to contemporary works. The choir takes special pride in working with young and talented Estonian composers like Evelin Seppar, Maria Kõrvits, Pärt Uusberg and Sander Pehk. The sirens have been noticed giving concerts in churches and village halls as well as on rocky beaches and abandoned warehouses. While the choir is purposefully mutinous and revolutionary in its performances, the quality of music and professional sound still remain as priority. This enables the choir to cooperate over genres and with nontraditional partners such as The Membranes. In 2013 Chamber Choir Sireen was awarded 2nd Prize in the category of female choirs at the 13th International Choir Festival Tallinn 2013. In 2015 Chamber Choir Sireen was awarded 2nd Prize in the category of equal voices choirs at the 14th International Choir Festival Tallinn 2015. In 2016 Sireen was awarded First Prize in the category of equal voices choirs at the 13th Estonian Chamber Choir Festival. In September 2016 the choir will release it’s first CD recording “Terra Incognita”.
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- Two Lullabies (for strings and soprano soloist)
- "Lieder bei schwindendem Licht" Commissioned piece (for orchestra and soprano soloist)
- Variaciones Concertantes
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Recognized as the leading Mexican conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto is the Music Director of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, the country’s most important orchestra, and is currently in great demand as a guest conductor with many top North American and European orchestras. He is also the Music Director of the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería. Prieto is renowned for championing Latin American music and has conducted over 50 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers. His recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto has received two Grammy nominations.