Glass Bead Game in Palmse

14/11/2020 - 14/08/2021

Palmse Manor

June 23, 2020
Klaaspärlid Palmses
October 8, 2020

Saturday night in Palmse manor, Lääne-Viru county, Estonia

Palmse Manor is one of the greatest Baroque mansions in Estonia. The mansion and open-air museum were the first fully restored manor complex in the country. They are surrounded by the beautiful natural environment of Lahemaa National Park and provide an overview of Estonian manor life and architecture throughout the ages. The open-air museum boasts parks, gardens and historical buildings and features exhibitions, workshops, a Palm House, a wine cellar, a romantic café and a tavern serving national dishes.

Sat, Nov 14th, 2020 at 7 pm
Kremerata Baltica & Daniil Bulayev (violin, Latvia)
Vivaldi, Vasks, Vähi

The brand new concert series Glass Bead Game in Palmse, created in collaboration between Palmse Manor and the festival Glasperlenspiel, makes a remarkable opening by presenting to the audience one of the most outstanding international European music collectives Kremerata Baltica (artistic director Gidon Kremer). The Kremerata’s extraordinary artistic level is proved by the New York Times, Grammy Award, numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and ECM as well as stage partners like Martha Argerich, Evgeni Kissin, Vadim Repin, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle etc. The energetic and joyful timeless music of Antonio Vivaldi, a true master of the Baroque era, will be performed in the beautiful Palmse Manor house with a long and rich history.

Daniil Bulayev, 16 years old, is currently studying with Nelli Sarkisyan in Riga and with Petru Munteanu in Germany. Daniil made his debut as a soloist with chamber orchestra in Riga at the age of five (!). Two years later, when he performed with the Symphony Orchestra in Russia. At the age of 8 Daniil gave his first recital at the Concert Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Since 2013 he annually gives his violin recitals. Daniil has performed with the Moscow Virtuosi, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Riga, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Archi De Sono, Mitteleuropa Orchestra, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Youth Chamber Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Opera Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Armenian National Symphony Orchestra, Macao Orchestra. He has performed regularly as a soloist in numerous festivals in Latvia, Lithuania, Argentina, Belgium, Armenia, Switzerland, Italy, Macao, China.

Vivladi. The Four Seasons, Winter. Kremerata Baltica. Live, fragment, 3 min 6 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps

Sat, Dec 12th, 2020 at 7 pm
Kristjan Randalu & Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta
Naissoo, Tamberg, Vinter, Kikerpuu, folk tune


The second concert of the concert series Glass Bead Game in Palmse presents pianist Kristjan Randalu’s humorous and lively programme Enter Denter, inspired by the legendary TV-show Entel-Tentel, which is familiar and loved by many. Well-known children’s songs in Randalu’s witty improvisational arrangement will undoubtedly bring positive and uplifting emotions into the dark autumn season. Kristjan Randalu is one of the most internationally known Estonian pianists, performing all over the world in both the classical music and jazz genres, being an artist at countless festivals and the winner of many awards. His discography includes 27 CDs and DVDs. The partner of the pianist at the concert will be the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta (music director and chief conductor Andres Mustonen), which as a collective is always open to new exciting projects and shares a common belief that music making should bring joy and pleasure to the audience, and can invigorate souls and minds regardless of style.

Estonian folk tune Igaühel oma pill, arranged and performed by Kristjan Randalu, live, fragment, 3 min 17 sec, mp3

Sat, Jan 9th, 2021 at 7 pm
Orthodox Singers

With the first concert of the new year in Palmse manor, the concert series Glass Bead Game in Palmse pays homage to the musical traditions of Russian Christmas, providing an excellent opportunity for the Estonian Russian community as well as for other listeners to experience the true musical pearls of Russian music culture. Beautiful Christmas songs are performed by the ensemble Orthodox Singers, which consists of professional musicians. The ensemble’s repertoire includes both early and modern Orthodox music. The ensemble’s performances are characterized by the complete immersion in every word of the scriptures, impeccable vocal technique, well thought-out dynamical plan and extraordinary sense of style. In 2020, the artistic director of Orthodox Singers, Valeri Petrov, was awarded the annual prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for the artistic direction of the ensemble and the leadership of the Mustvee Sacred Music Festival.

Orthodox Singers, live, fragment, 3 min 50 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps

During the concert, a live-painting by Anna Litvinova will be completed, and an art auction will take place after the concert.

In addition, the opportunity to have dinner and spend the night in the manor. Find out more at +372 55 599977 or

Next artists: Wiener Kammersymphonie (Austria), Heigo Rosin Trio, Maria Krestinskaya (violin, Russia) – Maria Valdmaa (soprano) – Imbi Tarum (harpsichord), Luc Robert (tenor, Canada) & Rémi Boucher (guitar, Canada), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta & Andres Mustonen, Hugo Ticciati (violin, UK) & Sukhwinder „Pinky“ Singh (percussion, USA)

Due to travel restrictions caused by a coronavirus pandemic, the organizers reserve the right to make changes to the concert series programmes.