RECTORS I / WINGED BEINGS
Peep Lassmann (piano)
Messiaen, Ravel, Rameau
Peep Lassmann is one of the most outstanding pianists in Estonia, valued as a soloist and ensemble partner. He has achieved recognition for his interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s piano music, he gave the Estonian premiere of the grand cycles Vingt regards sur l’ enfant Jesus and Catalogue d’Oiseau. Lassmann is also pedagogue and an active figure in Estonian musical life.
Lassmann began his musical studies with Prof. Heljo Sepp, whose supervision he remained under until graduating from the Tallinn Conservatoire. He continued with Emil Gilels in Moscow Conservatoire (1971–1973). Already during his university years, Lassmann was awarded many prizes at the piano competitions, the most valuable is the 2nd prize at the competition for pianists of the whole former Soviet Union in 1969.
As an active concert pianist, Lassmann has given recitals and performed with chamber ensembles. Concert trips have taken Lassmann in many countries of Europe, America and Asia. He has performed together with such conductors as Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Nikolai Rabinovich, Nikolai Alexeev, Peeter Lilje, Arvo Volmer, Paul Mägi, Andres Mustonen…
Being an acitve figure in Estonian musical life, Lassmann is related to many musical institutions: he is a chairman of the board of Estonian Piano Teachers Association (since 1991), the president of Estonian Music Council (since 1995), the vicepresident of Association of Baltic Academies of Music (since 2002), the councellor of Estonian National Opera (since 1998) and the chairman of the board of Estonian Ornithological Society (since 2003). Lassmann has been the member of the board of The European Association of Conservatoires (2000–2006) and the Academic Council of the President of Estonia (2002–2006). He was also a foundation member of Association of Estonian Professional Musicians and has been its first chairman (1998–2002).