Glasperlenspiel 2009

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A joint project of ERP and the city of Tartu
Artistic director – Peeter Vähi

The festival Glasperlenspiel (‘The Glass Bead Game’) directed by Peeter Vähi has got its inspiration from the novel by Hermann Hesse. It is certainly a very special musical event in Estonian summer where music lovers can enjoy performers like Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Piotr Anderszewski, Olli Mustonen, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, etc, as well as the leading musicians of Estonia.


Sat, Jun 27th at 4 pm Vormsi Schooling Centre

Sat, Jun 27th at 8 pm Vormsi island
Gianluca Littera (harmonica, Italy)
Conductor – Paul Mägi
Program: Dvořák, composers’-trio Krigul-Valkonen-Steiner (world première), Villa-Lobos
player whole concert – live recording
player H Villa-Lobos. Harmonica Concerto, fragm, 179 sec, mp3

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send / receive / resound by Ülo Krigul, Mariliis Valkonen and Timo Steiner has been commissioned by Glasperlenspiel Festival. The festival’s initial idea was to compose music based on ringing tones of mobile phones. Different parts of the work have also been inspired by all possible means of carrying sound as information in history: an attentive listener can certainly notice even chronological succession – from wooden gong to modern times.


The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) traces its roots back to Dec 18, 1926, to the first concert broadcast by Tallinn Radio. Today the orchestra has 100 musicians. The average season includes 60 concerts.
The ERSO records music for Estonian Radio regularly, and has also worked with such recording companies as: Virgin Classics, Alba Records, BIS, Antes Edition, Globe, Signum, Ondine, Warner Classics / Finlandia Records, ERP, Melodija and others.
Past and present conductors: Igor Stravinski, Kurt Sanderling, Arvids and Māris Jansons, Kurt Mazur, Jevgeni Svetlanov, Paavo Berglund, Leif Segerstam, Yuri Temirkanov, Nikolai Alexeev, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Muhai Tang, Gilbert Kaplan, En Shao, John Storgards, Rolf Gupta, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Jorma Panula, Olari Elts, Tõnu Kaljuste, Paul Mägi, Andres Mustonen, and many others. Guest artists: José Carreras, David and Igor Oitsrakh, Gidon Kremer, Tatiana Grindenko, Liana Issakadze, Vladimir Spivakov, Viktor Tretiakov, Sergei Stadler, Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Arto Noras, David Geringas, Gennady Zut, Emil Gilels, Boris Berman, Olli Mustonen, Håkan Hagegard, Peter Donohoe, Thomas Indermühle, Frederic Chiu, Kalle Randalu and many others.
ImagetextIn 1974 Gianluca Littera began to study violin at the Conservatorio Musicale G B Martini in Bologna and later on he continued his studies under Maestro Dino Asciolla in Rome. In 1985 he graduated in violin at the Conservatorio G Rossini receiving the highest vote and honorable mention. Since many years he dedicated himself to study the harmonica.
Littera plays only chamber and symphonic works that are exclusively arranged for the harmonica by composers such as: Heitor Villa Lobos (Concerto for harmonica and orchestra), Darius Milhaud (Suite Anglaise for harmonica and orchestra), Gordon Jacob, Vaughan Williams, William Walton, Luciano Chailly (there are over 100 symphonic and chamber compositions for the Harmonica).
He was guest at some of the most important International Festivals and Musical Institutions such as: Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia (Italy), Ravenna Festival (Italy), Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado se São Paulo (Brazil), Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa (Spain), Moscow Chamber Music (Russia), Orchestre Régionnal de Cannes (France), Filarmónica de Acapulco (Mexico), Orquesta Filarmónica de la OFUNAM (Mexico), Orquestra Sinfônica da Bahia (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain), I Solisti Veneti (Italy), Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (Spain), Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio (Italy), I solisti di Napoli (Italy), Milano Classica (Italy), Istituzione Sinfonica Abruzzese (Italy), Orchestra di Piacenza (Italy), Cameristi Italiani (Italy), Collegium Musicum (Italy), Asolo Musica (Italy), Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia), Festival Generation Virtuoses Antibes (France) and many more.
In 1997 Littera recorded the Concerto for harmonica and orchestra by Heitor Villa Lobos for the Arte-Nova BMG.
ImagetextPaul Mägi has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music in 1980 as a trumpet player and from the Moscow State Conservatoire (1984, under Prof Gennady Rozhdestvensky) as a conductor.
As a guest conductor Paul Mägi has directed outstanding orchestras in Germany, Spain, Ukraine, Norway, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland Switzerland, Ecuador, Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Russia (the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Wexford Festival Opera, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Sweden, to name but a few).
From 1990 to 1994 Paul Mägi was the artistic director and chief conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in Riga. He toured with the Latvian orchestra in Europe, taking in some of the most famous concert-halls of Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria etc. The orchestra participated in international festivals like Festival Costa do Estoril in Portugal, Chichester Festivities in Great Britain, Wiltz Festival in Luxembourg, Festival de Wallonie in Belgium, Festival de Saint-Riquier, Festival Hardelot in France; they played at Amsterdam’s famous Concertgebow and at Fetes Musicales en Touraine they performed together with S Richter.
1995–2004 Paul Mägi was the artistic director and chief conductor of the Estonian National Opera. He was the music director and conductor of many productions, including J Strauss’ Wiener Blut and Die Fledermaus, Nicolai’s Die lustige Weiber von Windsor, Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Nabucco and La Traviata, Bizet’s Carmen, Dargomyzhsky’s Rusalka.

July 16th–23th, 2009 Tartu

Thu, Jul 16th at 8 pm St John church, Tartu
Peter Jablonski (piano, Sweden / UK)
Conductor – Kristjan Järvi
Program:  Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven-Senderovas (world première)
Live recording

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The orchestra consisting of the most talanted young musicians from the Baltic Sea countries and the once child-prodigy pianist Peter Jablonski perform quite unusual repertoire: Piano Concerto in D major, Op 61 (piano version of the Violin Concerto) by Beethoven, the 4th additional movement of which has been composed by Anatolius Senderovas.

ImagetextKristjan Järvi (b 1972, Tallinn) is chief conductor of the Vienna Tonkünstler Symphony Orchestra. As a child he moved with his family to New York, where he studied piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music. He attended master classes in piano taught by Tatiana Nikolayeva in Salzburg. In New York in 1993, Kristjan Järvi founded the Absolute Ensemble, which today is one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles. CD recordings with Järvi and Absolute Ensemble have been nominated for a Grammy Award and won the German Record Critics’ Prize. As musical director of Absolute Ensemble, Järvi plays repertoire ranging from the 17th to the 21st century, from Baroque to rock. He is an avid explorer and advocate of contemporary music and has conducted the premières of numerous works by such composers as Daniel Schnyder, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Charles Colemann, and Peeter Vähi. From 1998 to 2000 Kristjan Järvi was assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted a sensational debut with this orchestra in the Hollywood Bowl. Since the 2000–01 season, he has been Principal Conductor of the Norrlands Operan and Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. He appears world-wide as a guest conductor of such fine symphony orchestras as the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin and Frankfurt, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Italy, the Adelaide Symphony and the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Fri, Jul 17th at 8 pm St John church, Tartu
Program: Dvořák, Rossini, Tchaikovsky, J Strauss

ImagetextFounded in 2005, the Quinet of Berliner Philharmoniker is a high-level ensemble composed of musicians linked by friendship as well as by a long experience in chamber music and ennobled by the presence of internationally renowned musicians.
Born in one of the most important orchestras in the world, Berliner Philharmoniker, the ensemble has the intention to deepen the interpretation of the masterpieces for quintet of Mozart, Brahms, Dvořák, Bruckner, also playing very effective transcripts of compositions originally written for different organic.
Their repertoire goes from Baroque to Classical to Romantic and more often through the co-operation of some famous soloists of the Berliner winds as Wenzel Fuchs, Albrecht Mayer, Dominik Wollenweber and Daniele Damiano.
The Quinet of Berliner Philharmoniker has played in important festivals such as Salzburg Festival, Chopin Festival, Festival de Nancy, Festival de la Chaise – Dieu, Festival de la Vézère, Euro Festival in Rome, ValgardenaMusika, Emilia Romagna Festival gathering everywhere significant appreciations of public and critics. The next commitments will see them perform in a tour in France as well as some concerts in Switzerland, Italy and Germany where they already held a major concert in the festival of chamber music of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic Hall.

Sat, Jul 18th at 8 pm St John church, Tartu
Chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica
Program: Haydn

ImagetextFounded in 1997 by the renowned violinist Gidon Kremer, the Grammy-award winning chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica is already considered one of the most prominent international ensembles in Europe. Although it originally began as a “birthday present to myself” to celebrate his 50 years of life in 1997, Gidon Kremer immediately envisaged the potential behind the 27-member ensemble of young musicians drawn from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a medium to share his rich artistic experience with the new generation and, at the same time, to promote and inspire the musical and cultural life of the Baltics.
Having opted to make the world their permanent home, Kremerata Baltica annually performs about 60 concerts during six annual tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Regular performances in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, Moscow, and New York in the greatest halls are followed by appearances at renowned music festivals such as Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, the Prague Spring, the BBC Proms in London, etc.
While the majority of the concerts are led by and performed with Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica has appeared with celebrated conductors and soloists such as Jessye Norman, David Geringas, Boris Pergamenschikow, Tatiana Grindenko, Sir Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
With the Nonesuch Records label, Kremerata Baltica has made 7 recordings under the label, one of which After Mozart received the Grammy Award 2002 in the cathegory of classical music. Their last Nonesuch recording, Russian Seasons, was released last year. Their first recording with Deutsche Grammophon, Kremerland, including contemporary works dedicated to and premiered by the ensemble, was recently released.
player A Piazzolla. Kremerata Baltica, live rec, fragm, 92 sec, mp3

Joseph Haydn described his opus as a “totally new composition of purely instrumental music, subdivided into 7 sonatas” when he offered it for sale to his English publisher in 1787. He was convinced that it expressed the feelings of someone hanging on the cross “in such a way that even the most inexperienced could feel the suffering deep in themselves”.

Sat, Jul 18th at 10 pm Püssirohukelder (Tartu, Lossi Str 28)
Tiit Peterson (guitar), Allan Jakobi (accordion), Dmitri Harchenko (choreography, dance), Helen Org-Veidebaum (dance), Peeter Volkonski (narrator)
Program: Piazzolla, Pujol

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Sun, Jul 19th at 8 pm Tartu University aula
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Kristjan Randalu (piano, Germany)
Live DVD-recording

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1993. The conductor Tõnu Kaljuste has bounded the widely well-known Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir with TCO’s activities. The members of the orchestra are all outstanding musicians, who often perform as soloists and are invited to perform with various other orchestras and ensembles.
ImagetextTCO has performed in many prestigious music festivals: Bach Cantatas Festival in Milan, Bremen Music Festival, Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, etc. Concert tours have taken the orchestra and the choir to Canada, the USA, Japan and to many European countries.
The orchestra’s instrumental programs have been prepared mainly together with guest conductors including Richard Tognetti, Terje Tonnesen, Patrick Strub, Valentin Zhuk, Silvio Barbato, Samuel Wong, Olari Elts and Paul Mägi. In 1995–96 the artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra was Juha Kangas, from 1996–97 to 2000–01 it has been Tõnu Kaljuste, the present artistic director is Eri Klas.
In 1993, TCO and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir recorded the CD Te Deum. For a year, this record has been on the world’s Top Ten list and has gained exalting appraisals from the critics. Crystallisatio by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Litany by Arvo Pärt were released by ECM in 1996, and another record by ECM Neenia released in 2001 is music for strings by Heino Eller.
player Kristjan Randalu & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, fragm, live, 3 min 17 sec, mp3
player whole concert

Mon, Jul 20th at 8 pm St John church, Tartu
IRINA ZAHHARENKOVA (harpsichord, Hammerklavier, piano)

Live DVD-recording (a joint project of ERP and Soft Spark Investments)

Irina Zahharenkova was born in Kaliningrad, Russia. 1995–2000 studied at Estonian Academy of Music (piano: Prof Lilian Semper; harpsichord: Prof Maris Valk-Falk). In 2003 obtained master’s degree at the Estonian Academy of Music (piano: Prof L Semper) and is currently to continuing doctor-studies with the same professor. Since 2002 student at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland (Prof Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna).

ImagetextHas been prize-winner in several music competitions: 2003 – II prize and special prize for interpretation of M K Čiurlionis’ works in M K Čiurlionis International Piano Competition; 2004 – I prize, audience prize and special prize for interpretation of compulsory contemporary piece in “Premio Jaén” International Piano Competition, Spain; 2005 – II prize, special prize for interpretation of French music and special prize for interpretation of contemporary music in Epinal International Piano Competition, France; 2005 – I prize and special prize for interpretation of G Enescu’s Sonata in G Enescu International Piano Competition, Romania; 2006 – I prize, special prize for interpretation of Mozart’s sonata and special prize for interpretation of A Casagrande’s works in Alessandro Casagrande International Piano Competition, Italy; 2006 – I prize and audience prize in J S Bach International Piano Competition, Leipzig, Germany.
player W A Mozart. Variations Lison dormait, fortepiano, live, fragm, 3 min, mp3
player whole concert

Tue, Jul 21st at 8 pm St John church, Tartu
Ensemble Voces Musicales: Risto Joost (artistic director, counter tenor), Imbi Tarum (harpsichord), Tõnu Jõesaar (viola da gamba), Robert Staak (lute)
Program: Dowland, Purcell

ImagetextRisto Joost also pursues an active solo career as a counter-tenor. His solo repertoire includes music from the Renaissance and Baroque period as well as from the 20th century. He has performed at the Steve Reich Festival (UK), Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges (Belgium), Vantaa Early Music Festival (Finland), Stockholm Early Music Festival (Sweden), Riga Early Music Festival (Latvia), Haapsalu Early Music Festival (Estonia), and Nyyd Festival (Estonia). He has performed with orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Meder Consort (Estonia), Corelli Consort (Estonia), Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sansara (Latvia), Øresund Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Phantasm (UK). Since 2003 he has been involved with the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices (artistic director Paul Hillier).

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  • graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music, studied piano with Prof Bruno Lukk
  • postgraduate studies of harpsichord with Ton Koopman and Vaughan Schlepp
  • played the harpsichord in early music consort Hortus Musicus for 14 years
  • currently is playing in ensembles Tallinn Baroque and Corelli Consort, participates in the Baroque programs of Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
  •  has co-operated with soloists X Gao, E Hargis, E Parmentier, H van der Kamp, I Paul, L van Dael, H-R Hauck, J Cortadellas, K Urb, K Plaas
  • teaches harpsichord and basso continuo at the Estonian Academy of Music, holds summer courses in Estonia and Finland
  • chairman of the Estonian Guild of Harpsichord Friends and artistic director of Harpsichord Days
    player Imbi Tarum, harpsichord, fragm, mp3, 90 sec

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Meri Vardanyan (qanon, Armenia)
Ralf Taal (piano)
Program: Chopin, Sumera

player Meri Vardanyan, qanon, fragm, 110 sec, mp 3

Thu, Jul 23rd at 8 pm St John church, Tartu
Wed, Aug 19th, Riga, Latvia (in co-operation with International Sacred Music Festival)
Estonian National Male Choir RAM
Handbell Ensemble Arsis
Helen Lokuta (mezzo-soprano), Andrus Kirss (tenor), Mareks Lobe (basso)
Conductor: Risto Joost
Program: Vähi

On the NYYD New Music Festival in 1997 Supreme Silence and in the music program of EXPO 2000 Hannover, a new work by the composer Peeter Vähi was performed. The press reviews ranged from laudatory to downright denouncing. The work was hailed as the highest achievement or condemned as a total failure. Some reviewers fathomed its religious depth, others thought that the pseudo-religious story was there to compensate the lack of musical accomplishment. The composer was praised for his originality of ideas and the novelty of his musical language as much as critized for shameless imitation. It is very seldom that one meets such contradictory opinions from the critics.
What is Supreme Silence? This is an approximately 50-minute long composition for solo voice, male choir and handbell ensemble, in places supplemented by Buddhist musical instruments and discrete electronics. The subtitles give us an idea of the overall tonality: Mandala Offering, Vajrasattva Mantra, Supreme Silence and Aspiration For The Pure Land. The second movement is based on the traditional Sanskrit mantra, the last on Tibetan lyrics by Lord Jigten Sumgon (1143–1217). Both texts have been specially chosen by His Holiness XXXVII Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, Head of the Buddhist Drikung Kagyu school. This is almost all that we know for certain about Supreme Silence. Everything else might be subject to debate, proof and contradiction.


And yet, what is Supreme Silence? It is the Glasperlenspiel, so characteristic of the end of the Millennium, where the spiritual and the secular, the oriental and the occidental, the analogue and the digital systems, the past and the present seem to be interwoven. In a 1993 CD introduction to one of Vähi’s compositions it says: “… in my eyes the 2000 years after the birth of Christ is like a philosophical-musical summary of the history of Europe.” And now, five years after, it seems that the composer has moved even further on the path of abstraction. Every page of the score radiates with the composer’s conviction that he is viewing “the end of world’s cultural history”. What comes next? Or does anything come at all? (from the article by K W Damm, Vienna)

Handbell ensemble Arsis was grown up from Arsis chamber choir – when the conductor of chamber choir, Aivar Mäe heard handbell music in the USA for the first time, it became his fixed idea to bring this wonderful music also to Estonia, thus founding his own ensemble. It was the year 1991. It took two years explanatory work and preparations in both sides of the world and the idea became reality. In 1993 the representatives of the American Guild of Handbell Ringers visited Estonia, and brought the first 3 octaves of bells as a present to Aivar Mäe and his choir. By now Handbell Ensemble Arsis has one of the most perfect sets in the world that includes bells of 7 octaves. All the handbells in the set have been made in the USA, Malmark bell factory with whom Arsis has been co-operating already since 1993. The ensemble, having eight members, has toured in different places of the world. One of the most exotic places was the Republic of South Africa where Arsis participated in Eisteddfod festival and was awarded the Grand Prix. Already for 5 times Arsis has toured in the USA where the handbell music is most widely spread.
The ensemble is playing mostly arrangements of classical music but also a lot of original music. They have given out four CDs that include the original works by René Eespere (In dies) and Peeter Vähi (Handbell Symphony, Planet Cantata), the arrangements of folk songs by Tõnu Kõrvits (Awake, My Heart!), and also participated in the recording of The Flutish Kingdom. The recordings of Arsis are used in the soundtrack of the famous movie Alexander.

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player Supreme Silence, mov IV, Estonian National Male Choir RAM & Arsis, fragm, 3 min 11 sec, mp3

Conductor Risto Joost (b 1980) studied singing as well as choral and orchestral conducting at the Estonian Academy of Music, and received further training at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In spring 2008 Risto Joost graduated from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm majoring in orchestral conducting with Prof Jorma Panula. He has participated in the conducting masterclasses of Neeme Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Eri Klas, Paul Mägi and in early music masterclasses with Paul Hillier and Nigel North. In 1999 Risto Joost founded the chamber choir Voces Musicales. From 2001–02, Risto Joost was a singer in the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. In 2002, he founded his own orchestra, Ensemble Voces Musicales which is focused on performing Baroque and contemporary music. In March 2004, Risto Joost won the 1st prize in the 4th Competition for Young Estonian Choral Conductors in Tallinn. He has conducted the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Corelli Baroque Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra as well as the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Male Choir RAM, Swedish Radio Choir, State Choir Latvija, Danish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen. Since year 2000 Risto Joost has regularly participated in the Estonian Music Days and Nyyd Festival, conducting approximately 50 première performances commissioned from various composers. Since Sep 2006 Risto Joost is the principal conductor of the Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra. In June 2007 he made his debut in the Estonian National Opera conducting Erkki-Sven Tüür’s opera Wallenberg.

Mon, Nov 30th at 7 pm House of the Brotherhood of  Black Heads, Tallinn
AHMET KANNECİ – guitar & EKREM ÖZTAN – clarinet (Turkey)
Program: de Visee, Cosma, Shostakowich, Ramirez, Anonymous
In co-operation with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Tallinn

Imagetext Ahmet Kannecı (1957) was born in Turkey and began his studies in musicology with one of Turkey’s leading composers, Turgay Erdener, and continued later with İstemihan Tavıloğlu and Alı Sevgı. He concentrated on classical guitar in 1977 under the supervision by Julian Byzantine at Metu Department of Architecture. After graduating in 1981, he was awarded a scholarship by the Spanish Goverment for studies with José Tomas at Conservatorio Superior de Música Óscar Esplá de Alicante.
When Kanneci returned to his native country, he was the first to found the classical guitar departments at four different conservatoires in Turkey. In 1993 he was awarded the scholarship of Fulbight for research in the USA.
Ahmet Kannecı is the Honorary Doctor and award winner of several universities of Turkey. In addition to his musical activities in his native land, he appears in various European, Asian and American concert halls such as Museo Andrés Segovia (Spain), Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall (USA), Royal Festival Hall (UK), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).
Several modern composers such as Say, Cardoso, Ortiz, Bayraktar, Korkmaz, Tavıloğlu, Bosna,  Erdener, Cherubito, Padro, Walker, Toros, Shahidi, Hoshino, Terashima and Cuenca have dedicated their works to him.

ImagetextEkrem Öztan (1963) was born in Turkey, Ankara and started his music career in primary school. He continued his studies in Ankara State Conservatoire in 1973 majoring in clarinet and chamber music under Aykut Doğansoy. He has studied chamber music aslo with Prof Antonio Janigro at Salzburg’s Mozarteum in 1982 and graduated from Hacettepe University State Conservatoire with the highest degree. In 1983 he was awarded İhsan Doğramaci Excellent Performance Award, which gave him an opportunity to participate in the International Youth Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland on summer the same year. He was supported by British Council and Hacettepe University for this festival and has been chosen as a first clarinet in Festival Orchestras and has attended Professor Lewis Morrison clarinet and chamber music class at Festival Music School.
Since the graduation from conservatoire Ekrem Öztan has been teaching clarinet. He is the Chairman of Section of Clarinet and the Dean of Woodwind and Percussion Department in Hacettepe University and Ankara State Conservatoire.
Beside his activities as a teacher he gives recitals and performs as chamber musician in many cultural centres all over Turkey. He performs also as a soloist with several Turkish orchestras and played C. M. von Weber`s Clarinet Concerto No 2 with Turkish Air Force Band. In November 1995 he premiered Clarinet Concerto by Turkish new generation composer Turgay Erdener with Presidental Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pirolli. Ekrem Öztan has guest-performed also in England, Scotland, Austria, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Syria.


Glasperlenpiel Club

Eduard Vilde Café

July 22nd at 10 pm: movie Lotman’s World (about the activity of Prof Yuri Lotman, meeting with film director Agne Nelk)
July 23rd at 6 pm: Nietzsche Evening with special guest Jaan Kaplinski and music composed by Friedrich Nietzsche
July 23rd, after the concert: Finale of Glasperlenspiel Festival

Virtual photo exhibition Glasperlenspiel in Retrospective

player video-clip “Glasperlenspiel 2009”
Photos: Ben Ealovega, archives of ERP, P Vähi
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Tiina Jokinen – management director
Kadri Kiis – assistant producer, accountant
Olavi Sööt – logistics
Piret Mikk – design
Tanel Klesment – sound engineer
Hedvig Lätt – PR
Priit Reiman – festival club

Special thanks: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Tartu City Government, Tallinn Philharmonic Society, Eesti Kontsert, Tartu University, St John’s church, Vanemuine Concert Hall, Urmas Kruuse, Jüri Sasi, Priit Reiman, Tiia Teder, Vormsi county, Kulvo Tamra, audience of Tartu, Kaupo Kiis

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