Estonian Music Days 2022 festival theme is “Upside Down”

Ensemble for New Music Tallinn. Photo: Rene Jakobson

The Estonian Music Days 2022 festival will take place from 16 to 24 April 2022 in Tallinn, Tartu, and Laulasmaa. It will bring more than 20 world premieres to the audience.

The 2022 “Upside Down” festival raises questions: Why do we do what we do? How do we decide how we do it? Can we do turn things completely on their heads? How? And do we even need to take a different approach? We ask these important “why” and “how” questions and give composers a chance to respond with very personal and radical self-expression.

This year, the festival will take place in a hybrid format, a selection of events will broadcast on the festival website Estonian Music Days 2022 festival passes are available at the Fienta ticket sales environment from January 18. The pre-sale pass guarantees admission to all concerts of the festival and access to the online environment. The festival passes will be available at a discounted price of EUR 50 until 13 February 2022.

The opening program will start on April 16 in Tartu. The artistic director of the Tartu program is Märt-Matis Lill.

The program will include world premieres by composers: Erkki-Sven Tüür, Jüri Reinvere, Tõnu Kõrvits, Kristjan Kõrver, Maria Kõrvits, Liisa Hõbepappel, Rein Rannap, Ülo Krigul, Toivo Tulev, Galina Grigorjeva, Andrus Kallastu, Märt-Matis Lill , Tõnis Kaumann, Alisson Kruusmaa, Elo Masing, Rasmus Puur, Marianna Liik, Madli-Marje Gildemann, Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes.

The new works will be performed by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Trio ’95, University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Irina Zahharenkova,  Ensemble of the Estonian Electronic Music Society, Ulla Krigul and Virgo Veldi, Mari Poll-Novakovic and Momir Novak.

Two awards will be granted, ”LHV Au-tasu” for new composition and the youth composition prize “Young Composer 2022”.

Estonian Music Days is a festival dedicated to Estonian contemporary music, which has been taking place since 1979. The festival is organized by the Estonian Composers’ Union.

The full program will be announced in February 2022, when tickets for separate concerts will also go on sale.

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