Age Veeroos

Photo: Tiina Villako

Composer, ECU member since 2003
Born on 11.05.1973

Age Veeroos studied composition with Helena Tulve and Eino Tamberg at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where she obtained a master’s degree cum laude in the year 2006. Another studying year followed at the Higher Music School in Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Rihm. Age participated in international courses for composers, like for example IRCAM summer course for composers in Paris (2004), Centre Acanthes with members of Arditti String Quartet in Metz (2005) and Young Composers’ Forum of the Ensemble Aleph in Dresden (2006), masterclasses with Salvatore Sciarrino, Veli-Matti Puumala, Michael Finnissy, Betsy Jolas, and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Veeroos’ works have been performed by Ensemble Musikfabrik (conductor Clement Power), Sinfonietta Rīga String Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (cond. Risto Joost), Hashtag Ensemble, Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble U:, Una Corda, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (cond. Risto Joost), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (cond. Paul Hillier), soloists from Estonia and abroad. Her music has been presented at the Baltic Music Days Festival, ISCM World Music Days, Estonian Music Days Festival, International Contemporary Music Festival Afekt etc.

Distinguished career achievements

“Psalmodia”, commissioned by the University of Tübingen for its 525th anniversary celebrated in 2002 had its premiere with Monika Mauch (soprano) and the Academic Choir & Orchestra of the University (conductor Tobias Hiller). In 2005, being one of ten young composers, Age was selected and commissioned for “Kulturjahr der Zehn”, a project that introduced new European Union countries. Interludes for Franz Schuberts “Winterreise”, among others Age’s Prelude to “Die Nebensonnen” were premiered by Roman Trekel (bariton), Burkhard Kehring (piano) and Leipziger Sinfonietta (cond. Johannes Harneit) in Berlin Philharmonic Hall (May 2005). In the same year, she participated in six composers’ operas “As time goes by” of Staatsoper Hannover. In 2008 and 2009 Veeroos’ short opera “Tuleloitsija” (“Fire Enchanter”) was staged in Tallinn as a project of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (libreto Age Veeroos, stage director Liis Kolle, conductor Risto Joost).

In 2010, Veeroos with 6-member team won the main prize (25000 euro) at the competition of music theatre project Operare 2010, organised by Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin. Multimedia opera “Grid” with Age’s music was staged in 2011 in Berlin, Kulturbrauerei (libreto & stage direction Korneel Hamers, video Julian Bergheim,  stage design Julia Rommel), performers Celine Hänni (soprano), Andres Köster (tenor), Roomet Jakapi (male voice), Richard Craig (flutes), Riivo Kallasmaa (oboe), Jandra Puusepp (saxphon), Lars Burger (double bass), Tammo Sumera (electronics), Taavi Kull (conductor).

In 2020 The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) nominated Age’s work “Ma olen suur kuu su silmapiiril” (“I am the big moon on your horizon”) (2020) for the European Orchestra of Contemporary Composers (ECCO) concert. As a part of the 60-minute program, drawn up on the basis of a referendum her piece was chosen for the 17th online edition, recorded and performed on Youtube February 2021 by Joey Marijs (Slagwerk Den Haag).

Additional information:

Estonian Music Information Centre