Estonian Music Days 2022 festival theme is “Upside Down”

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.

This year, the festival will take place in a hybrid format, a selection of events will broadcast on the festival website. The concert tickets are available on the Fienta ticket sales environment from January 18.

The 2022 festival theme “Upside Down” 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.

The program will include new pieces 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”.

The 2022 festival will begin in Tartu on April 16 and continue in Tallinn and Laulasmaa. Festival artistic directors are Helena Tulve and Timo Steiner, Märt-Matis Lill in Tartu.

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.

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Illustration: Kadri Toom