About the Centre

The Arvo Pärt Centre was founded in 2010 by Arvo Pärt and his family with the aim of creating opportunities for preserving and researching the creative heritage of the composer in his native land, Estonia, and in the context of the Estonian language.

The centre is situated in Laulasmaa, 35 km from Tallinn, on a peninsula with magnificent natural surroundings – within a pine forest near the sea.

The building for the centre has been named Aliina – a name that symbolises new beginnings in Pärt’s music. It was with the piano piece “Für Alina” that the tintinnabuli style was introduced in 1976.

The core of the Arvo Pärt centre is the archive, which brings together the entire creative heritage of the composer and related information and documents, both in physical and digital form.

Latest News

First comprehensive analysis of Pärt’s tintinnabuli style in Estonian

The Arvo Pärt Centre published a collection of articles by the renowned Austrian musicologist Leopold Brauneiss – Arvo Pärdi tintinnabuli-stiil: arhetüübid ja geomeetria (Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabuli style: archetypes and geometry), which is so far the most thorough and in-depth analysis of Arvo Pärt’s unique composition technique in the world.

Philip Glass 80

Today, 31 January, Philip Glass is celebrating his 80th birthday. As a composer Glass has significantly contributed to and enriched 20th century music. Arvo Pärt: “Congratulations, my good friend and colleague! Your music has always been in my heart!”

The Deer’s Cry – classical album of the year

Arvo Pärt. The Deer’s Cry by ensemble Vox Clamantis won best classical album at this year’s Estonian Music Awards. The CD was produced by the well-known record label ECM. “This CD is one milestone in a long journey. To walk and work with Arvo and listen and follow his observations – it is a very satisfying and enriching process and a great privilege,” said Jan-Eik Tulve, the artistic director and conductor of Vox Clamantis.

Farewell, Veljo Tormis!

The much loved composer, Veljo Tormis died on 21 January 2017. Arvo Pärt and the Arvo Pärt Centre expresses their condolences to those close to Veljo Tormis.

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