The Arvo Pärt Centre signes an agreement with Ehitustrust AS, a company that submitted the most reasonable tender to the public procurement for the construction of the new building. The construction of the building designed by the renowned Spanish architects will cost 6.69 million EUR, and will take an estimated 14 months. The completion of the new building will make it possible to open the Centre to anyone interested, and to introduce Arvo Pärt’s creative heritage through a comprehensive programme to Estonian audiences as well as foreign visitors. The Arvo Pärt Centre will open its doors in autumn 2018.
The 7 March will be the 130th birthday of the grand old man of Estonian music, composer and composition teacher, Heino Eller. Arvo Pärt studied at the Tallinn State Conservatory in Heino Eller’s composition class from 1957 to 1963. Arvo Pärt recalls his teacher: „I remember my composition teacher Heino Eller, and the years I spent studying with him, with much gratitude.”
On 27 February, one of the most remarkable and unique musicians of our time, Gidon Kremer, will be celebrating his 70th birthday. Gidon Kremer’s collaboration with Arvo Pärt began many decades ago. The historic première of Tabula rasa took place in 1977, and the ECM recording of this performance by Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Alfred Schnittke and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra has touched and influenced many listeners, while also being a leading example of how Pärt’s music can be interpreted.
The Cultural Merit Order (Meritul Cultural) of Romania was given to Arvo Pärt yesterday. The order was awarded by President of Romania Klaus Iohannis in recognition of the dedication, talent and innovativeness of the composer throughout his creative journey, as well as his open and receptive attitude to the cultural merits of Romania. The award ceremony was held at the Romanian Embassy in Tallinn.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
The largest classical event database Bachtrack released the charts about 2016 performance statistics and confirmed Arvo Pärt as the most performed living composer in the world for the 6th consecutive year.
10 January marks the 95th birthday of the beloved Estonian composer Ester Mägi, whose unique music has touched and inspired many listeners. On this special day, the Arvo Pärt Centre and the composer Arvo Pärt send Ester Mägi their heartfelt wishes.