The Arvo Pärt Society (APS) was established in 2017 to offer guidance and provide financial support for the activities of the Arvo Pärt Centre. It aims to create an extended, exclusive network of supporters who wish to contribute to the safeguarding of Arvo Pärt’s heritage and the message of his music.
The society draws like-minded people to special events and concerts at the Arvo Pärt Centre and across the globe, offering them opportunities for a creative exchange of ideas.
“An ever-growing group of loyal supporters have been accompanying us already from the start of our family initiative back in 2007, well before the founding of the Arvo Pärt Centre foundation was founded three years later. Since then, the journey has had a number of milestones – the most significant of which being the inauguration of the new Arvo Pärt Centre building in 2018.
Today, I look at our group of friends, well-wishers and patrons, who are all part of the Arvo Pärt Society like an extended family of the Arvo Pärt Centre.
I am looking forward to our future meetings both at the Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia, as well as at selected concerts and festivals around the globe – when social distancing and global travel will find a new normality.”
– Michael Pärt, Chairman of the Council
International APS concert and meet-up highlights:
- Inauguration of The Shed in New York (2019)
- Adam’s Passion (directed by Robert Wilson) at the Konzerthaus Berlin (2018)
- and following the award ceremony at the Vatican where Arvo Pärt was presented with the Ratzinger Prize (2018)
- Foundation Louis Vuitton Paris (2017)
- Inauguration seasong Elbphilharmonie Hamburg: (2017)
- Walt Disney Hall: Pärt & Mozart festival (2015)
Multilingual visitor experience
The Arvo Pärt Centre combines the personal archive of composer Arvo Pärt with an information and music centre. It is an open meeting place for musicians, researchers and music lovers – for anyone interested in Arvo Pärt’s music and world of ideas. To make the experience even more interesting for our visitors we have produced a short film, audio guide and other information about the centre and composer that we would like to translate into various languages. Currently, we are in the process of translating our audio guide into Russian and Finnish.
One of the aims of the Arvo Pärt Centre is to become a meeting place and authority on diverse cultural and academic topics and themes, closely – but also more indirectly – related to Arvo Pärt, his creative legacy, Eastern Orthodoxy and a wider musical world. The Arvo Pärt Centre conferences will be held bi-annually and characterised by a cross-disciplinary approach. The calls for papers will target the international community of academics as well as the centre’s collaborators.
Instruments for creative teaching
The educational programmes at the Arvo Pärt Centre differ from traditional school lessons. Through a creative approach, we aim to discover a deeper layer of musical, environmental and social perception. We play, search and find musical thoughts in ourselves from which we create stories in small groups. We have time to listen to each other’s tones. Sometimes we draw music, and at other times we make films out of sounds or invent an impromptu musical theatre piece. Every experience is a little different.
You can join the Arvo Pärt Society starting from a donation of 150€ by filling in the form:
I had never thought about the deeper reasons for my support because initially I just wanted to carry on what my life partner Andres had started. Now, however, I take great joy in seeing how my small monthly contribution generates positivity on a much larger scale to so many people, and for this I am also grateful to you.
– Kadi Randvere, AFS member since 2020
Arvo Pärt’s music touches me deeply – its simplicity, purity, and clarity. Arvo Pärt reduces everything to what really matters – it sharpens your gaze and allows you to see perfect beauty even in little things. In his music I experience tranquility that is rare in our anxious world. I can get a glimpse of peace that is hard to imagine in our belligerent world. The Bible uses the word ‘shalom’ for inner and outer peace. Arvo Pärt’s music brings me closer to this ‘shalom’. My support to the Arvo Pärt Centre allows me to contribute towards making this valuable and enriching experience available to more people.
– Cornelius Berger, regular donor since 2019
The society has three membership levels:
Friend – supports the Arvo Pärt Centre with a yearly donation starting from 150€
As a friend, you will receive two tickets for a freely chosen concert at the Arvo Pärt Centre during the year, for other concerts you will be able to buy priority tickets. You will also receive information about Arvo Pärt-related concerts and events in the world and, if you wish, a personal acknowledgement on our website.
Well-wisher – supports the Arvo Pärt Centre’s educational programmes, genesis-of-the-work sessions, lectures and concerts with a yearly donation starting from 5,000€
As a well-wisher, you get all the benefits of a friend, but also a free guided tour of the centre for you and your friends and an opportunity to visit a concert rehearsal of Arvo Pärt’s music at the centre or elsewhere. After supporting us in two consecutive years, you will become a patron.
Patron – supports a specific project starting from 10,000€
As a patron, you get all the benefits of a friend and well-wisher, but also an exclusive tour in the centre (incl. areas that are closed to regular visitors) and a manuscript signed by Arvo Pärt. All patrons will be automatically granted a five-year membership.
Once a year all members of the Arvo Pärt Society can come together for a special musical event. This meeting will take place every year in different locations around the world, allowing members from different countries to participate.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us:
Tel: +372 604 0470