• The Arvo Pärt Centre will issue two residency scholarships this year

    For the second year, the Arvo Pärt Centre will award residency scholarships to offer artists the opportunity to dedicate themselves to their work at the Arvo Pärt Centre. This year, one scholarship is intended for a representative of the world of music and the other for a creative person working in another art form. The only application round this year will open on 17 January and the deadline for applications is 31 March.
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  • Arvo Pärt’s “Swansong. Hamburger Fassung” to be premiered at the Elbphilharmonie

    The Hamburg edition of Arvo Pärt’s orchestral piece "Swansong" will be premiered on 5 and 6 December at the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg. It will be performed by the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra and Chief Conductor Kent Nagano, who commissioned this edition of the piece.
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  • Tragic and existential Symphony No. 2

    Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 2 was completed in 1966, and although the exact date of completion cannot be ascertained from the archival documents, it was most likely written between March and September.
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  • Arvo Pärt receives the Grand Cross of Merit from the German State

    The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has issued composer Arvo Pärt with the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The award is in recognition of and gratitude to Arvo Pärt for his contribution to classical music and the use of German texts in many of his works. The order was presented by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christiane Hohmann, at a gathering at the Arvo Pärt Centre today.
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  • Second Arvo Pärt Centre residency scholarship awarded to Belarusian composer Volha Padhajskaya

    The Arvo Pärt Centre has awarded its second residency scholarship this year, which went to the Belarusian composer Volha Padhajskaya. The scholarship allows one artist to focus on their work at the centre for up to a month. Composer and organist Volha Padhajskaya studied musicology and has a master’s degree in organ and composition from
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  • Arvo Pärt’s choral piece O Holy Father Nicholas will premiere at the Metropolitan Museum

    On 31 October and 1 November, Arvo Pärt’s a cappella choral piece "O Holy Father Nicholas" will premiere at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The work will be performed by the Artefact Ensemble, conducted by Grammy Award-nominated conductor Benedict Sheehan.
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  • A book detailing the connections between Arvo Pärt’s music and Eastern Christian theology will be published in Estonian

    "Arvo Pärt. Out of Silence" by American theologist and musician Peter C. Bouteneff will be published in Estonian. The book presentation will take place on 23 October at 15 at the Arvo Pärt Centre accompanied by a lecture by the author on the theme of “Plurality in Unity: Trinity, Humanity, and Tintinnabuli”.
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  • Research conference “Arvo Pärt – Texts and Contexts” to be held on 15–16 October

    The Arvo Pärt Centre and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are holding an international research conference on 15–16 October 2021 at the Arvo Pärt Centre and on the web channel stream.arvopart.ee.
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  • A documentary about Valentin Silvestrov will premiere at the Arvo Pärt Centre

    On 9 October at 15, the new documentary about Ukraine’s most famous composer Valentin Silvestrov will be screened at the Arvo Pärt Centre. Silvestrov has shared a lifelong common understanding as well as a friendship with Arvo Pärt; their creative journeys have also had several common threads. The Estonian premiere will feature the director of the film Sergi Bukovski and sound director Igor Barba.
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  • Listening in: Jaan-Eik Tulve and Vox Clamantis

    On International Music Day, 1 October, a new event series, “Listening in”, will start at the Arvo Pärt Centre, focusing on consciously listening to a musical composition. We invite you to listen and hear the sounds that are born and fade in the music, the density and the sparseness, the horizontal and the vertical, the speed and the slowness, the richness and the quietness.
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  • Research conference to be held in October dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s work

    To celebrate the composer’s 85th birthday, the Arvo Pärt Centre – the composer’s personal archive and information and music centre in Laulasmaa – and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are holding an international research conference dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s work and the cultural context surrounding it. Registration is required and will begin on 30 August on the centre’s website.
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  • Remembering the great Estonian poet Jaan Kaplinski

    We mourn the passing of a great Estonian poet and philosopher Jaan Kaplinski (22 January 1941 – 8 August 2021). Jaan Kaplinski and Arvo Pärt were friends of many years, their friendship dating back to the 1970s. Although as artists they took different paths, there were invisible threads and a shared sense of culture that continued to unite them – “the same sea in all of us”.
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