Kristina Kõrver

Researcher, Archive specialist

Kristina joined the Arvo Pärt Centre in 2012. She was attracted by an opportunity to study Arvo Pärt’s work, combining contemporary music and music history, creation, reception, theology, and other topics of interest.

One of Kristina’s most important tasks is to study archival materials related to Arvo Pärt’s works and to document the creative process based on these materials. This provides an opportunity to follow the composer’s work step by step and to discover, through accounts provided by the composer himself, the various layers and rich context of each work. Kristina is also conducting educational programmes and lectures to the students and grown ups alike, and consulting researchers of Arvo Pärt’s music during their visits to the centre.

She is one of the curators of the centre’s first permanent exhibition If you seek from almost nothing … (opened in 2020), and also curated the archival project Songs from Childhood (2015) for the recording and publishing of Arvo Pärt’s children’s songs, in cooperation with Estonian Public Broadcasting, the Music Studio of Estonian Radio and publishing house Universal Edition. She is the co-editor of In principio. The Word in Arvo Pärt’s Music (2014), and co-author of Arvo Pärt Centre & Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. A Common Denominator. Ühine nimetaja (2020), both published by the centre.

Kristina has taught music history at Tallinn Music High School, the Tallinn Old Town Educational College, Tallinn University, and Georg Ots Tallinn Music College. She has worked as an editor and contributor for Muusika magazine and has published reviews in Estonian cultural publications.

Kristina graduated from the Department of Musicology at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and holds a master’s degree in educational sciences from Tallinn University.