We are open to anyone interested in Arvo Pärt’s music and world of ideas. The Centre offers a variety of opportunities to listen to the composer’s music and gain a deeper understanding and interpretation of his work. We kindly ask that groups (from 10 people) interested in visiting the Centre would inform the Centre in advance about their planned visit on the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information desk: +372 335 3000.
You can borrow an audio guide from the Centre’s information desk, which will enable you to listen to much of Arvo Pärt’s music on your own, and tour the Centre with a virtual guide. “The Guide to Arvo Pärt’s Music” includes a representative selection of recordings of Arvo Pärt’s music complemented with background information and the composer’s biographical data.
Short documentary „Every Sound a Jewel“
Visitors can watch a short documentary by Jaan Tootsen and Jaak Kilmi, Every Sound a Jewel (2018, 20 min), commissioned by the Centre. It provides an insight into Arvo Pärt’s life and creative development.
The library offers an opportunity to explore literature on theology, music and art. You will find here the printed scores of all Arvo Pärt’s compositions, as well as writings on his work. Also available for use are electronic lexicons of music. Researchers may access Arvo Pärt’s personal archives, which store and interpret the composer’s creative heritage.
Concerts, lectures, conferences
In terms of acoustics, the Chamber Hall at the Arvo Pärt Centre is particularly suitable for chamber music concerts. The hall with its stunning forest view and 150 seats is available for conferences and film screenings. It is also a place for lectures and talks that help unpack the context of the composer’s works.
The Greek-style chapel in the Centre’s most spacious courtyard can be accessed through the library. The chapel is dedicated to St. Sophrony the Athonite. The murals are made by the icon painter, Deacon Nikita Andrejev.
Our educational and playful children’s area welcomes visitors small and large beside the café, where they can test their knowledge in a quiz about Arvo Pärt and watch cartoons featuring music written by Arvo Pärt when he was a young composer.
Shop and café
The shop at the Arvo Pärt Centre offers a selection of scores and CDs of Arvo Pärt’s music, related literature as well as postcards and souvenirs introducing the Centre. The café is open to visitors during the opening hours of the Centre.
The viewing tower can be visited from spring (May 5) to autumn (October 2). It will be available during the opening hours of the Centre. Up to 8 people can go to the tower at the same time.
We invite visitors to explore the Arvo Pärt Centre building and learn more about our daily activities and our broader goals. By walking together through the Centre’s unique building, we will see what kinds of documents the Arvo Pärt archives hold and what they can tell us about the composer’s work. Tours are available in Estonian, English, Finnish and Russian. We request that groups register in advance via e-mail at email@example.com