I recently turned 86. This is an appropriate moment to share with you an important decision: as of today, my wife Nora and I wish to retire from the responsibilities and tasks of active public life.
My long-standing collaboration with the team of the Arvo Pärt Centre has given me confidence that my creative heritage is in good hands. I will leave all matters concerning my music and my ideas with a peaceful heart to the staff at the Centre, who have devoted themselves to my work and have stood by me for years.
I look back with gratitude on my life’s journey, during which I have been fortunate to meet so many extraordinary people whom I want to thank and embrace: all of the musicians who have breathed life into my music, and the artists who have inspired me. But above all I thank those for whom my music has meant something special. Your love and dedication have made my life a lot richer.
Laulasmaa, 18 October 2021
The Arvo Pärt Centre is very willing to help you with any questions you may have about Arvo Pärt and his works. You will find extended support on the Centre’s website, where, in addition to general information about the composer, you will find a complete list of Arvo Pärt’s works, with annotations.
At the age of 86, Arvo Pärt has decided to retire as much as possible from public life and the responsibilities and duties that go with it. Above all, the composer wishes to focus on his private life and creativity.
Please note that, henceforth, Arvo Pärt will not be able to help you with the following requests. He hopes for your understanding.
- Commissioning new works
- Commissioning original film music
- Personal contacts and meetings with the composer
- Personal participation in various events
- Cooperation with other artists to create new works of art
- Evaluations of other artists’ works
- Interviews, public speaking and photo sessions