Grand old lady of Estonian music Ester Mägi dies


Today, at the age of 99, the brilliant and beloved Estonian composer Ester Mägi (10 Jan 1922 – 14 May 2021), whose quietly powerful music has touched many hearts, has left us. Clear, restrained, intimate, at the same time powerful and gentle – these words relate equally to her work and personality.

Thinking about his music theory teacher and long-cherished colleague, Arvo Pärt has expressed high regard for Mägi’s work: “I have great affinity with her musical sensibility.”

The Arvo Pärt Centre also remembers Ester Mägi as a legendary Laulasmaa native who, since the 1960s, spent many of her summers here composing new music. She always found inspiration from the shore and the natural surroundings at Laulasmaa, saying: “Look out of any window and it is like looking at a painting.”

Thank you, Ester Mägi, for the happy and cordial meetings and, of course, for all the music!

Arvo Pärt Centre and Arvo and Nora Pärt

The Centre will be closed for visitors on October 21 due to a private conference.