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.

The postponed conference is dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s 85th birthday and aims to reinvigorate research and analysis of the composer’s work. Scholars from Europe, Australia and the US will seek new perspectives on the textual analysis of Pärt’s compositions, examine its theological and cultural contexts and explore aspects of his creative process.

The presenters include renowned researchers of Pärt’s work, and authors of monographs or publications: Peter J. Schmelz (Arizona State University, US), Leopold Brauneiss (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria), Peter C. Bouteneff (St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, US), Jeffers Engelhardt (Amherst College, US), Kevin C. Karnes (Emory University, US),  Andreas Waczkat (Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany), Chris May (independent researcher, Sydney, Australia) and, from Estonia, Toomas Siitan and Mart Humal (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), Tauri Tölpt (University of Tartu, the Institute of Theology of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church) and the icon painter Deacon Nikita Andrejev (Nõmme Orthodox Church of St. John the Baptist in Tallinn).

The programme is curated by Toomas Siitan, a professor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

The conference is free and open to the public. The public is welcome to participate on site or follow the live stream at stream.arvopart.ee. Presentations will be in English; simultaneous interpretation into Estonian is provided on site.

The programme includes the concert “Missa syllabica”, performed by the ensemble Vox Clamantis and the conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve. The concert takes place on 15 October at 5.30 pm at the Arvo Pärt Centre and on web channel stream.arvopart.ee.

Tickets at 15/25 EUR are available at Fienta; the reduced price of 10 EUR applies for registered participants. Tickets for the live stream concert are 10 EUR.

The event is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies). The live stream is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Additional information:

Kristina Kõrver

Toomas Siitan


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