Signe Sõmer (b. 1991) is a principal clarinet at the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra since 2017. In addition to ENSO, she has performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Finnish National Opera, the Norwegian National Opera, the Estonian Festival Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Part of the 2016 season, she was an acting principal clarinet of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. She has performed under the baton of many renowned conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Stéphane Denève.
As an avid chamber musician, she is a member of Reval Wind Quintet and has collaborated with artists such as Fabio Bidini, Ariana Ghez, Robert deMaine, Roberto Díaz, and Andrew Bain.
Signe Sõmer started her clarinet studies as a student of Vahur Vurm at the Tallinn Music High School. She has studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Toomas Vavilov and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the Sibelius Academy (2013), where she studied with Harri Mäki. Most recently, she graduated with a Master of Music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she studied with Yehuda Gilad (2016).
A prize winner at the Estonian National Competition for Wind Instruments (2012), she has also given a live performance through the European Broadcasting Union as a semifinalist for the “New Talent” competition in Bratislava, Slovakia.