Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Kaspar Mänd
Lepo Sumera (1950–2000, Estonia)
“Concerto per voci e strumenti” for mixed choir and string orchestra (1997)
Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962, Estonia)
“Tsaarinna Jevdokia nunnaks pühitsemise laul” / “Song on the Occasion of Czarina Yevdokia Taking the Veil” for string orchestra (2002)
David Fennessy (b. 1976, Ireland)
“Hirta Rounds” for 16 strings (2015/2016)
Tímea Maščáková (b. 1998, Slovakia)
“Nezábudka” / “Forget-me-not” for choir and string orchestra (2018)
Ruta Paidere (b. 1977, Latvia)
“Tempera” for string orchestra (2012)
Tarmo Lepik (1946–2001, Estonia)
“Hälli maailm” / “Cradle’s World” for soprano, alto and mixed choir (1980)
Ester Mägi (b. 1922, Estonia)
“Mõtisklused” / “Meditations” for mixed choir (1978)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known Estonian music groups in the world. The repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21th century, ever special focus on the work of Estonian composers (Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigoryeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve) and introducing it to the world. Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts in Estonia and abroad.
EPCC recordings have won twice Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance: in 2007 for the album “Arvo Pärt. Da Pacem” with the conductor Paul Hillier (Harmonia Mundi) and “Arvo Pärt. Adam’s Lament” with the conductor Tõnu Kaljuste (ECM). www.epcc.ee
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1993 by conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. In two decades it has become one of Estonia’s signature orchestras and a welcome guest performer on numerous stages in Europe and all over the world. Since autumn 2013 the chief conductor of TCO is Risto Joost. TCO has gained regard for its artistically integral programmes, style-sensitive play and mastery of interpretation, TCO’s musicians are highly rated string players, who also regularly perform as soloists and chamber musicians.
TCO is one of performers on Arvo Pärt’s record “Adam’s Lament”, which won a Grammy in 2014.
Kaspar Mänd has graduated from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in choir conducting with docent Hirvo Surva and in orchestral conducting with professor Paul Mägi. He continued his studies with professor Zsolt Nagy at the Paris Conservatoire and has received masterclasses from Eri Klas and Risto Joost. In 2009 Mänd established Mixed Choir HUIK! and Uue Tänava Orkester (New Street Orchestra), from 2011 until 2014 he was the chief conductor of chamber choir Voces Musicales and has also conducted mixed choirs at Laulupidu, the Song Festival. Mänd is the conductor of the symphony orchestra of Georg Ots Music School and works at Estonian National Opera. Since the beginning of 2019, Mänd is the chief conductor of Pärnu City Orchestra.
In collaboration with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Philharmonic Society