Erkki-Sven Tüür in Cincinnati on May 13 and May 14, 2011
North America Premiere of Piano Concerto with Awadagin Pratt, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Conducted by Paavo Järvi
Music Hall, Cincinnati. USA
Erkki-Sven Tüür was born in 1959 in Kärdla, on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. Largely self-taught, he studied percussion and flute at the Tallinn Music School from 1976 to 1980; later, from 1980 to 1984 he studied composition with Jaan Rääts at the Estonian Academy of Music and took private lessons from Lepo Sumera. In 1979 he founded the chamber rock group "In spe", soon one of the most popular bands in Estonia. Tüür worked as composer, flutist, keyboard player and singer in this ensemble (whose original line-up was reconvened for a final concert in December 2009).
With the advent of "perestroika" Tüür's music was heard outside Estonia. Success in Finland, initially, in the late 1980s, led to a number of commissioned works, including "Searching for Roots. Hommage a Sibelius" (1990) for the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Architectonics VI (1991) commissioned by the Helsinki Festival. "Architectonics VI" also appeared on his ECM New Series debut Crystallisatio, issued in 1996. His other ECM albums are Flux (recorded 1998), Exodus (recorded 2002), and Oxymoron (recorded 2003 and 2006).
Tüür's works have meanwhile been heard around the world and played by many international orchestras and ensembles including the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Dortmund Opera, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, American Waterways Wind Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, The Hilliard Ensemble, Piano Circus, The Grieg Trio, Cologne Radio Choir, Rascher Saxophone Quartet, and many others.
Among Tüür's numerous awards are the Cultural Prize of the Republic of Estonia (1991 and 1996) and the Art Prize of Baltic Assemble 1998. Today he is a freelance composer based alternately in Tallinn and on the island of Hiiumaa.
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