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Super Audio CD La donna è mobile. Verdi. Luc Robert

DVD In the Mystical Land of Kaydara. Peeter Vähi

CD Great Maestros V. Kalle Randalu, Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Double CD Great Maestros VI. Kalle Randalu, Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra 

Double CD Verdi Wagner 200. Estonian National Opera Chorus and Orchestra

DVD Coppélia. A ballet by Léo Delibes

CD Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1 Eduard Tubin

DVD Keyboard Juggleress. Irina Zahharenkova

CD Legend. Arsis

Magic of Sound (Ralf Taal)

Super Audio CD Maria Magdalena. Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

DVD Joy and Sorrow Unmasked. European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen

CD Locus amoenus. René Eespere

CD The Best of Arsis Bells. Arsis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Aivar Mäe

DVD Faust. Ain Anger, Estonian National Opera

DVD Modigliani − the Cursed Artist. Estonian National Ballet, Risto Joost

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 PEETER VÄHI

Composer

One of the most original contemporary composers in Estonia whose musical language comprises Oriental and Western, avant-garde and archaic, acoustic and electronic without falling into eclectic abracadabra.
Vähi’s music is always a subjective expression of his spirituality rooted in deep faith, which he contrasts with a hyper modern complex world and its actually intellectual and perfect, but often just as inexplicable and soulless contemporary music. ...his empathy converted into mystical connections between the cultures of different countries and epochs in exotic music. (DiscorD, UK)

 

 


News

April Night’s Dream for percussion, keyboards and phonogram, Nov 16th, Jõgeva Culture Centre, opening concert of the festiva Ühe pilli lugu, performers Vambola Krigul and Peeter Vähi

To the Mother for oboe and chamber orchestra, official première, Oct 1st, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Denis Golubev (oboe), Moscow State Symphony Orchestra for Children and Youth, conductor Andres Mustonen; Sep 27th, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, premiere recording, performers Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Neeme Järvi; Jan 29th, 2018 Osnabrück, Germany, performers Juliana Koch (oboe), conductor Andreas Hotz, broadcasting by Norddeutscher Rundfunk

International Music Day, Oct 1st, Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn; talk about new music, together with composers Elis Vesik and Ekke Västrik; webcasting and recording by Estonian Public Broadcasting.

Rainmaker for percussion, keyboards and phonogram, Nov 16th, Jõgeva Culture Centre, opening concert of the festival Ühe pilli lugu, performers Vambola Krigul and Peeter Vähi

Reminiscences of Youth, arrangement for violin, cello and chamber orchestra, Feb 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2018, Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany,  Mari & Håkon Samuelsen, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, conductor Kristjan Järvi

Biography

imagetextPeeter Vähi was born in Estonia, in 1955. In his youth he learned to play the accordion, the piano and the double bass. In 1974 he began composition studies in the Estonian Academy of Music under the supervision by Prof Eino Tamberg, graduating as composer in 1980. Peeter Vähi has worked as a free-lance composer and a record producer; also as a concert producer in the Estonian National Concert Institute (1990−2000). Currently he is the artistic director of ERP (Estonian Record Productions) and of international music festivals − Eastern Music Festival Orient (1992 − present day), Glasperlenspiel Festival (1995 − present day). He is / was a member of the Estonian Composers’ Union (since 1982, a member of the board since 1992), the vice-chairman of the council of the Estonian Institute of Buddhism (2002−2014), a full member of Estonian Academic Oriental Society (since 1982), a member of Culture Council of the Estonian President (2001−2008), and the president of Drikung Kagyu Ratna Shri Centre (1992−2005), and a member of Estonia-Japan Association (since 2010).

Peeter Vähi’s works are characterized by broad-minded stylistic versatility, listener-friendly sound, skilful application of exotic instruments and electronic facilities, a wide range of moods from philosophical and meditative right through to Baroque movements. Noteworthy are composer’s wide horizons, in his vocal compositions he has used the lyrics (in addition to his native Estonian language) in Sanskrit, Tibetan, German, English, Latvian, Russian, Latin, Japanese, Fulani and Coptic languages. His most important works are oratorio Mary Magdalene Gospel, Mystical Uniting for chamber ensemble, Call of Sacred Drums for percussion ensemble and symphony orchestra, cantata Supreme Silence for mezzo-soprano, male choir and handbells, African initiation rite In the Mystical Land of Kaydara for narrator, vocal soloists, two choirs and symphony orchestra, Forty-two (different arrangements), flute concerto Chant of the Celestial Lake.

Vähi’s music has been performed by European, Asian and American orchestras (among them the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra / Cologne, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra / Leipzig, Vienna Tonkünstler Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia / Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony Orchestra / Hamburg, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), choirs (Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, State Choir Latvija, Shanghai Opera House Chorus, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir), chamber (Slava Grigoryan, Rémi Boucher, Gidon Kremer, Duo Mari & Håkon Samuelsen, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet) and ethno musicians (Sevara Nazarkhan, Hiroyuki Koinuma, Hayashi Eitetsu taiko-ensemble) and naturally, by most of the Estonian top musicians such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, girl’s choir Ellerhein, ensemble Hortus Musicus, the Järvi “dynasty”, conductors Andres Mustonen, Risto Joost and Eri Klas, handbell ensemble Arsis, bassoon-player Martin Kuuskmann, pianist-harpsichordist Irina Zahharenkova, pianist Kalle Randalu, rock musician Tanel Padar, etc. In addition to the conventional venues, concerts of Vähi’s music have taken place on the open-air stage of World Exhibition EXPO 2000, in Roerich Museum, in the Royal Palace of Sweden. His music has been performed at the Estonian National Song Festivals, in the White House in Washington DC, in a Japanese Buddhist Temple, at the 50th anniversary celebrations of UNESCO in Strasbourg and at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow.

Vähi’s works have been published by ERP, Erdenklang Musikverlag, Eres Edition, Edition 49, CultureWare Music Publ, and Maren Musikverlag. His music has been released on about 70 records, including 12 solo-albums.

As a keyboarder Peeter Vähi has performed with different ensembles (pop-rock group Vitamiin, jazz-rock group Uus Generatsioon, experimental projects), orchestras and choirs (including the 30,000-members choir at the Estonian National Song Festivals). In recent decades Peeter Vähi has been in close co-operation with musicians from Tibet, India, Japan, Uzbekistan, China / Taiwan, Siberia and other parts of Asia.


Works in process

Double Concerto for violin, cello and symphony orchestra, commissioned by Keynote Artist Management (UK), planned première 2018, first performers Duo Mari and Håkon Samuelsen (Norway)

Work for violin solo, commissioned by Heino Eller Tartu Music College, planned première 2018

Work for cello solo, commissioned by Heino Eller Tartu Music College, planned première 2018

List of main works
Discography
Press resonance
Articles, books
Photographs, exhibitions

PeeterVahi350Download photos: Peeter Vähi (Tallinn, 2012, photo by Kaupo Kikkas, jpg, RGB, 5.4 MB); Peeter Vähi (Tallinn, 2012, photo by Kaupo Kikkas, jpg, RGB, 4 MB); Peeter Vähi (Oman, 2003, photo by T. Jokinen, jpg, 300 dpi, 840 KB); Peeter Vähi (India, 2003, photo by T Pruuli, jpg, 300 dpi, 1.8 MB), drawing (by Andres Adamson, Pärnu Postimees, 2007, jpg, 1.8 MB), Peeter Vähi (Tallinn, 2010, photo by M Puškarev, jpg, RGB, 300 dpi, 3.3 MB); Peeter Vähi, piano (Tallinn, 2012, photo by Kaupo Kikkas, jpg, RGB, 5.75 MB); Peeter Vähi at his studio  (Tallinn, 2012, photo by Kaupo Kikkas, jpg, monochrome, 4.5 MB); Peeter Vähi (Tian-shan, 2017, photo by Tiina Jokinen, jpg, RGB, 300 dpi, 3 MB)

Additional info:
Wikipedia (in English, German, Farsi, Ukrainian, Estonian, Finnish, Azerbaijani)
Academic dictionaries and encyclopedias (in German)
List of works (in French)
Estonian Music Information Centre (in Estonian, English)
Estonian Composers’ Union (in Estonian)
Edition49 (in Estonian, English, German, French)
Connections and collaborations (richseam)
Tähelaev (Estonian TV, 2012, 73 min)
See also interview with Peeter Vähi (Lev Ryzhkov, Sputnik, 06.10-16, Moscow / Russia, in Russian language)

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