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July 11th - 16th, Tartu

A joint project of ERP and the city of Tartu. The festival Glasperlenspiel (‘The Glass Bead Game’) directed by Peeter Vähi has got its inspiration from the novel by Hermann Hesse. It is certainly a very special musical event in Estonian summer where music lovers can enjoy performers like Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Süd-West Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra, Tōkyō Philharmonic Chorus, Quintet of Berliner Philharmoniker, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Piotr Anderszewski, Olli Mustonen, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, etc, as well as the leading musicians of Estonia.


Programme in St John’s church, Tartu

ElinaNechayevaThu, July 11th at 7 pm, St John’s church (address Jaani Str 5, Tartu)
Selvadore Rähni (clarinet, Iceand), Elina Nechayeva (coloratura soprano), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen
Mozart, Mozart-Adam, Vähi

Selvadore Rähni is one of the most famous Estonian clarinetists in the world. Active as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, he is well-known in Japan, where he served as the principal clarinetist of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra from 1997. He hold that position until 2005 and recorded as principal clarinet with KSO for the National TV and Radio of Japan as well as record company Arte Nova. As guest principal clarinet Selvadore has played with Württemberg, Pforzheim, Polish and Czech chamber orchestras as well as with Osaka and Yamanamy festival orchestras and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, Selvadore at the age of 16 had a debut with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in Tallinn and Moscow.
Selvadore has also a brilliant educational backround. From 1986 to 1991 Rähni studied clarinet with Rein Karin and Vahur Vurm in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, having meanwhile studies at the Estonian Humanitarian Institute. From 1991 to 1997, he studied at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Prof Wolfgang Meyer, where he completed his postgraduate and doctoral studies, graduating with honors in 2001. He also improved his skills further through additional studies under the guidance of Prof Alain Damiens in Paris from 1993 to 1997. Selvadore Rähni has given clarinet master courses in Japan, Spain, Estonia, and Germany. 


HaftCraft● Fri, July 12th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Ensemble HaftCraft (Belgium)
Radman, Kashani, Taremi, Westerlinck, Vähi (première), Mofakham, Osqueezadeh

The bassoon is still not as well known as other classical instruments, even in the 21st century. Bert Helsen and Filip Neyens, both of whom are soloists with the Belgian National Orchestra, decided to set up an ensemble that puts a greater emphasis on the versatility of the instrument. This concept highlights the varied tone colour of both the bassoon and contrabassoon, in a powerful, accessible musical context.
The HaftCraft ensemble has been giving concerts since 2014 in various formations. It started out as a septet with a bassoon, contrabassoon and string quintet (whose members were also members of the Belgian National Orchestra). They played in the concert halls of Belgium, the Netherlands, China, Iran... In the programme Variations on a Persian Theme, the ensemble goes in search of a symbiosis between Iranian traditional and Western classical music. The formation here is a string quartet, bassoon and soprano.


JochenFassbender● Fri, July 12th at 10 pm, St John’s church
Jochen Fassbender (multi-instrumentalist, Germany)
player Klangkunst. Jochen Fassbender, fragm, 3 min 22 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps

Der Klang hat heute eine zentrale Wichtigkeit... heute in der Musik von Bach immer wieder gerne die Instrumente ausgetauscht werden, Orgelpartituren von Jazzsängern wie den Swingle Singers gesungen oder die Brandenburgischen Konzerte auf dem Synthesizer gespielt werden.


● Sat, July 13th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen
Penderecki, Lutosławski, Bacewicz, Bałenkowski, Pärt, Sumera, Vähi

GlasperlenspielSinfoniettaKristjanJarviTMWGlasperlenspiel Sinfonietta’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire, but innovative cross-art form projects and a vigorous commissioning program. The orchestra’s repertoire spanning over centuries, entwines old music with new, from Bach to Piazzolla, from Pärt to Vähi.
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta introduces to the listeners the music from the past as a live, breathing, joyful organism and proves that every type of music could bring freshness to the mind, warm the soul and give energy. It is only up to thinking and attitude. The resulting sense of energy and individuality is one of the most commented-upon elements of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta concert experience.
During the last years Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta performed in Switzerland and Austria, in Italy and Finland, in Germany and Belgium, in Brazil and Chile, in Argentina and Uruguay and also took part at international music festivals like Ars Musica in Brussels, Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo, Mittelfest and Emilia Romagna in Italy, Oleg Kagan International Music Festival in Kreuth am Tegernsee in Germany, Saint Petersburg Easter Festival in Russia, Iitti Music Festival in Finland, Riga Music Festival Artissimo in Latvia, Tallinn Music Week.
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta has played on many prestigious stages in Europe, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Grand Hall of St Petersburg Philharmonia in Russia, Cologne Philharmonic Hall among them, getting high acclaim for each concert.


● Sat, July 13th at 10 pm, St John’s church
Heigo Rosin
Taira, Xenakis, Fowler, Eespere

HeigoRosinHeigo Rosin is the first solo percussionist to emerge out of Estonia. Despite his young age he has appeared frequently as a soloist with numerous symphony and chamber orchestras. Additionally, he has performed with different solo programs both in Estonia and abroad. There are a growing number of compositions being especially written for Heigo. In 2016, Heigo was also selected as principal percussionist with full scholarship to the World Percussion Group tour in the USA.
In 2004, Heigo Rosin started his percussion studies at Heino Eller Tartu Music College. Despite the lack of instruments in his hometown and literally practicing all percussion techniques on his bed, he was accepted to study in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) in 2008. He completed his studies (Bachelor and Masters degree) there in 2014 with a distinction in Rein Roos’ percussion class. Simultaneously with EAMT Heigo studied in the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and earned his second Bachelor and Masters degree with a distinction in Prof Carlo Willems’ and Prof Koen Wilmaers’ percussion classes. Since 2014, Heigo has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus / Aalborg in Prof Henrik Knarborg Larsen’s percussion class to earn a soloist diploma. During his years of studies Heigo has participated in numerous master classes of teachers and educators from all over the world including She-E Wu, Pius Cheung, Emmanuel Séjourné, Mark Ford, David Friedman, Hakim Ludin, and Pedro Carneiro. He has also participated in the drum clinics of Dave Weckl and Sheila E. In addition to that Heigo has had personal percussion sessions with the world famous solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Additional honors awarded to Heigo through various national and international competitions include 1st Prize at the Contemporary Music Competition De Linkprijs in the Netherlands (2013), 1st Prize at the Yamaha Scholarship Competition for Percussion (2013), 2nd Prize through the Estonian Academy of Music, classical music radio Klassikaraadio prizes at the Estonian TV competition “Classical Stars” (2013) and 1st Prize at the Estonian National Competition for Winds and Percussion in Tallinn (2012).
Heigo’s performances are hypnotizing and his choice of program content is unique. The way he breathes life into the rhythms in the music is enrapturing and the melodies and harmonies are mesmerizing; his performances carry audiences to other worlds. On the stage, his presence is fluid and versatile; sometimes an angel, who comforts, protects and brings blessings, sometimes a demon that shadows the whole hall with darkness. While performing he likes to play with emotions and energy, establishing a deep connection with the music he plays. Over ten years of karate practice has inspired Heigo to combine the movements of karate with his percussion playing. This unique aspect of his playing has given Heigo the nickname “Percussion Athlete” and makes his performances extraordinary not only to hear but to see.


● Sun, July 14th, 12 at noon, Kaarsild bridge, at 12.30 pm Town Hall Square, Tartu (free entrance)


Keiko● Sun, July 14th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Keiko Shichijo (piano, Japan)
Komitas, John Cage

Pianist & fortepianist Keiko Shichijo is a special voice in both the Classical and new music worlds. Her traditional Japanese sensibilities combined with her knowledge of European historical performance practices shape her unique vision, and this is reflected in her feeling for the music, the instruments and the story behind them.
Keiko Shichijo studied fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland and organ with Pieter van Dijk at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and specialized contemporary music with Daan Vandewalle in Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium. Hailing from Japan and residing in the Netherlands for more than a decade, she is active around the world playing both solo and chamber music. She is a prizewinner in many international competitions, including twice the International Early Music Competition (solo and duo) in Brugge, Belgium, the International Early Music Competition A Tre in in Germany and the Minkoff Prize from the music publisher, Edition Minkoff, and has performed in many international festivals such as the festivals Printemps Des Arts (France), Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival (Holland), MA Festival (Belgium), La Folle Journée Tokyo (Japan). In 2012, the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments in Japan released her first fortepiano solo CD of works by Schubert.
Her second solo CD 6 Dances by Komitas Vardapet, released in 2016, earned unanimous praise in the international press and was featured on the national Dutch TV program Vrije Geluiden.
Keiko Shichijo has a violin/fortepiano duo with renowned violinist Cecilia Bernardini which performs regularly throughout Europe.
As a specialist in contemporary music Keiko has worked with many composers, including Helmut Lachenmann, Tom Johnson, Johannes Kalitzke, Jürg Frey, Roscoe Mitchell en Bernhard Lang. Recently she premiered a concerto with the Janacek Philharmonic.
“... purity of sounds-breathtaking...” “... her sound filled the hall as one huge warm blanket...”
Since September 2017 she teaches piano and fortepiano at the Fontys Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Tilburg.


● Sun, July 14th at 7 pm, Orlov Palace, Tallinn
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen
Polish and Estonian music

AndresMustonen VPetrikasAndres Mustonen is one of the most unique conductors and violinists in Estonia. His activity as a conductor follows the timeline of music history from early to contemporary music, with emphasis on performing oratorios, passions, dramas and symphonic music. A special place in his repertoire is held by the works of contemporary composers, with whom he has formed a tight creative bond: Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kancheli, Valentin Silvestrov, Aleksandr Knaifel, Erkki Sven Tüür, Arvo Pärt, Awet Terterjan, Peeter Vähi etc.
Andres Mustonen graduated from Tallinn Conservatory in 1977, but his career as a musician has been all but conventional and academic. During his years of study, he was a fanatic performer of avant garde music and the organiser of happenings. In the 1970s he turned his interest towards the sources of European Christian tradition that resulted in a long-term work as the artistic director of the ensemble Hortus Musicus. In addition, Mustonen likes to perform chamber music with his friends and kindred spirits. In recent years, he has performed also with the ensemble Art Jazz Quartet. Concerts have taken him from Italy to Israel, Finland to Serbia and Russia to Germany. Since 2012, he is the artistic director and chief conductor of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta. His respect towards orchestral work and musicians is well summarised by himself: “For me, an orchestra is not a static form, but a living union consisting of musicians who complement and influence each other.”


DuoKayserTsiavos● Sun, July 14th at 10 pm, St John’s church
Deborah Kayser (soprano) & Nick Tsiavos (double bass, Australia)

“Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.” (Flaubert)
One Hundred Months, Third of East is journey through a kind of modernist Byzantium of the imagination, an exploration of an architecture of loss and desire, into which both voice and bass are immersed.







Mon, July 15th at 7 pm, St John’s church
Ensemble Svetilen (Russia) 

player Svetilen, Po-Nad Rusyu, fragment; 1 min 44 sec, mp3, 208 Kbps

● Tue, July 16th at 7 pm, St John’s church
黄蒙拉 / Mengla Huang (violin, China) & Age Juurikas (piano)
Piazzolla, Tan Dun

Mengla Huang, as one of the most active violinists on the world stage, won the 49th Paganini International Violin Competition at the age of 22, and also received the Renato De Barbieri Memorial Award for the best interpretation of Paganini’s Caprices and the Mario Ruminelli Memorial Award in this competition, thus getting named as “Oriental Paganini”.
Since 2001, as a solo violinist, Mengla Huang has made his US debut on concert stages such as Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. He has performed as an honorary guest at the opening concert of National Centre for Performing Arts (China). He toured with orchestras such as Sinfonieorchester Basel, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico and many more top international orchestras and achieved astounding success throughout China, Japan and Europe. Mengla has also been invited as a solo violinist with Bamberger Symphoniker, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.
The 2016 / 2017 season he completed the concert tour in China with Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin and struck a strong chord among music critics, which also marked a milestone in his professional career.
Since 2005, Mengla Huang's solo albums have been exclusively published by Universal / Deutsche Grammophon.
Mengla Huang has worked as an associate professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He has also served as a guest professor of the Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan for many years. 

St John Passion

Glasperlenspiel presents:
Sun, April 14, 2019 at 5 pm in Kaarli kirik (Charles’ church), address Toompuiestee 4, Tallinn
Palm Sunday Concert: Johann Sebastian Bach − ST JOHN PASSION, BWV 245
Anto Õnnis (Evangelist, tenor), Jaanika Kuusik (soprano), Annely Leinberg (mezzo-soprano), Tõnis Kaumann (baritone), Alvar Tiisler (bass), Tallinn Boys Choir (chorus master Lydia Rahula), Collegium Musicale (chorus master Endrik Üksvärav), Arsis handbell ensembles (artistic director Aivar Mäe), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen. In addition − All-Estonian Choral Choir.

JeesusBach composed his St John Passion during his second year in Leipzig, in 1724. As the freshly appointed cantor of the St Thomas church and therefore also the music director for the four churches of Leipzig, Bach probably felt the need to prove himself in this new situation. After all, he was far from first choice for the position − one official of the city council even remarked that, in lieu of the best man, they would have to make do with a mediocrity. With the St John Passion, Bach was surely able to surpass these doubts, as the piece was the most extensive he had written so far.
It is known from his obituary that Bach wrote five settings of the passion story, but the only surviving ones today are the St John’s and St Matthew’s. Perhaps this is the reason why these two masterpieces are constantly compared to each other. Robert Schumann, who conducted the St John Passion in 1851, considered it “more daring, forceful and poetic” than the St Matthew Passion. The St John Passion is also often described as more realistic, faster paced and more anguished. Bach never composed an opera, but this is about as close as he came.
St John Passion is written for an intimate ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo and pairs of flauti traversi and oboes. For additional colours, Bach also used lute, viola d’amore and viola da gamba. The author of the libretto is unknown, although it is likely that it was Bach himself. The core of the libretto is made up by chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John, with some additional paragraphs from the Gospel of Matthew and settings of poems by Barthold Heinrich Brockes, Christian Weise and Christian Heinrich Postel. The St John Passion was first performed on Good Friday, April 7 in 1724 at the St Nicholas church in Leipzig.
Bach repeatedly returned to the piece, revising it three times: in 1725, 1732 and 1749. This clearly shows how much value Bach placed on the work. Nowadays, the original work of 1724 is the most often performed version.

player Bach. St John Passion, fragment; performed by Tallinn Boys Choir, Voces Musicales, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, and conductor Andres Mustonen; recorded live 2018 in Tallinn; 3 min 35 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps

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Peeter Vähi − artistic director
Taavet − artistic advisor
Tiina Jokinen − executive director
Kadri Kiis − producer, accountant
Meeta Morozov − booklet editor, liner notes
Mart Kivisild − design
Olavi Sööt − logistics
Johannes Vähi − webcast / live streaming, logistics
Marje Hansar − social media marketing
Tarmo Tuvike − PR, marketing 

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See also: Glasperlenspiel-festivals; Glasperlenspiel 2018Glasperlenspiel 2017, Glasperlenspiel 2016Glasperlenspiel 2015Glasperlenspiel 2014, Glasperlenspiel 2013, Glasperlenspiel 2012, Glasperlenspiel 2011, Glasperlenspiel 2010, Glasperlenspiel 2009, Glasperlenspiel 2008, Glasperlenspiel 2007, Glasperlenspiel2006, Glasperlenspiel 2005, Archives: Glasperlenspiel2003 and 2004

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