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Harpsichords in Estonia

Current initiatives in Estonia related to the harpsichord include Harpsichord XXI - an Estonian-based initiative seeking contemporary compositions for harpsichord which can be used for pedagogical purposes, citing the current lack of profound contemporary teaching material for the harpsichord.

Estonian composer Rein Rannap completed a Suite for harpsichord in October 2013, commissioned by the Estonian Harpsichord Society and dedicated to Tallinn-based harpsichordist and academic Imbi Tarum.

Harpsichordist Julia Ageyeva Hess, a member of the Estonian Harpsichord Society, has won two prizes at the Paola Bernardi Competition in Bologna - second prize plus a special prize for contemporary music.

The Estonian Harpsichord Society's biennial 'Harpsichord Days' festival is scheduled for 9-13 April 2014.

Roots of the Harpsichord Days stretch to 1996 when the Festival, organised by Eesti Kontsert, developed from a series of events dedicated to one instrument, hosting such celebrities as Huguette Dreyfus, Pierre Hantaï, Blandine Verlet (France), Edward Parmentier (USA), Jordi Requant (Spain), Jukka Tiensuu and Aapo Häkkinen (Finland).

This ninth Klavessiinfestival features concerts, lectures, masterclasses and exhibitions of musical instruments. The concerts in Tallinn will be held at the Kadriorg Palace, the Estonian Theatre and Music Museum.

Traditionally the concerts, organised by Imbi Tarum, feature harpsichordists from Helsinki Sibelius Academy and from Estonian music schools and universities, including students from the Estonian Academy of Music.

The 2014 Festival features performers from Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany and the USA, and there's also a concert featuring young musicians.

For further background information in English and a general flavour of these events, read Peter G Howell's M&V reviews of previous festivals: La Grand Clavecin, 2008 and Clearly Important, 2010.

Music & Vision hopes to return to this year's Klavessiinfestival in April.

Information: www.klavessiin.kul.ee

Posted: 19 January 2014

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