E STuudio Youth Choir.
E STuudio Youth Choir from Tartu and Sydney Philharmonia Choir "Vox"
Saturday 24 February, 5pm
Sunday 25 February, 3pm
Choral singing has woven into the very fabric of Estonian society for centuries – collective singing was a vital form of unified protest against Soviet rule that the Estonian fight for independence of the 1980s is called the 'Singing Revolution'. The Republic of Estonia punches above its weight musically: it's famously the home of 'holy minimalist' icon Arvo Pärt, the high priest of the country's diverse music scene that boasts world-famous conductors and composers. Impressive for a country of 1.3 million.
Specialising in contemporary choral music from Estonia and beyond – especially Arvo Part's luminous compositions, and the next generation of Baltic composers – the 44 brilliant choristers of E Stuudio Youth Choir hail from high schools and universities across Estonia, and have already taken their dynamic brand of contemporary acapella singing to Carnegie Hall.
In a globe-spanning collaboration, VOX and Estonia's E Stuudio Youth Choir celebrate the rich vocal music of our countries. The young voices of Sydney's VOX choir are a product of Australia's bold musical culture – and its great choral music. VOX performs new Australian music by leading composers such as Ross Edwards, Paul Stanhope and Dan Walker inspired by Australia's unique environment. E Stuudio Choir will showcase the spiritually-inclined music of their homeland. Finally, the two choirs join forces to stunning effect in a meeting of north and south.
Running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes including a 20 minute interval
E STuudio youth choir will be touring Australia from 22 February until 12 March to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. The tour will start from Sydney, head through Canberra and Melbourne and finish in Adelaide.
E STuudio Noortekoor (E STuudio Youth Choir), which was formed upon E STuudio Girls' Choir, had their first rehearsals in September 2012. Boys with choral-singing experience were invited to sing with the girls from E STuudio Girls' Choir, who had achieved remarkable results at different international choral competitions around the world. Together, they applied to the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland in 2014 and won the Grand Prix (First Prize) of the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition. Thanks to an excellent performance at the renowned European choral competition, E STuudio Youth Choir won the title of The Culture Bearer of Tartu 2014.
The year 2015 bore the title of "Year of Music" in Estonia due to the jubilees of Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis. E Stuudio Youth Choir gave their contribution with dedication and the year was packed with different activities and concerts. Ten different concert programmes were brought to the audience. A special part of the programmes was dedicated to contemporary music of Estonia and the world. In addition to the concerts, the choir released their debut album „Vaikuse muusika" („The Music of Silence"), which was recorded together with the renowned young pianist Johan Randvere.
The biggest challenge in 2015 was the international New York Choral Festival, which was held at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. E Stuudio Youth Choir was among the four choirs which were chosen to perform there. The performance, consisting of Estonian choral music, received a gold diploma. In August of the same year, the choir travelled over the Atlantic once again with the support of the Estonian Ministry of Culture to give concerts in Canada and the US West coast. E STuudio Youth Choir also gave a concert and a workshop about the music of Veljo Tormis in the University of Washington in Seattle, which was attended by the students who had started learning Baltic folkloristics. All of the effort brought the choir the honour to be the Representational Choir of our hometown Tartu in 2016.
In the summer of 2016, the choir took part in the 54th International Competition of Choral Singing „Seghizzi" in Gorizia, Italy. They won 1st place in the Polyphonic Category (conductor Külli Lokko), 3rd place in the Folk Category (conductor Eliisa Sakarias), special prizes in category of Mixed Voices, Best Conductor, Best Performance of a Religious Polyphonic Composition, Best Italian and European Contemporary Repertoire awards and last but not least, the 28th Grand Prix of Seghizzi (conductors Kärolin Orav and Külli Lokko).
In February 2017 the choir won 1st place in the national choir competition "Tuljak". In summer, the choir toured England (London, Cheltenham, Lichfield and Cambridge), where they took part in music festivals and also collaborated with the Estonian Embassy to celebrate Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
E STuudio Youth Choir is one of the most unique choirs in Estonia due to the wide range of repertoire they perform throughout each season. The choir is currently working as part of the choral studio of Heino Eller Tartu Music College. The singers of E STuudio Youth Choir study at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Heino Eller Tartu Music College and the University of Tartu as well as other universities and schools. All the singers study or have studied music at one point in their lives. E STuudio Youth Choir is a buoyant choir, whose members have dedicated themselves to music and have the utmost goal of giving the audience an extraordinary experience.
|VOYAGE OF VOICES - E STuudio Youth Choir from Tartu and Sydney Philharmonia Choir "Vox" performing together On the face of it, the tiny Baltic state of Estonia and the vast continent of Australia couldn't be more different, or distant. But there's at least one thing that unites us: the vibrancy of our musical traditions.|