Tõnu Kaljuste

Tõnu Kaljuste, born in Tallinn (Estonia) in 1953, is the son of Heino Kaljuste, who was a leading Estonian choral conductor and teacher. Tõnu Kaljuste specialised early in choral conducting and studied at both Tallinn and Leningrad Conservatories. In 1981, he embarked on a full-time professional career after his Ellerhein Chamber Choir won first prize in the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition, bringing state funding for the choir, which was renamed the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
 
Kaljuste has said of his work with the choir that we grew together with and through our repertoire and from working in close association with many composers. It has been very important to our work that we have been able to cooperate with living composers. Many of those collaborations have been recorded in ECMs New Series, starting in 1992 with Forgotten [...]
Tõnu Kaljuste, born in Tallinn (Estonia) in 1953, is the son of Heino Kaljuste, who was a leading Estonian choral conductor and teacher. Tõnu Kaljuste specialised early in choral conducting and studied at both Tallinn and Leningrad Conservatories. In 1981, he embarked on a full-time professional career after his Ellerhein Chamber Choir won first prize in the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition, bringing state funding for the choir, which was renamed the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
 
Kaljuste has said of his work with the choir that we grew together with and through our repertoire and from working in close association with many composers. It has been very important to our work that we have been able to cooperate with living composers. Many of those collaborations have been recorded in ECMs New Series, starting in 1992 with Forgotten Peoples by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. The following year saw the release of Arvo Pärts Te Deum, Kaljustes first recording also to feature the newly founded Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Kaljuste has rightly acquired a reputation as one of Pärts closest and most faithful interpreters, with a list of recordings (several world premieres among them) that includes Litany (1996), Kanon Pokajanen (the magnum opus of the composers tintinnabuli style, which is dedicated to Kaljuste and his choir, 1998), In Principio (2009), and the Grammy-winning Adams Lament (2012).  Kaljustes ECM discography also includes notable recordings of works by Erki-Sven Tüür, Alfred Schnittke, Paul Giger, Heino Eller, Brett Dean and Gesualdo.
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YEAR DATE Artist VENUE LOCATION
2024 February 15 Arvo Pärt / Tõnu Kaljuste / Estonian Philh. Chamber Choir / Tallin Chamber Orchestra

Zeitinsel Arvo Pärt w/ Tõnu Kaljuste / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tallin Chamber Orchestra  

Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany
2024 February 17 Arvo Pärt / Tõnu Kaljuste / Estonian Philh. Chamber Choir / Anja Lechner

Zeitinsel Arvo Pärt w/Tõnu Kaljuste / Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Anja Lechner

Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany
2024 March 22 Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste

works by Cyrillus Kreek, Veljo Tormis

deSingel Antwerp, Belgium