Tallinn Piano Festival
4. – 12. November
Artistic director Lauri Väinmaa

Fri 4 November 2016 at 6 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall foyers
Exhibition „Klaveri ajalugu“ („Piano History“), compiled by Virge Joamets
Exhibition „Rariteetne klaver Eestis“ („Rare piano in Estonia“), compiled by Alo Põldmäe

Fri 4 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Kalle Randalu (piano)
Conductor Neeme Järvi
Weber. Jubilee Overture, Op. 59
Beethoven. Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80
Brahms. Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in B flat- Major, Op. 83

X Tallinn Piano Festival will be opened by maestro Neeme Järvi. The festival that has been held since 1998 is an inseparable part of Estonian music life. The festival has hosted the performances of the elite pianists in the world, such as Nelson Freire, Marc-André Hamelin, Arkadi Volodos, Paul Lewis, and many others. The opening concert will be held for the celebration of the 60th jubilee of one of the most beloved Estonian musicians and internationally renowned pianist – Kalle Randalu.

Sat 5 November 2016 at 4 p.m. Tallinn Town Hall
Imbi Tarum (harpsicord, positive organ)
Julia Agajeva Hess (harpsicord)
Bach. Trio Sonata in D minor BWV 527 (arrangement for 2 keyboard instruments)
Buxtehude. Aria con Variazioni in la BuxWV 249
Soler. Concerto in A minor for 2 keyboard instruments
C. Ph. E. Bach. Three small duets Wotq 115 for 2 keyboard instruments
Bach. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major BWV 852
Krebs. Concerto for 2 keyboard instruments in A minor

Sat 5 November 2016 at 7 p.m. White Hall of Tallinn Philharmony
Jazz on two pianos
Holger Marjamaa (piano)
Joel Rasmus Remmel (piano)
Jazz standars and original music

Sun 6 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Nelson Goerner (piano, Argentina)
Bach. Aria variata alla maniera italiana (in the Italian Manner), BWV 989
Chopin. The Nocturnes, Op. 15 No 1, Op. 37 No 1, Op. 37 No 2
Chopin. Scherzo No 3, Op. 39
Beethoven. Sonata No 29 B flat-Major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier“

“The intelligence, spirit and vividness of his playing is sheer delight.” (BBC Music Magazine). Born in 1969, the Argentinian pianist Nelson Goerner, one of the main guests of the Tallinn Piano Festival, is one of the most recognised piano artists of his generation on the international scene. He continuously performs with the most prestigious symphony orchestras at festivals like the Salzburg Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, BBC Proms, the festivals in Edinburgh and Schleswing-Holstein. He recently performed four different solo programmes in the series “Artist’s Portrait” during the season of the extremely dignified Wigmore Hall. His recordings have been received very well, for example the one of Beethoven’s grandiose “Hammerklavier Sonata”, which the audience at the Tallinn Piano Festival will be able to hear live.

Mon 7 November 2016 at 3 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
“Greetings from Vienna”
Florian Krumpöck (piano, Austria)
Mozart. Piano sonata no 10 in C-Minor, K 330
J.Strauss Jun. Piccicato- Polka, op. 234
Grünfeld. „Soirée de Vienne“ op. 56 "Konzertparaphrase über Johann Strauß'sche Walzermotive aus «Fledermaus» u. a. Op. 56

Celebrated as soloist and conductor alike, Florian Krumpöck proves himself as an exceptional phenomenon in international concert music scenes. In 2011, he was appointed one of the youngest music directors at the Rostock Opera House in Germany. He performs frequently on the stages of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Zurich, Moscow, Israel, USA, China, and South Korea. His reach as an artist has been recognised by Daniel Barenboim, Rudolf Buchbinder, Elisabeth Leonskaja, and many others.

Mon 7 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Hando Nahkur (piano)
Adams. “China Gates“
Bach/Busoni. “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” (“Now Come, Saviour of the Heathen“), BWV 659
Tüür. Piano sonata
Schumann. Arabesque in C- Major, Op. 18
Schumann/Liszt. „Widmung“ (“Dedication”)
Liszt. „Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude“ (“The Blessing of God in Solitude”), S.173
Verdi/Liszt. „Rigoletto paraphrase“

“Nahkur’s performance was fascinating ... his interpretation can rightfully hold its own even against the legendary pianists Wilhelm Kempff or Martha Argerich” (Piano News, Germany). Hando Nahkur’s playing can be characterised by the scale, brilliant virtuosity, a great sense of style and versatility. Hando Nahkur (born 1982) has successfully performed at many international contests and, as an active concert pianist, performed in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands (incl. Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw), Russia, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Mexico, Canada, and the USA (incl. the Carnegie Hall).

Tue 8 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Wed 9 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Vanemuise Concert Hall
Piano duo Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg (Israel)
Liszt. Sonata in B-minor (arr. Saint-Saëns)
Beethoven. “Große Fuge” (“Great Fugue”), Op. 134
Bernstein. Symphonic dances from the musical “West Side Story” (arranged by the author)

Piano duo Sivan Silver–Gil Garburg amazes with the ultra high culture of the performance, their simultaneous breathing and cognition, and the joy of playing. This time, they have an intriguing programme: all three pieces have been created for different ensembles – solo piano, string quartet, and symphony orchestra.

Wed 9 November 2016 at 4 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Sergey Prokofjev 125
Estonian Young Pianists Gala

The most talented young piano artists of the new generation from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, G. Ots Music School in Tallinn, Tallinn Music High School, and Heino Eller Tartu Music College.

Wed 9 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Alexander Brager (piano, Russia)
Frederyck Chopin
Polonaise, Op. 44; Four Mazurkas, Op. 67; Sonata No 2, Op. 35; Nocturne, Op. 9 No 2; Three Waltzes, Op. 34; Waltz in E minor, Op. posthume; Ballade No 4, Op. 52
Brager. “Valse-évolution“

Alexander Brager, provocative in his uniqueness, is feverishly asking questions. Why is it played like that? How is it possible? He receives no answers – Brager endlessly recreates new questions – with his own intrigues, time, style, and performance.” (Alexei Lubimov)
Alexander Brager has played at many Russian music festivals and recorded four popular solo-albums under “Art Service”: “The sound of time”, “Remakes & Variations”, “History´s Carnival” and “Kreisleriana”.

Thu 10 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Nordea Concert Hall
Mikhail Pletnev (piano, Russia)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Conrad van Alphen (LAV)
Mozart. Symphony no 40 in G-minor, KV 550
Tchaikovsky. Overture-Fantasy „Romeo and Juliet“
Rachmaninoff. Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2, Op. 18

An outstanding pianist, a majestic piano concert, a unique experience! Mikhail Pletnev performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2. Pletnev has been in high esteem as a pianist in the world’s concerto arena since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition at the age of 21 (1978). After that, also as a conductor and composer. His playing “is born of a prodigious virtuosity of imagination outrageous in its beauty“, describes The Times.

Fri 11 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Angela Hewitt (piano, Canada)
Scarlatti. Six Sonatas
Mozart. Sonata in B flat major KV 333
Beethoven. Sonata in D minor op 31 no 2 ("The Tempest")      
Sonata in E flat major op 27 no 1

“The Canadian pianist is one of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day. You sit entranced…. it would have been more accurate to say I was floating just below the ceiling,” writes the critic of The Sunday Times about Angela Hewitt’s piano evening in London. Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, in whose magic the Estonian audiences have been able to revel on several times, belongs to the highest circle of the world’s top pianists. Hewitt is considered an insuperable Bach interpreter. This fall, she will start the performance cycle of all of Bach’s creations for the piano which will cover four seasons and will be performed in London, New York and Ottawa. She will also continue her big project spanning a decade: record all 555 of Scarlatti’s sonatas. Hewitt will arrive to play Scarlatti in Tallinn after another recording sessions – we can expect a high artistic level! The third recording project Hewitt is currently involved in is to record all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. Two of which we will hear in Tallinn.
Hewitt has the “the ability to convey a spiritual seriousness that nonetheless does not exclude an utter charm” (The Sunday Times).

Sat 12 November 2016 at 7 p.m. Estonia Concert Hall
Piano Orchestra
Johan Randvere - Margus Riimaa
Kai Ratassepp - Mati Mikalai
Reet Kopvillem-Ruubel - Piret Habak
Piret Väinmaa - Lauri Väinmaa
De Simone „The Great Piano in the Sky“
Eespere „Põgenemine lapsepõlve“
Reinvere „Causérie des confiseurs“
Bryars „Grainger's Woogle“, „Zaleski's Perfumed Garden“
Mussorgski/Rannap „Pictures at an Exhibition“

The Estonian Piano Orchestra is garnering international fame as a unique ensemble of eight pianists who play on four pianos. In the recent years, they have performed in London and Shanghai with New York and other foreign tours yet to come.
A considerable part of the music performed at this concert will be premier – a true treat for the audience! The finale of the concert will be Mussorgsky’s masterpiece “Pictures at an Exhibition”, which has been reconceptualised by Rein Rannap. The visual design will be created by Raoul Kurvitz.