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DVD In the Mystical Land of Kaydara. Peeter Vähi

DVD Coppélia. A ballet by Léo Delibes

CD-series Great Maestros. Beethoven, Brahms. Kalle Randalu, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi

CD Quarter of a Century with Friends. Arsis, Rémi Boucher, Oliver Kuusik, Rauno Elp

Super Audio CD Maria Magdalena. Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

CD Jerusalem. Hortus Musicus

LP Contra aut pro? Toomas Velmet, Neeme Järvi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Arvo Pärt

CD The Soul of Fire. Age Juurikas

NeemeJarviSimonVanBoxtenNEEME JÄRVI

The performance will be part of “The Resurrection of Gustav Mahler”, a documentary about this work... Mr. Jarvi’s orchestra included members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and the Met Orchestra as well as scattered representatives of other ensembles, who donated their services to the project. It sounded dangerous, actually: an ad hoc ensemble is the last thing you might want for a gargantuan work like a Mahler Symphony. But it worked. /.../ Probably the most striking element of Mr. Jarvi’s reading was the ease with which he moved between Mahler’s extremes of hugeness and delicacy... (The New York Times, Apr 2006)
Neeme Jarvi conducted the New York Philharmonic in the “Lyric Symphony” on Thursday at Avery Fisher Hall... Mr. Jarvi conducted a gracious if not particularly memorable account. (The New York Times, Nov 2009)
The audience rewarded the performance with an ovation. For his final encore as music director Mr. Jarvi chose Haydn, whose 12 late symphonies he conducted during his tenure. Mr. Jarvi led a lithe, elegant rendition of the Minuet and Trio from Haydn’s Symphony No 96... (The New York Times, May 2009)



NeemeJarvi300The grand man of Estonian music, Maestro Neeme Järvi − a conductor “from God” − is probably the best known Estonian musician in the world beside Arvo Pärt. It is almost impossible to fully sum up the long and prolific career of one of the most sought after conductors of our time.

Neeme Järvi has conducted 157 orchestras, held the position of chief conductor (currently chief conductor emeritus) of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Royal National Opera (currently its honorary conductor), music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (currently music director emeritus), music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (currently honorary conductor), chief conductor of the Hague Residentie-orchestra (currently chief conductor emeritus) etc. The considerable increase in the artistic level of these orchestras has greatly been his service. As has the respect from these orchestras and their ongoing wish to continue their co-operation.

His discography is likewise impressive. Among others he has recorded all symphonies by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, R. Strauss, Mahler, Dvořák, Glazunov, Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Brahms.

Having served as chief conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra from 1963 to 1979, he took a difficult decision in 1980 and emigrated from the artistically oppressive USSR to the West where he made it his mission to introduce Estonian music to the world. He has conducted works by Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp, Heino Eller, Arvo Pärt, Eino Tamberg, Jaan Rääts, Veljo Tormis, Peeter Vähi and other Estonian composers − but first and foremost by Eduard Tubin with whom he closely collaborated artistically.

By today Neeme Järvi has re-established his contact with re-independent Estonia. In 2001, Neeme, the head of Järvi “Dynasty” together with his two sons, conductors Paavo and Kristjan, initiated the international conducting master classes in Pärnu which by today have grown into the Järvi Academy. Since 2010 Neeme Järvi has again been chief conductor and artistic director of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.


Download Neeme Järvi’s bio in Estonian (PDF, 1 page)
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Records released by ERP

100YearsOfEstonianSymphony107 Double CD
100 Years of Estonian Symphony
ERP 604
player CD II #1, Arvo Pärt. Symphony No 3, fragm, 2 min 58 sec, mp3, 256 kbps
GreatMaestros1 107 CD
Great Maestros I
Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, Strauss
ERP 8916
player R Strauss. Festive Prelude, fragm, 3 min 25 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
GreatMaestros2 107 CD
Great Maestros II
Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, Brahms
ERP 9016
player Beethoven. Piano Concerto No 2, fragm, 3 min 57 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
GreatMaestrosIII 107 CD
Great Maestros III
Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, Brahms
ERP 9416
GreatMaestrosIV 107 CD
Great Maestros IV
Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, Brahms
ERP 9516
player Beethoven. Piano Concerto No 4, Mov III, live, fragm, 3 min 29 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
GreatMaestrosV 107 CD
Great Maestros V
Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven, Brahms
ERP 9616
GreatMaestrosVI 107 Double CD
Great Maestros VI
Kalle Randalu (piano), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Brahms, Britten, Mahler / Britten, Weber
ERP 9817-1 and ERP 9817-2
player CD 2 #6, Weber. Jubel-Ouvertüre, fragm, 2 min 40 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
GreatMaestrosVolX107 GREAT MAESTROS X   New!
Kalle Randalu, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Mozart, R. Strauss
2019 ERP 10619
GreatMaestrosVolXI107 GREAT MAESTROS XI   New!
Kalle Randalu, Guido Gualandi, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Mozart, Brahms / Schönberg, Vähi
2019 ERP 10719
GreatMaestrosOSR107 Double CD
Great Maestros
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Berlioz, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Dvořák, Ravel
ERP 8615
player CD 2 #12, Ravel. Boléro, fragm, 7 min 31 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
ToivoNahkurNeemeJarvi107 CD
Toivo Nahkur, Neeme Järvi
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Tchaikovsky, Beethoven
ERP 4410
player Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto No 2, Mov I, fragm, 2 min 51 sec, mp3
Estonia100-107 11-CD-set
Estonian National Opera 100 (Archive recordings)
Estonian National Opera, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Georg Ots, Kalju Karask, Teo Maiste, Urve Tauts, Margarita Voites, Tiit Kuusik, Mati Palm...
Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti
ERP 906
player CD 2 #17. Mozart. Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro’s aria, fragm, Georg Ots, mono, 2 min 44 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
ContraAutPro107 LP (vinyl)
Contra aut pro? Archive recordings
Toomas Velmet (cello), Estonian Radio Symphony Orchestra
ERP 10017
player Arvo Pärt. Cello Concerto Pro et contra, fragm, mono, 3 min 14 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps
ALegendOfEstonia107 DVD
A Legend of Estonia
Georg Ots, Estonian National Opera
Verdi, Mozart
ERP 9216

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The Beethoven concerto is perfectly conducted, with plenty of zest and spirit. The pianist is excellent, but of course he isn’t Sviatoslav Richter − but who is? /.../ That RCA recording will never be matched − but this one comes close, and if you don’t know that old recording you will find this new one outstanding. Both Strauss pieces are also superb. The organ in the Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn doesn’t sound “new”, but it is probably close enough to what Strauss heard in Vienna when he led the premiere of the Festive Prelude in 1913. (Vroon, American Records Guide, Jan / Feb 2017, USA, whole article)

This release is part of Estonian Records’ Great Maestros series. I’m not sure if they plan to restrict themselves to Estonian conductors... Jarvi has an extensive discography, but Brahms has not played a large part in it. /.../ Not a bad recording, but neither is it a threat to your favorites. The Beethoven is more relaxed and romantic in spirit. Randalu is a fine Estonian pianist... His Beethoven is warm and shaped with very little suggestion of Mozart or Haydn. I particularly like his (and Jarvi’s) ability to make this a lovely, solid piece rather than just an example of early Beethoven with rococo tendencies! So, a mixed verdict. An enjoyable concerto, where the classical Beethoven piece is given a warm romantic performance, juxtaposed with a tragically romantic symphony of Brahms, which gets a straight, classical reading. (Althouse, American Records Guide, Jan / Feb 2017, USA, whole article)

... kontsertsalvestused. Ulatuslikud teosed salvestatakse sellisena, nagu nad kõlavad kontserdil, järeltöötlusena tehakse vaid üksikud parandused. Plaadile võib jääda mõne pillimehe kerge vääratus (eksimine on inimlik, see ei pruugi tähendada professionaalsuse või musikaalsuse puudumist), köhatus publiku hulgast, aplaus, braavo-hüüded ja kontserdi üldine eluline atmosfäär. Maestro Järvi eelistab viimastel aegadel just viimatinimetatud live-varianti koos sellega kaasneva loomulikkuse ja inimlikkusega. Ka mina armastan enam kontsertplaadistusi, sest tahan nautida eelkõige orkestri esitust ja dirigendipoolset muusika tõlgitsust, mitte imetleda seda, kuivõrd täiuslik arvutiprogramm on parajasti olnud kasutada helirežissööril ning kui palju stuudioaega on plaadifirma suvatsenud kulutada esitusvigade kõrvaldamiseks. Neeme Järvi ja ERSO plaadistusi tehes oleme selles küsimuses saavutanud suurepärase üksteisemõistmise ka Eesti hetkel küll vist parima klassikalise muusika helirežissööri Tanel Klesmentiga. Live – see on puhas tõde, stuudio − see on suures osas pettus! (Peeter Vähi, Postimees, 07.06.17, Estonia, whole article)

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FrontCover300LUKAS GROEN


Lukas Groen is a well-respected enterprising conductor and organizer with many fresh ideas, fantasy and creativity, excellent communication technique and wide knowledge of repertoire. Dutch-Estonian conductor. An artist of ERP.





Lukas Groen is a well-respected enterprising conductor and organizer with many fresh ideas, fantasy and creativity, excellent communication technique and wide knowledge of repertoire. During the last 20 years he has divided his time between conducting and developing new projects, independently and for well-established artists and institutions. He conductor in resindence of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta.

In recent years he has been working as a freelance conductor and for several festivals as consultant and conducting pedagogue in masterclasses next to conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and Kristjan Järvi.

Since 2008 Lukas Groen is responsible for the International Järvi Academy for Conducting and worked as pedagogue and as assistant of Neeme Järvi. He is one of the founders of the Järvi Festival (now Pärnu Music Festival). From 2014 to 2016 he worked as pedagogue and consultant for the Gstaad Academy for Conducting at the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. Since 2016 Lukas is working closely together with Kristjan Järvi, developing the Baltic Academies Orchestra and masterclasses for Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic and is managing producer and conductor of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta in Estonia. His masterclasses are popular with the young generation of conductors.

i-vxWqKvG-LUntil 2008 he worked in the Netherlands among others as chief-conductor of the City Orchestra of Bergen op Zoom and musical director of the Symphonic Choir in Vlissingen. As guest conductor he worked a.o. with Corelli Baroque Orchestra (EE), the Baltic Academies Orchestra, Gstaad Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), Pärnu City Orchestra (EE), Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Matav Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, the Brabantsch Muzyk Collegie (period instruments, NL), the Randstad Orchestra (NL), the Rotterdam Vocal Ensemble "Rovoce", I-Symfonietti-01 (Switzerland), New Bristol Sinfonia (UK), Orkest van het Oosten (East Holland orchestra) and several youth orchestras in the Netherlands and Estonia. He was invited several times by Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and conducted its tour in the Netherlands in 2005.

In 2000 Lukas Groen was awarded the most prestigious award for young conductors in the Netherlands the prize and scholarship of the 'Kersjes van de Groenekan Fonds'. Its jury-chairman Mr. J. M. van Veggel said: "Lukas Groen may, without doubt, be called one of the most promising exponents of the young Dutch generation of conductors..."

In 1997 he became First Prize Winner of the Fourth International 'Oestereichisch-Ungarische Wettbewerb für Dirigenten'. In September 1999 he was finalist in the 46th 'Concours International de Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre de Besançon'. In the same year he worked as assistant conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and with Edo de Waard and Claus Peter Flor.

orkesterLukas Groen studied conducting and composition at the Rotterdam Conservatory (1991-1997), as well as Musicology at the University of Utrecht (1997-1999). Additional he studied with maestros as Claus Peter Flor, Neeme Järvi, Jorma Panula, Gianluigi Gelmetti, and Prof. Wolfgang Harrer.

In recommendations Hans Vonk called him a promising conductor of a high level; composer Klaas de Vries is mentioning his specific insight in contemporary music and Prof. Harrer praises his strong personality, musical-psychological instinct and his experienced way of dealing with singers.

As a composer Lukas Groen has composed various works for ensemble, choir, orchestra and documentary films.


Vertigo, French Baroque, 2007, ERP 1207
player Royer. L’Incertaine, fragm, mp3, 90 sec

Vivaldi per Pisendel, Baltic Baroque, 2012, ERP 6312
player #5, Sonata in G major, Mov V, 1 min 6 sec, mp3, 160 Kbps

Vivaldi. World Premiere Recordings, Baltic Baroque, 2013, ERP 6613
player #21, Sonata à Violino Solo in Sol maggiore, Mov I, fragm, 2 min 3 sec, mp3, 192 Kbps

Vivaldi senza basso, Baltic Baroque, 2013, ERP 6713
Coming soon!

Listen to the live recording together with Stéphane Réty (transverse flute)

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In summary this CD is a very good listen with more than usual significance. The playing is superb and the interpretation fascinating. (Peter G Howell, CD Spotlight, 11.11.07, UK, whole article)

Eksivad need, kes arvavad, et klavessiin on üks kuiv ja igavalt “plõnksuv” instrument. Sellesse plaati süvenedes peaks igaüks selles veenduma: Imbi Tarumi mängus on palju huvitavaid värve, peenekoelisi figuratsioone ja põnevalt kõlama pandud muusikalisi karaktereid. (Igor Garšnek, Sirp, 18.01.08, Estonia, whole article)

Pilli kandev, mahlane kõla, suur ulatus, registrivalik ja mängutehnilised võimalused sobivad väga hästi just ptantsuse kõrg- ja hilisbaroki muusika esitamiseks. Suurepäraselt kõlavad sellel klavessiinil Antoine Forguerary palad, kus pääseb täielikult mõjule sume ja laulev bassiregister. (Iren Lill, Muusika, 10/2007, Estonia)

Akadeemilist poolt esindavatest kontsertidest külastasin temperamendist säriseva prantsuse flötisti Stėphane Rėty ja meie klavessinisti Imbi Tarumi baroki gurmee õhtut. Viis flöödisüiti ja -sonaati prantsuse XVIII sajandi esimese poole muusikast andis ülevaatliku pildi baroki- ja rokokooajastu muusikast, iseloomulikest kaunistuste (melismide jm) ahelikest. Stiilne kava ja kaunis esitus! (Alo Põldmäe, Sirp, 02.08.13, Estonia, whole article)

Kontsert pealkirjaga “Barokigurmee” oli hõrgutis esimesest noodist viimaseni. /.../ Imbi Tarum klavessiinil oli nõtke ansamblipartner, leides meisterlikult oma pillist erinevaid värviregistreid... (Virge Joamets, Muusika, 8−9, 2013, Estonia)

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MIKHAIL LEONTYEVMikhailLeontyev350


Russian conductor. An artist of ERP. A representative of the younger generation of conductors in St Petersburg.



The biography of Mikhail Leontyev (in Russian: Михаил Леонтьев) includes performances with the orchestra of the State Cappella of St Petersburg, the Symphony Orchestra of St Petersburg, Mikhailovsky Theatre (St Petersburg), the St Petersburg Academic Philharmonuc Symphony Orchestra, the Academic Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Philharmonic, the State Academic Symphony Orchestra named after Evgeny Svetlanov, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Osaka Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Arpeggione (Moscow), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, etc.

Mikhail Leontyev has conducted opera and ballet performances at the St Petersburg Conservatoire Theatre and the Hermitage Theatre and in 2008, staged a children’s opera The Little Prince by Banevich, performed in the international opera and ballet festival in Savonlinna (Finland), had concert tours with the Mikhailovsky Theatre in South Korea. In his theatre music repertoire there are Tchaikovsky’s operas The Queen of Spades, Iolanta and Eugene Onegin, Borodin’s Prince Igor, Verdi’s Masked Ball, Halevi’s Jewess, Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. Mikhail Leontyev has also conducted Tchaikovsky’s ballets Nutcracker and  Swan Lake, Delibes’ Coppélia, Elcheva’s musical Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Uspensky’s Anna Karenina, Donizetti’s comic opera The Bell, Prokofiev’s children’s opera The Giant, etc. His extensive symphonic repertoire contains an awe-inspiring list.

Mikhail Leontyev has received excellent education. He has graduated from the Choral College named after Glinka, the St Petersburg Conservatoire where he studied choral and operatic and symphonic conducting. Also, Arnold Katz’s, Vladimir Fedoseyev’s, Mark Gorenstein’s, Victor Yampolsky’s, Jorma Panula’s, Neeme and Paavo Järvi’s and other master-classes have given rise to a bright career. Mikhail Leontyev has been coached by such outstanding conductors like People’s Artist of Russia, Prof Ravil Martynov, Tatiana Nemkina, People’s Artist of USSR, Prof Vladislav Chernushenko.

Leontyev has won awards at several international competitions: V Conducting Competition named after Sergei Prokofiev (St Petersburg 2008, Title Winner and the Prize of Yamaha), XV Conducting Competition Min-On (Tokyo, 2009, a Gold Medal, Title of Laureate and the Prize of Asahi), I Open Conducting Competition named after Ilya Musin (Kostroma in 2009, 1st prize and Title of Laureate), I All-Russian Conducting Competition (Moscow 2011, Title of Laureate).


In the period 2011−2016 Mikhail Leontyev was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor (awarded the prize named after S. Rachmaninov) of the Tambov Symphony Orchestra. Since 2016 he is the conductor of the Orchestra Northern Symphony of St Petersburg MusicHall. Since 2017 Leontev is also a senior lecturer in the Moscow State Institute of Music named after A. G. Schnittke.


Watch Mikhail Leontyev on YouTube:
player Overture to Ruy Blas, Op 95 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, 9 min 43 sec, Tokyo
player Fantasy Kamarinskaya by Mikhail Glinka, 10 min 20 sec, Tokyo
player Fragment from the opera The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, 5 min 31 sec, St Petersburg
player Fragment from the opera Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, 7 min, St Petersburg
player Overture Egmont by Ludwig van Beethoven, 10 min 47 sec, St Petersburg
player Baltic Symphony Orchestra, 4 min 27 sec
player Fragment from the opera Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi, 10 min 2 sec, St Petersburg
player Performances 2012−2013, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Saint-Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchetsra, 1 h 19 min 45 sec

Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Mikhail Leontyev
Mozart. Violin Concerto No 3 in G major
2013 ERP 6013
Watch player a fragment (11 min 1 sec) of live video recording on YouTube


Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, Kato Erico (soprano), conductor Mikhail Leontyev
Dvořák, Rimsky-Korsakov, Respighi, Williams, Tchaikovsky, Japanese songs



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A Person of Great Character. Interview with Mikhail Leontyev (SGI Quarterly / Soka Gakkai International Quarterly Magazine, No 59, Jan 2010, Japan)

Основной силой, объединившей большое количество исполнителей на сцене в единое содружество талантов, стал дирижёр Михаил Леонтьев. /.../ Михаил Леонтьев − лауреат четырёх Международных и Всероссийских конкурсов, гастролировал во многих странах мира... Дирижёр работает с развёрнутой во времени формой, и собрать в единое целое кантату «STABAT MATER» − подвиг с привлечением большого количества музыкантов, единомышленников. У маэстро это блестяще получилось! Он с большим уважением относится к музыкантам, и они ему отвечают тем же. Ведь основной задачей, по выражению выдающегося дирижёра современности Геннадия Рождественского, является умение дирижёра заставить музыкантов хотеть играть ещё лучше. Это умение было продемонстрировано М. Леонтьевым в работе с оркестром и хором над партитурами Й. Гайдна и К. Дженкинса. (Tatiana Danielyan, Vechernii Stavropol, 02.01.17, Russia, whole article)

... событие культурной жизни и города в целом. /.../ У М. Леонтьева множество титулов и наград, он дипломант V Международного конкурса дирижеров имени С. Прокофьева (Санкт-Петербург... 2008), победитель XV Международного конкурса дирижеров MIN-ON (Токио... 2009), победитель I Открытого конкурса дирижеров имени И. Мусина (... 2009). Был приглашенным дирижером Михайловского театра, ранее работал в Капелле Санкт-Петербурга. М. Л.: «Если по-другому посадить оркестр, звук изменится в любом случае... Мне хотелось как можно больше выдвинуть оркестр на авансцену. Поэтому с задних рядов все медные инструменты я постарался рассадить по бокам, чтобы они сидели поближе и не дули в уши деревянным духовым. /.../ Что касается струнных: виолончели теперь более повернуты деками к залу. Если они сидят сбоку, то их звук теряется. Как раз эта рассадка очень популярна везде: и в Европе, и в Азии.» (Elena Sipacheva, Gradus ad Parnassum, No 8, Dec 2011, Russia)

Klaaspärlimängu” avakontserdi sisustas Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta /.../ noore Peterburi dirigendi Mihhail Leontjevi taktikepi all. Usun, et see kontsert lõi seniste Tartus toimunud festivalide publikurekordi. Kava oli huvitav. /.../ Täpse, kuid väljendusrikka žestiga Leontjev lasi Mozarti muusika võlul maksvusele pääseda. (Mart Jaanson, Sirp, 10.08.12, whole article)

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JuriAlperten240JÜRI ALPERTEN


Orchestral and opera conductor



Jüri (Yuri) Alperten was born in Tallinn, Estonia in 1957 to a family of musicians. In 1979 he graduated cum laude from the Estonian Academy of Music. His major fields of concentration being piano under Prof Bruno Lukk and orchestral conducting under Prof Roman Matsov. In the same year he was admitted to the St Petersburg Conservatory for postgraduate studies in opera and orchestral conducting. Four years were spent working with Prof Ilya Musin. Jüri Alperten has conducted with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Minsk Philharmonic, Cishinau Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Plzen Radio Orchestra, Estonian National Opera, Latvian National Opera, Finnish National Opera, Gothenburg Opera, etc. Since 1998 is he the chief conductor of the Pärnu City Orchestra.

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Main repertoire

Attila, Un Ballo in Maschera, Nabucco, Don Carlos and La traviata by Verdi, Eugen Onegin, The Swanlake and The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, Carmen by Bizet, The Flying Dutchman by Wagner, Figaro’s Marriage, Don Giovanni, Magic Flute and Requiem by Mozart, Madama Butterfly and La bohème by Puccini, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini, complete symphonies by Beethoven and Brahms, piano concertos by Beethoven, orchestral pieces by Salieri, works by Estonian composers, etc.


Imagetext Voices of the Estonian National Opera / Estonia ooperihääled
ERP 2409
player Wagner Tristan und Isolde, Overture, Estonian National Opera, fragm, 4 min 27 sec, mp3
player  Rossini La Cenerentola, fragm, Oliver Kuusik, 2 min 37 sec, mp3
Tallinn Sinfonietta, Neeme Punder, Hele-Riin Uib, Girls’ Choir Ellerhein, Villu Veski
Works: A Chant of Bamboo by Peeter Vähi, and Songs of Hope 11031011 by Imre Sooäär
2012 Estonia-Japan Association
Live video on YouTube: player
Imagetext Estonia–100, CD 4
ERP 906-4
player Verdi La traviata, Estonian National Opera conducted by Jüri Alperten, fragm, 135 sec, mp3
Imagetext Estonia–100, CD 5
ERP 906-4
player Rossini Semiramide, Estonian National Opera conducted by Jüri Alperten, live rec, fragm, 138 sec, mp3
Imagetext Estonia–100, CD 6
ERP 906-6
Imagetext Helmut Rosenvald
Antes Edition BM 31.9197
player Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jüri Alperten, fragm, 133 sec, mp3
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... a higly emotionally spirited Yuri Alperten, who has full command of the score “Carmen” (Theater der Zeit, Germany)

“The Flying Dutchman” was a genuinely Wagnerian performance. The conducting of Yuri Alperten was superb. (Sovetskaya Muzyka, Russia)

Det är flott, men koreografin förmår inte helt fylla musikens nyanser. Denna afton är det främst Tjajkovskij som tar hem spelet. Estländaren Jüri Alperten leder orkestern in i känslornas dalgångar utan att det ekar falsk patetik. Någon enstaka klang blir luddig i Svansjön, men så är ju scenen full av fjädrar. (Anna Angström, SVD, 25.09.02, Sweden)

Dirigent Jüri Alperten /.../ tegi seekord ühe oma parematest esinemistest. Salieri teoste puhul sobis hästi temale omane joviaalsus, dirigendi žestid lõid vastava meeleolu. Salieri orkestriesitusest jäid enim kõrvu flöödi elegantsed ning stiilsed soolod. “Reekviemi” ja filmi vapustavad kokkupuutepunktid olid filmist nähtud haige Mozarti komponeerimisstseen, tema ettelauldud viisijuppidest välja kasvav orkestrikõla ja selle ülevõtmine juba tõelise, kontserdisaalis mängiva orkestri poolt. /.../ Jüri Alperten suutis aeglased osad (eriti Lacrimosa) kujundada lausa sündmuseväärselt meeldejäävaks. Siin mängis kaasa Alperteni kui dirigendi eripära mitte hoida orkestrit raudses haardes ja valitseda, vaid lasta muusikal vabalt voolata ning interpreetidel sellevõrra avaneda. Alperten justkui imetleks ka ise toimuvat ja läheks sellega kaasa. (Heili Vaus-Tamm, Sirp, 12.08.05, Estonia)

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Üle 30 aasta ooperiteatris tegutsenud Endel Nõgene on tuntud kui suurepärane operetispetsialist, kelle taktikepi all on valminud enam kui 60 ooperi-, balleti- ja operetilavastust, enam kui 3117 etendust ja kontserti. Muusikakriitikute hinnangul on tegemist paadunud romantikuga, kelle töödes paistab silma erakordne paindlikkus ja koostöövalmidus. Hingelähedasem on läbi aegade olnud Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Tšaikovski ja operetimuusika. Ta on juhatanud meelsasti ka operetigalasid.
“Teatrielu on justkui kaleidoskoop, mille iga kivike muudab üldpildi tundmatuseni teiseks”, ütles Nõgene oma 30 teatritegevust tähistaval juublikontserdil. “Üks selliseid säravamaid ja kirevamaid osakesi selles kaleidoskoobis on operett: kaunis muusika, lustlikkus ja ka mustlasviisid, mida kasutavad peaaegu kõik maailma operetiheliloojad.”



Endel Nõgene on lõpetanud 1974 Eesti Muusikaakadeemia trompeti eriala Helmut Orusaare ja dirigeerimise prof Roman Matsovi juures. Järgnesid dirigeerimisõpingud Peterburi konservatooriumis prof Viktor Fedotovi juures (1975–77). Assistentuuri läbis ta Leedu Rahvusooperis prof J Aleksa käe all. Ta on ooperdirigeerimise alal end täiendanud Potsdamis, Viinis, Berliinis, Bayeruthis, Münchenis ja Zürichis.
Esimest korda dirigendina astus Endel Nõgene orkestri ette 1968 aastal Tartu Ülikooli aulas. 1974 aasta dirigendidebüüt Offenbachi operetiga “La Périchole” teatris “Vanemuine” pani aluse kogu järgnevale teatritegevusele. 1974–81 oli ta “Vanemuise” dirigent, 1977–79  töötas  dirigendina Leedu Rahvusooperis ja 1979–87 Rahvusooperis “Estonia”, 1980–81 ja 1987–99 oli ta teatri “Vanemuine” muusikajuht ja peadirigent, 1999–2004 jätkas Rahvusooperis Estonia dirigendina, täna jätkab mõlemas külalisdirigendina Ta on toonud välja mitmed itaalia ooperid  Alberto Zedda ja maestro Carlo Felice Cillario assistendina. Samuti on ta olnud Neeme Järvi assistent rahvusvahelistel dirigentide meistrikursustel Pärnus (2000–07).
Endel Nõgene on juhatanud hulgaliselt sümfooniakontserte Eestis, Soomes, Rootsis, Saksamaal, Armeenias, Venemaal, Lätis, Leedus, Rumeenias ja Tšehhis, sealhulgas  Berliini Filharmoonia suures saalis, samuti on ta osalenud mitmetel rahvusvahelistel festivalidel. Ta on Ferenc Lehari-orkestri ning Nordic Baltic Youth Philharmonia kunstiline juht ja peadirigent.
Peale dirigenditöö on Endel Nõgene aktiivselt tegev ka pedagoogina,  pikem koostöö on sidunud teda Eesti Muusikaakadeemia ooperikoolitusega. 1992 aastal valiti Endel Nõgene Viinis asuva Europäische Musiktheater-Akademie liikmeks, aastatel 1992–2001 oli ta ka juhatuse liige. Ta on osalenud mitmete rahvusvaheliste dirigentide ja laulukonkursside žüriide töös.
Endel Nõgene on pälvinud mitmel korral Eesti Vabariigi Kultuuriministeeriumi ja Teatriliidu dirigendipreemia.

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Puccini. “Madama Butterfly” (üle 100 etenduse), “Boheem”, “Õder Angelica”, “Gianni Schicchi”, “Tosca”
Cimarosa. “Salajane abielu”
Tšaikovski. “Jolanthe”, “Jevgeni Onegin” (üle 100 etenduse)
Bizet. “Carmen”
Smetana. “Müüdud mõrsja”
Menotti. “Konsul”
Rossini. “Sevilla habemeajaja” (üle 100 etenduse), “Tuhkatriinu”, “Itaallanna Alžiiris”
Mozart. “Figaro pulm”, “Don Giovanni”, “Röövimine Serailist”, “Võluflööt”
Donizetti. “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Don Pasquale”
Bartók. “Hertog Sinihabeme loss”
Leoncavallo. “Pajatsid”
Schönberg. Melodraama “Kuu Pierrot”, op 21
Verdi. “Rigoletto” (üle 100 etenduse), “Traviata” (üle 100 etenduse), “Trubaduur”, “Othello”, “Don Carlo”, “Macbeth”, “Simon Boccanegra”, “Maskiball”
Nielsen. “Maskeraad”

Delibes. “Coppélia”

Lehár. “Lõbus lesk” (3 erinevat versiooni, 289 etendust), “Krahv Luxemburg”
Kálmán. “Silva”, “Krahvinna Maritza”, “Montmartre’i kannike”
Abraham. “Savoy ball“, “Victoria ja tema husaar”
Strauss. “Nahkhiir”, “Mustlasparun”, “Öö Veneetsias”, “Viini veri”
Millöcker. “Kerjusüliõpilane”
Zeller. “Linnukaupleja”
Loewe. “Minu veetlev leedi”
Leigh. “Mees La Manchast”
Offenbach. “Ilus Helena”, “Péricola”, “Orfeus põrgus”, “Pariisi elu”

Sümfooniad ja instrumentaalkontserdid:
Tšaikovski. Sümfooniad nr 4, 5 ja 6, instrumentaalkontserdid
Glazunov. Saksofonikontsert, teosed tšellole ja orkestrile
Ravel. Valss, “Daphnis And Chloe”
Debussy. Prelüüd “Fauni pärastlõuna”
Rossini. Avamängud
Mozart. Sümfooniad, avamängud, instrumentaalkontserdid
Schubert. Sümfooniad
Mendelssohn. Viiulikontsert
Dvořák. Tšellokontsert
Beethoven. Sümfooniad, klaverikontserdid
Brahms. Sümfooniad nr 2 ja 4
Sibelius. Sümfooniad, Viiulikontsert
Šostakovitš. Sümfooniad nr 5 ja 9
Prokofjev. Sümfooniad
Grieg. Klaverikontsert
Schumann. Klaverikontsert, Tšellokontsert
Chopin. Klaverikontserdid

Eesti muusika: Eller, Pärt, Tüür, Kõrvits, Vähi, Tulve, Kangro, Sisask jt

player Debussy. Prelüüd Fauni pärastlõuna, fragm, live, 112 sek, mp3
player Kálmán. Montmartre’i kannike, Rahvusooper Estonia, fragm, 95 sek, mp3


Tšaikovski 5. sümfooniat juhatas Endel Nõgene tulise haardega, mis annab tunnistust tema suurest professionaalsusest. Tartu Vanemuise teatril on hea, Leningradis viimse lihvi saanud peadirigent. (Seppo Heikiheimo, Helsingin Sanomat, 1993, Soome)

... külalisdirigent asetas põhirõhu Tšaikovski kõlapildi väljatoomisele. Tartu Vanemuise muusikajuht oskas helilooja 5. sümfoonias esile tuua kõige õrnema tundlikkuse ja purskuva temperamendi koosluse. Nõgene ehitas sümfoonia veenvalt üles, valitses järjekindlus. Külalisdirigendi täpsed žestid olid mõjusad, ta jäi analüütiliselt selgeks ja lõppeesmärgi saavutamisel kindlaks. Küpsele orkestrikõlale lisandus rütmiline erksus, mis andis tervikule säravad kontuurid. (Walter Grampe, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 12.04.99, Saksamaa)

Endel Nõgene on jahmatamapanevalt hea dirigent! Tal on väga täpne ja väljendusrikas žest ning ta ei lahmi millimeetritki tühja. Tema käe all näitas, tõsi küll, Tallinna abijõududega õilistatud orkester kõrget mängukultuuri. (Margo Kõlar, Sirp, 30.04.99, Eesti)

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Experienced conductor for operetta and opera performances.



Conductor Endel Nõgene with a career of more than 30 years in an opera theatre where he has staged over 60 operas, ballets and operettas and conducted 3120 performances, is first and foremost known for his deep expertise in operetta. Music reviewers call him a hardened romantic who excels in flexibility and his will of co-operation. His most cherished composers have been Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Tchaikovsky as well as operetta music, hence, he has conducted delightful operetta-galas.
“Theatre-life can be compared to a kaleidoscope where each smallest stone changes the total picture,” said Nõgene at the concert of his “30-years on stage” anniversary. “One of the brightest and most colourful particles in that kaleidoscope is operetta with its beautiful music, joyfulness and gypsy tunes used by almost all operetta composers of the world.”
Endel Nõgene graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music in 1974 majoring in trumpet under the supervision by Helmut Orusaar and later as conductor under the supervision by Prof Roman Matsov. During the years 1975−1977 he studied orchestra conducting with Prof Viktor Fedotov at Leningrad State Conservatoire followed by post-graduate studies with Prof J Aleksa in the Lithuanian National Opera. He has taken follow-up courses and attended master-classes in Potsdam, Vienna, Berlin, Bayreuth, Munich, and Zurich.
The first ever time to conduct an orchestra for Nõgene was at Tartu University Assembly Hall in 1968. In 1974 his conducting debut with operetta La Périchole by Offenbach in Vanemuine Theatre made a solid foundation to his theatre career. In 1974−1981 he was a conductor in Vanemuine, in 1977−1979 at the Lithuanian National Opera, in 1979−1987 at the Estonian National Opera, in 1980–81 and 1987–99 he was music director and chief conductor of Vanemuine, in 1999−2004 a conductor at the Estonian National Opera. Currently he is the guest conductor of the two latter. Nõgene has co-staged several Italian operas as an assistant to Alberto Zedda and Carlo Felice Cillario as well as assisted Maestro Neeme Järvi with his master-classes during the years 2000–07.
Endel Nõgene has conducted a number of symphony concerts in Estonia as well as in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Armenia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and the Czech Republic; among the afore-mentioned appear concerts in the Hall of Berliner Philharmonie and festivals in Romania, Aachen, Brandenburg, Karlsruhe, and Riga. He is the artistic director of Ferenc Lehár Orchestra and artistic director and chief conductor of the Nordic Baltic Youth Philharmonia. In addition to all that he is also engaged in teaching, the longest co-operation in this field being with the Opera Department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 1992 Nõgene was elected a member of Europäische Musiktheater-Akademie and was a member of the Board until 2001. He has been in the Jury of several international conducting and singing competitions.
Maestro Nõgene has been awarded the Best Conductor prize on multiple occasions by the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the Theatre Union.

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Main repertoire

Puccini. Madama Butterfly (more than 100 performances), La Bohème, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Tosca
Cimarosa. Ilmatrimonio segreto
Tchaikovsky. Jolanthe, Eugene Onegin (more than 100 performances)
Bizet. Carmen
Smetana. Prodaná nevesta
Menotti. The Consul
Rossini. Il barbiere di Siviglia (more than 100 performances), La Cenerentola, L’italiana in Algeri
Mozart. Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte

Donizetti. Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Pasquale
Bartók. Bluebeard’s Castle
Leoncavallo. Pagliacci
Schönberg. Melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, op 21
Verdi. Rigoletto (more than 100 performances), La Traviata (more than 100 performances), Il trovatore, Otello, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra, Un Ballo in Maschera
Nielsen. Masquerade

Delibes. Coppélia

Lehár. Die lustige Witwe (3 different stage versions, 289 performances), Der Graf von Luxemburg
Kálmán. Silva, Gräfin Maritza, Das Veilchen von Montmartre
Abraham. Ball im Savoy, Victoria und ihr Husar
Strauss. Die Fledermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron, Eine Nacht in Venedig, Wiener Blut
Millöcker. Der Bettelstudent
Zeller. Der Vogelhändler
Loewe. My Fair Lady
Leigh. Man Of La Mancha
Offenbach. La belle Héléne, La Périchole, Orphée aux enfers, La vie parisienne

Symphonies and concertos:
Tchaikovsky. Symphonies Nos 4, 5, and 6, concertos
Glazunoff. Saxophone Concerto, works for cello and orchestra
Ravel. Waltz, Daphnis and Chloe
Debussy. Prelude To the Afternoon of a Faun
Rossini. Overtures
Mozart. Symphonies, overtures, concertos
Schubert. Symphonies
Mendelssohn. Violin Concerto
Dvořák. Cello Concerto
Beethoven. Symphonies, concertos
Brahms. Symphonies Nos 2 and 4
Sibelius. Symphonies, Violin Concerto
Shostakovitch. Symphonies Nos 5 and 9
Prokofiev. Symphonies
Grieg. Piano Concerto
Schumann. Piano and cello concertos
Chopin. Piano concertos

Estonian composers: Eller, Pärt, Tüür, Kõrvits, Vähi, Tulve, Kangro, Sisask

player Debussy. Prelude To the Afternoon of a Faun, fragm, live rec, 112 sec, mp3
player Kálmán. Das Veilchen von Montmartre, Estonian National Opera, fragm, 95 sec, mp3

Press resonance

Endel Nõgene conducted Symphony No 5 by Tchaikovsky with a burning grip that gives evidence of his profound professionalism. Tartu Vanemuine Theatre has a good chief conductor fine-polished in Leningrad. (Seppo Heikiheimo, Helsingin Sanomat, 1993, Finland)

... the guest conductor put a special stress in bringing out Tchaikovsky’s fine sound-scapes. The Music Director of Tartu Vanemuine skilfully painted a musical picture of tender sensibility and a bursting temperament in Symphony No 5. Nõgene convincingly and consistently built up the symphony with his precise movements remaining analytically clear in achieving the final result. The mature orchestral sound was accompanied by rhythmic brightness that gave the whole work brilliant contours. (Walter Grampe, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung, 12.04.99, Germany)

Endel Nõgene is an amazingly good conductor! He has very precise and expressive movements that leave no room for empty gesticulating. The orchestra, truth to be told, ennobled by additional force from Tallinn, displayed extremely high musical culture under his baton. (Margo Kõlar, Sirp, Apr 1999, Estonia)

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Arvo Pärt, Andres Mustonen, Peeter Vähi, Galina Gregorieva and Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta in the focus of the festival ZERKALO V ZERKALE 2016 in Moscow. On October 1st, the International Music Day in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire took place the Gala Concert, a highlight of the festival. The programme included music by Pärt, Grigorieva and Vähi, and the performers were Denis Golubev (oboe), Nadezhda Tokareva (violin), Chamber Choir of Moscow Conervatory, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta and conductor Andres Mustonen.

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