Head of the Department, Associate Professor Arvo Leibur
(violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar, kannel)
The main strength of the Strings Department is its versatility – strong traditions and a theoretical knowledge of the performing arts on the one hand, and links to contemporary performing practices on the other. The faculty members include experienced professors such as Mari Tampere-Bezrodny, Kaupo Olt, Peeter Paemurru, Mare Teearu and Urmas Vulp, as well as performing concert artists of the younger generation: Kristina Kriit, associate principal of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra; Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin, acclaimed soloist and chamber musician; Arvo Leibur, concertmaster of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Triin Ruubel, soloist and concertmaster of Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Henry-David Varema, principal cellist of the Estonian National Opera Orchestra and internationally renowned chamber musician; Mati Lukk, principal double bass of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; as well as Heiki Mätlik, guitarist, recording artist and author of international repute. In addition to individual lessons, ensemble and orchestra practice, studies are also enriched by regular master classes by specialists in their own field and opportunities to participate in different projects and perform together with professional musicians.