Professor Ivari Ilja elected to be the next rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Professor Ilja received 30 votes in the 55-strong electoral council in the first round of elections for rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on Wednesday May 3rd.
Candidates for the position were professor Ivari Ilja of the Piano Department, professor Kerri Kotta of the Musicology Department, professor Marje Lohuaru of Instrumental Chamber Music Centre and professor Toomas Vavilov of the Brass and Woodwind Department.
The rector is elected for a term of five years by the electoral council, which comprises the members of the EAMT council, the Board of Governors, professors and lead research fellows whose work load is at least 0.5 and student representatives named by the the student council.
Professor Ivari Ilja has been a member of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre faculty since 1986 and held the position of Head of the Piano Department from 2000 to 2015.
He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Association of Professional Musicians and Member of the Board of the Estonian Music Council.
Professor Ilja's term as rector will begin on 1th September 2017.
Ivari Ilja studied the piano at the Tallinn State Conservatoire with Professor Laine Mets and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire with Professor Vera Gornostayeva and Professor Sergey Dorensky.
Ivari Ilja is an internationally recognized pianist, accompanist and ensemble musician. His collaboration with renowned singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Irina Arkhipova, Maria Guleghina and Elena Zaremba has been particularly successful and acclaimed. Together they have performed many of the great concert stages of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall of New York, The Kennedy Center of Washington, Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, La Scala in Milan, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, the great halls of St. Peterburg Philharmonic and Moscow Conservatory, Staatsoper Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Suntory Hall of Tokyo, Musikverein of Vienna and Mozarteum of Salzburg.
Ivari Ilja has also held solo recitals in France, United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Finland and performed as a soloist with several symphony orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra etc.
His repertoire mostly consists of romantic music, primarily of the works by Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, but also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten and others.
Since 2003, he has repeatedly toured with great Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in USA, Europe, Hong-Kong, Japan and elsewhere.
From 28 to 30 April H. Eller Tartu Music College will be hosting the International Student Chamber Music Festival that features the young, talented and vibrant chamber music ensembles from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Warsaw F. Chopin Music University and N. Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. In frames of the Festival chamber music master classes, given by the guest professors from the above mentioned universities, will also take place. Yet the most important part of the Festival are the concerts, all together three:
In the opening concert on 28 April at 7 p.m. the ensembles of the EAMT and Warsaw F. Chopin Music University will appear followed by the String Quartet of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre on 29 April at 4 p.m. The final concert of the Festival on 30 April at 4 p.m. will include different groups from J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and N. Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. All three concerts will take place in the Tubin Hall of H. Eller Tartu Music College, the entrance is free.
The International Student Chamber Music Festival looks back on a very long, solid tradition dating back to 1966 as inter-republican piano trio competition designed to take place in Estonia on the initiative of the Students' Science Association. The competition with the invited guest students from Latvian, Belorussian and Moldavian music academies took place in Tõravere Observatory, located about 21 km from Tartu. In order to avoid the performance related anxieties, the competition has since developed into the chamber music festival of Baltic Academies of Music, thanks largely to the hard work and initiative of Prof. Villem Reimann. The festival was held in Tallinn for the first time in 1975 and besides Baltic academies of music, students from the Gnessins' Moscow Musical Pedagogical Institute also participated. Over the two decades the festival took place nearly every year by turns in Tallinn, Riga or Vilnius. Soon after the political events in the early 90's the festival expanded beyond the geographical borders of the three Baltic countries and took place in some of the following years in Helsinki (1993), Berlin (1995), Stockholm (1998) and Stuttgart (2009). Starting with 1995 master classes enriched the programme. Although the number of invited guests has grown up – through the years the students and teachers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Russia have participated – the students from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian music academies have always taken part in all the festivals.
Consultations for applicants for doctoral studies in music and dramatic art with regard to the preparation of research projects will be held on:
April 5 from 14.30 C-209
April 10 from 18.00 C-209
May 9 from 16.30 C-207
Jaanus Siniväli and Kristin Kuldkepp, EAMT students on the CoPeCo joint masters programme, will perform two concerts at Tallinn Music Week: 31 March at 2 PM at Telliskivi Reval Cafe City Stage and 1 April at 9 PM at Klassikaraadio Contemporary Music Stage in Mustpeade Maja.
Jaanus Siniväli is a double bass player and performer with interest in DIY electronics and electronic music, which has led to the simultaneous use of double bass and modular synthesizer. He is active in playing contemporary music and free improvisation. In the CoPeCo programme her main interest lies in functionality-, game nature- and context of music in their various manifestations.
Kristin Kuldkepp is a double bass player who has dedicated herself to the contemporary music and free improvisation. In the CoPeCo programme she is working on connecting body-movements while playing the double bass with the sound through live-electronic setup using different movement sensors.
The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is recruiting for the following positions
(from September 1, 2017):
Professor of harpsichord (workload 0.5)
2 Associate Professors of piano (workload 1.0)
Lecturer of piano (workload 0.5)
Lecturer of violin (workload 0.5)
Brass and Woodwind Department
Associate Professor of saxophone (workload 0.25)
Associate Professor of trumpet (workload 0.25)
Lecturer of voice (workload 1.0)
Lecturer of voice training (workload 1.0)
Lecturer of voice training (workload 0.75)
Professor of choir conducting (workload 1.0)
Lecturer of choir conducting (workload 1.0)
Jazz Music Department
Associate Professor of jazz (workload 0.75)
Assistant of jazz music (pianist-accompanist) (workload 0.25)
Professor of composition (workload 0.75)
Lecturer of electro-acoustic composition (workload 0.75)
Lecturer of electro-acoustic composition (workload 0.5)
Lecturer of audio-visual composition (workload 0.75)
Professor of musicology (workload 1.0)
Institute of Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
Professor of early keyboard music (workload 1.0)
Associate Professor of singing for actors (workload 0.25)
Centre for Instrumental Chamber Music
Professor of chamber music (workload 1.0)
Associate Professor of chamber music (workload 0.75)
Centre for Vocal Chamber Music and Accompaniment
Associate Professor of accompaniment (workload 0.5)
All documents (including application, CV, documents proving the education and qualification) should be postmarked by April 28, 2017 and addressed to: The Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tatari 13, 10116 Tallinn, Estonia. The documents could also be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applications must be signed by the applicant (by hand, electronically or scanned). For additional information please e-mail to email@example.com
Regulations for recruitment for academic positions at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
The director of Orpheus Institute (Ghent) Peter Dejans is visiting Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on 13 and 14 March 2017. On Monday, 13 March Peter Dejans will give a seminar on artistic research aimed at Academy's staff involved in research supervision.
On 14 March the 4th doctoral student conference will take place. In addition to EAMT's doctoral students of artistic branch (Jonathan Henderson, Maria Korepanova, Vlady Bystrov), PhD students from Finland and Georgia will participate. Coordinator of doctoral studies at the Sibelius Academy Margus Kuikka and violin professor Mieko Kanno are visiting as well. The conference will start at 14.00 in the organ hall (A-404).
This event has been supported by the project EMTASTRA (European Regional Development Fund).
Our warmest congratulations go to pianist Mantas Šernius from Prof. Ivari Ilja's class, who was awarded the Yamaha scholarship of 1000€.
The scholarship competition took place on 27 February in the Chamber hall of the EAMT in participation of 17 full time piano students. The jury assessing the competition consisted of Associated Professor Mati Mikalai, lecturer Mihkel Poll and Professor Helin Kapten.
The Drama School of EAMT is the largest theatre school in Estonia, where actors, directors and dramaturgy students are trained. As Estonians are considered to be ‘theatre people’, Drama School has always had an important place in Estonian culture, and events taking place at the school are at the centre of the public’s attention.