Today, on 7th of April 2018 the cornerstone was laid for the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre’s (EAMT) new concert hall complex, which will feature a main hall with a capacity of 480 people, a blackbox theatre seating 130, and 21 new classrooms. The state of the art building that costs nearly 12 million euros will be ready by EAMT’s centenary next September.
The participants in the afternoon ceremony today were Minister of Education and Culture Mailis Reps, Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and the Academy Rector, Professor Ivari Ilja. For posterity, a time capsule emblazoned with the EAMT logo was installed in the cornerstone. The contents of the metal cylinder are: daily newspapers with today’s date, the blueprints of the new building, a silver postage stamp and souvenir coins of the country’s centenary and a tuning fork.
Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps called the occasion a chance to rejoice for the school community and all music aficionados as well as the general public, because the new building will feature the concert hall with the best acoustics and the most up to date technology in Estonia.“I hope that the creative muse will find its way to this building too and inspire students in their studies and performers at concerts,” said Reps.
"The new building and the significantly broader possibilities for provision of education represent the start of a new chapter in the history of EAMT. It is very important for Estonian musical culture that the reach of international projects and research is broadening, the academy will make it on to the world educational map as an even more powerful symbol, appealing to music students and teachers across the world,” said Minister of Culture Indrek Saar.
The Rector of EAMT, prof. Ivari Ilja said he was pleased that after 20 years of patient waiting the conservatory would finally get its own concert hall, which was not built concurrently with the academic complex. “The state of the art complex to be completed for the academy’s centenary is indispensable for future top-level musicians and actors, allowing them, without leaving their alma mater, to gain as direct an experience as possible on the big stage, to be able to master acoustic particularities, to feel the heat of the klieg lights,” emphasised Ilja.“There is no concert hall with nearly 500 seats in Tallinn; so the new building will fill that gap as well.The complex is also good news for theatre-goers, because the EAMT symphony orchestra, top musicians from home and abroad, actors and directors, academy teaching staff and doyens of the international music scene teaching master classes in Tallinn will also use the performance venues.”
The central part of the 6,100-square-metre building will be the 480-seat concert hall, which is four storeys high from floor to ceiling and is best suited for classical music, although other musical styles will also find a home here. The 130-seat black box theatre rises three storeys and will be used by drama students and jazz musicians. The five-storey building with a lookout basement level will house 21 classrooms, including a multimedia studio and jazz lab.
EAMT Administrative Director Ott Maaten says all levels of the complex will be connected to the main building next door. “The concert hall with two balconies is the most important and biggest space and is located in the middle of the building. It can be accessed from the main building and also has a separate entrance from Sakala Street, so that the hall could be used flexibly for both teaching activity and events,” said Maaten. “The hall complex will be stylistically similar to the EAMT main building and the interior design will follow the conservative aesthetics of the building, characterised by dominant use of natural materials and primary colours. As this will be Estonia’s newest concert venue, the acoustics take into account the experiences of all previous concert halls.”
The EAMT concert hall complex was engineered by AS Resand. The architects were Toivo Tammik and Mart Rõuk from the architectural design office Ansambel, and the interior architecture in the performance venues is by Aivar Oja from FraDisain OÜ. The acoustics project is by Linda Madalik in collaboration with the Danish acoustics office of Gade&Mortensen Akustik. Construction will be performed by Nordlin Ehitus AS and the owner’s supervision will be carried out by Tallinna Linnaehituse AS. The construction of the complex is being funded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the European Regional Development Fund and EMTA.
On Tuesday, March 13 at 14.00–17.30 takes place in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tatari 13) Organ Hall (A-404) the V Conference of Doctoral Students (Creative Branch). Conference is in English.
Theodore Parker - Free Improvisation: Researching the Acoustic Space
Saale Fischer - Time in Service of a Rhetorical Performance
Kristiina Are - Possibilities of Textural Dynamics in Basso continuo Realization: The Rhythm
Iryna Gorkun-Silén(Sibelius Academy, Helsinki) - French Flute School from the End of the Nineteenth Century
Marie-Helen Aavakivi - The Repertoire and Performance Style of Estonian Violinists in the 1930s
Naiara de la Puente Vadillo(Sibelius Academy, Helsinki) - The Accordion; Instrument of the 20th Century. Accordion Meets Composers
On 12 March 2018 at 12.00 (14:00 Armenian time) the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in cooperation with the Yerevan State Conservatoire, ASNET-AM and EENet will hold EaPConnect-supported master class on Armenian and Estonian national instruments, duduk and kannel.
The event will be introduced by Yuri Shoukourian, Vice-President of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and Kristina Lillemets, Head of the Estonian EENet. The welcome speeches will be held by Arkadi Avanesov, Vice-Rector of the Yerevan State Conservatoire, and by Henry-David Varema, Vice-Rector of the EAMT. The opening speeches will be followed by master classes, first on the Estonian Kannel given by Kristi Mühling and then on the Armenian Duduk by Emmanuel Hovhannisyan. The event will end by a short session of questions and answers followed by a discussion on further collaboration.
You can get acquainted with the exact schedule of the event here.
On Friday, 16th of February at 10:00 (A402) Cultural Masters have a pleasure of hosting one of the top scholars in the field of arts marketing - professor Francois Colbert (HEC Montréal). He will analyse the main characteristics of marketing in the arts and examine a certain number of behaviours of consumers together with their influence on the reality of arts organizations.
More information about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/183796769053139/
François Colbert is among top scholars in arts marketing in the world having published close to 200 works and being one of the most cited author in his discipline. He is a professor of marketing and holder of the Carmelle and Rémi Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management. He currently is coordinator of the joint Master of Management in International Arts Management (HEC, SMU, Bocconi), Head of the field Marketing and Management of Arts and Cultural Industries at the PhD program, Founding Editor and Editor-in- Chief of the International Journal of Arts Management, published by the Chair in Arts Management. He also is member of the Editorial Board of City, Culture and Society (an Elsevier publication).
On Tuesday, 6 February at 16.15 in A-402 pianist Sten Lassmann, graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and lecturer of the Piano Department of the EAMT will give a seminar "The criteria of truth in the musical text - a performers view” .
The seminar will address the following:
The art of interpretation is based on higher musical literacy, that is not merely reading and acting out the musical score, but rather trying to reinvoke the music. If in the earlier centuries pitch and rhythm were sufficient for marking down a musical work, then starting from around 1800 increasingly detailed tempo, dynamic and articulation markings started to appear in the scores. These developments are related to the basic concepts of romantic aesthetics and philosophy such as individual self-expression and the autonomy or originality of the work of art. The musician now had a chance to observe the ever more precise prescriptions of the composer, which seemingly help to better understand and convey the true „nature“ or „idea“ of the musical work. In the 20th century many composers, most famously Stravinsky, stressed that the musical work is merely an „object“ and the duty of the player is not to „interpret“ but rather to perform the work according to the score, to „execute“ it. The Laboratory of Interpretation aims to look beyond the various styles, eras and performance traditions and to analyse what could be the aesthetic fundamentals and practical skills of a musician facing the musical text.
The entrance is free and everyone, especially the international students of the EAMT, is warmly welcome to attend!
On 7.-8. February 2018 EAMT students have the opportunity to participate in seminars held by experienced artistic and strategic consultant in classical music - Andreas Vierziger.During two days he takes under a microscope interdisciplinarity of cultural project and self management of artists.
EMTA students are welcome to participate in annual competition for student projects, that aims to support students entrepreneurial skills. Best three ideas are awarded with scholarship (award fund is 800€). The deadline for project drafts is February 13, 2018.
Preliminary project plan has to include:
The title and purpose of the project;
Summary, target group, preliminary budget and expected outcomes of the project;
Responsible organiser of the project, team and potential partners
The committee will select the most promising ideas. These ideas/teams will be participating in the 4-months Creative Business Development programme (on Tuesdays at 5 p.m from 20.02.2018). The jury will assess the developed ideas again in the end of May and best projects will be granted a scholarship in order to implement the idea. Prize fund is 800 €.
The Competition Committee will prefer sustainable creative projects and business ideas with specific output. Students of all levels (BA, MA, and Doctoral degree) are welcome to submit their ideas to the competition.
Competition Committee selects winners according to the terms and conditions of the competition. The selected projects have to be implemented during one calendar year after the competition; the projects have to be publicly introduced as being held under the aegis of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the winners of competition must follow the requirements of the competition rules.
The deadline for submitting projects is on February 13, 2018.
Projects have to be submitted electronically to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in Estonian or in English.
Information: Kaari Kiitsak-Prikk, email@example.com, room B228 (Centre of Cultural Management and Humanities)
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.