The annual Haapsalu Tchaikovsky Festival is taking place for the fifth time this summer. The Festival has proved its worth being an important part of both Haapsalu’s as well as Estonian summer, enriching the selection of cultural events in the beautiful resort town with high-level concerts. The Festival offers a diverse music programme where both professional musicians as well as curious holidaymakers can find something captivating to their taste.

There are ten different events held during the four days, that range from a ballet gala and a theatre performance to a spectacular children’s concert. The Festival continues to work closely with the local museums of Lääne County in order to offer audience members an exciting additional activity in Haapsalu: guided walking tours on Tchaikovsky’s trails, morning yoga classes amongst others are to be expected.

The highlights of the Festival are the performances of the Latvian National Ballet, Dmitry Sinkovsky with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the open-air concert of the legendary Terem Quartet from Russia in the beautiful courtyard of Haapsalu Castle. Furthermore, several other inspiring music events are held in Haapsalu’s cosy concert venues.

The Festival is taking place thanks to the close cooperation of Haapsalu City Government and Foundation Eesti Kontsert.

FESTIVAL

PROGRAMME

Thu, 1 July
at 6 pm

UUEMÕISA MANOR

The Stars of Classical Music

The Festival is introduced by remarkable young musicians who are already familiar from both the TV screen and the concert stages.

Programme of brilliant chamber music.

Thu, 1 July
at 8 pm

HAAPSALU ST. JOHN'S CHURCH

“From Venice to St. Petersburg``

Tallinn Guitar Quartet:
Kirill Ogorodnikov
Saskia Kiting
Vahur Kubja
Sulo Kiivit

Programme: Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov

The music of “The Nutcracker” – one of the world’s most beloved ballets performed by four acoustic guitars; complemented by Italian and Mediterranean music allegedly also praised by Tchaikovsky.

Fri, 2 July
at 6 pm

HAAPSALU CULTURAL CENTRE

Swan Flight Ballet Gala

Latvian National Ballet

Artistic director Aivars Leimanis

 

The ballet gala presents the pearls from Tchaikovsky’s ballets, and the beauty and poetry of contemporary classical ballet praised by audiences. We are proud to present the best artists of the Latvian National Ballet in Haapsalu.

Fri, 2 July
at 9 pm

HAAPSALU CATHEDRAL

``Serenade``

Dmitry Sinkovsky (violin, conductor)

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Programme: Mozart, Tchaikovsky

The former collaborations in-between Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Dmitry Sinkovsky have inspired both musicians, audiences and critics alike.

Countertenor, violinist and conductor Dmitry Sinkovsky is a phenomenal musician who works daily with the world’s most renowned soloists and orchestras.

“Virtuosity, elegance, richness of expression, imagination – nothing is missing in his music.” (Le Monde)

In collaboration with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Fri, 2 July
at 11 pm

HAAPSALU CULTURAL CENTRE

Night concert ``Jazzkovsky``

Joel Remmel Trio:

Joel Remmel (piano)

Heikko Remmel (double bass)

Ramuel Tafenau (percussion)

Programme: Tchaikovsky. “The Children’s Album”

Joel Remmel Trio is a welcome performer on many jazz stages. Undeniably great young musicians are known for their wonderful arrangements. Today, the new approach to Tchaikovsky’s “Children’s Album” will be premiered. This music, having a nostalgic impact on many, presents unexpected and colourful new emotion.

Sat, 3 July
at 6 pm

HAAPSALU ST. JOHN'S CHURCH

``Valse sentimentale``

Theodor Sink (cello)
Momir Novakovic (accordion)

Programme: Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky ao.

The young virtuosos combine the emotional nuances of Astor Piazzolla’s work and Russian music. Tonight, the unusual sound combination of the instruments presents historical forms of music and a forward-looking sound culture.

Sat, 3 July
at 8 pm

HAAPSALU CASTLE COURTYARD

Terem Quartet

Andrey Konstantinov (soprano domra)
Andrey Smirnov (bayan)
Alexey Borschev (alto domra)
Vladimir Kudryavtsev (double bass balalaika)

The Terem Quartet has focused the unprecedented attention to Russian folk instruments. The music of the Terem Quartet is passionate and lively, live performances are theatrical and interactive with audiences. The musicians put their soul into performance, so nothing is left in reserve. This way, the world is always a better place after each concert.

Each member of the ensemble is also a composer, arranger and improviser, but groups´ original music is a collaboration.

“For those not familiar with this fantastic ensemble, the first encounter with the Terem Quartet is like a strike of a lightning – a dazzling, huge energy storm and high virtuosity take the audiences to yet undiscovered places.” (fRoots)

“The members of the ensemble present their instruments throughout their colour palette, and the musicians perform as if the sky is open to the listener.” (Leidsch Dagblad)

Sat, 3 July
at 11 pm

HAAPSALU CATHEDRAL

Night concert. Rachmaninov ``All-Night Vigil``

Voces Tallinn
Conductor Risto Joost

Programme: Rachmaninov. “All-Night Vigil” (Всенощное бдение, op. 37)

“All-Night Vigil” is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of composer Sergey Rachmaninov and also one of the highest achievements of the music of the Russian Orthodox Church. The work was composed in the winter of 1915 as a cappella choral work. One third of it is the composer’s original music which is combined with Orthodox sacred music of different traditions.

The work contains texts of three worship services, known in the Roman Catholic Church as “Evening Prayers”, “Morning Prayers” and “The First Hour”. Rachmaninov’s personal favourite was the fifth part of the piece using the exceptionally low vocal bass (basso profundo) typical of Russian sacred music.

Sun, 4 July
at 12 pm

HAAPSALU CULTURAL CENTRE

Concert for children ``The Carnival of Animals``

The small ensemble of Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Kärt Ruubel and Johan Randvere (piano)
Conductor Xandi van Dijk

Programme: Camille Saint-Saëns “The Carnival of Animals”

The imaginative suite of the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns presents us a royal lion, chickens and roosters, graceful swan gliding on the iridescent surface, colourful fish floating in the depths of the water, turtles, elephants, kangaroos, some agile long-eared characters, and many others.

The stage consists of a small ensemble of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, South African-born viola player and conductor Xandi van Dijk, and pianists Kärt Ruubel and Johan Randvere.

 In collaboration with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Sun, 4 July
at 4 pm

UUEMÕISA MANOR

Theatre performance ``If only there wasn’t that forest in the way``

The performance on the life and work by Russian composer Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Written by Urmas Lennuk
Directed by Eili Neuhaus
Design by Irina Marjapuu
Featuring actors from Rakvere Theatre: Ülle Lichtfeldt, Eduard Salmistu and Madis Mäeorg and Margareth Villers (Rakvere Music School)

His creative burning, constant self-search, painful contradictions in his time and his frantic passion for music and creation -it’s inspiring in every era. In this a little bit Chekhov style love story there can be found comic elements, great feelings, human longing, and tragic pain.

Performed in two parts, lasting two and a half hours.

FESTIVAL

ARTISTS

Stars of Classical Music 2020
Stars of Classical Music 2020
young musicians
The Stars of Classical Music 2020 are young musicians, who have introduced themselves both on television as well as in the concert halls: Tähe-Lee Liiv (piano), Mirjam Avango (clarinet), Kristjan-Jaanek Mölder (baritone), Toomas Oskar Kahur (tuba), Helin Hallik (guitar), Karl Tipp (saxophone), Siret Sui (flute), Triinu Piirsalu (violin). In addition to the title, they have also won numerous awards in national and international competitions. We can be certain that in the future these eight talents will be noble representatives of Estonian classical music at home as well as on the stages of the world.
Tallinn Guitar Quartet
Tallinn Guitar Quartet
ensemble
The Tallinn Guitar Quartet unites four accomplished classical guitarists: Kirill Ogorodnikov, Saskia Kiting, Vahur Kubja, Sulo Kiivit. The quartet was formed in 2019 and has since performed in a concert series by the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians and at the Tallinn Guitar Festival. The Tallinn Guitar Quartet collaborates with composers to enrich the repertoire of Estonian guitar music. Estonian composers such as René Eespere and Marianna Liik have created new works for them. The leader Kirill Ogorodnikov is talented in making arrangements for the quartet - we can let the music speak for itself at the ensemble's concert in St. John's Church in Haapsalu.
Latvian National Ballet
Latvian National Ballet
ballet
The almost hundred-year history of the Latvian National Ballet has close ties with the finest traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet. This is where internationally acclaimed ballet stars Mikhail Baryshnikov, Māris Liepa and Alexandr Godunov started their journey. Currently the repertoire of the Latvian National Ballet includes both the pearl of classical ballet and performances by contemporary choreographers. Aivars Leimanis has been the artistic director of the troupe since 1993.
Dmitry Sinkovsky
Dmitry Sinkovsky
conductor/violinist/countertenor
Dmitry Sinkovsky is a rare combination of conductor, violinist and countertenor, who intertwines these three sides with deep musical awareness, boundless energy and amazing technique. The combination of Russian virtuosity and Italian cantabile results in electrifying performances. Sinkovsky collaborates with the most prestigious soloists and orchestras. He has founded an orchestra performing on historical instruments -La Voce Strumentale, which is gaining worldwide recognition. Sinkovsky plays on a violin, made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1675, on a kind loan by Jumpstart Jr. Foundation.
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
orchestra
The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra is one of the Estonia’s signature orchestras and a sought-after guest performer on numerous stages around the world. The orchestra has gained recognition for its artistry and repertoire choices, style-sensitive play and mastery of interpretation. The artistic director of the orchestra is Tõnu Kaljuste. The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra has made many acclaimed recordings with the record company ECM and other labels that mark the highest quality in the world of classical music. The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra is an excellent ambassador of Estonian music in the world.
Joel Remmel Trio
Joel Remmel Trio
ensemble
Joel Remmel Trio consists of prominent jazz musicians of the younger generation in Estonia: Joel Remmel (piano), Heikko Remmel (double bass) and Ramuel Tafenau (percussion). During the past ten years, the trio has mostly performed their own compositions and released their fifth album ``Spring`` in 2021. Joel Remmel Trio has had great collaborations with various soloists and orchestras, and has been well received both in Estonia and abroad.
Theodor Sink
Theodor Sink
cellist
Estonian cellist Theodor Sink is a versatile artist who performs as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestra member. From the season 2017/2018, he is the principal cellist of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, he received the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowments of Estonia for his outstanding work as a soloist and an orchestra musician. He is also a member of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians and in December 2020, he received the award „Artist of the Year” for high-level performances as a soloist and chamber musician and for his contribution in the creative work as a principal cellist in the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. He performs on an Auguste Sébastien Bernardel (Père) cello (1842), on a generous loan from the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments.
Momir Novakovic
Momir Novakovic
accordionist
Momir Novakovic is an accordionist from Serbia, based in Estonia. As a renowned soloist and chamber musician on world stages, he performs works by contemporary composers. In Estonia, Novakovic plays in the ensembles Tallinn Accordion Trio, Nortango and others.
Terem Quartet
Terem Quartet
ensemble
Terem Quartet's amazing virtuosity, breath-taking musicality, awe-inspiring artistry and original music arrangements have made the quartet a symbol and the best representative of St. Petersburg and Russian folk music culture. The quartet has raised Russian folk instruments to unprecedented heights. The repertoire includes more than 500 musical pieces – original transcriptions, and paradoxical fantasies based on popular themes from classical and modern music as well as folklore, jazz and soundtracks from famous films. It is an Ensemble, in which each musician is simultaneously a composer, arranger and improviser but where the music is crafted by their joint creativity.
Voces Tallinn
Voces Tallinn
choir
Twenty-year-old Voces Tallinn is one of Estonia's leading choirs, which collaborates with well-known conductors, soloists and orchestras both at home and abroad. The choir has stood out with its exceptionally meaningful and demanding programmes and has gained recognition both in competitions and for its activities as a whole. Voces Tallinn won the 2015 Cultural Endowment's Annual Award for high-level concerts that have enriched musical scene in Estonia. The Estonian Choir Association has repeatedly named Voces Tallinn the Choir of the Year. Voces Tallinn has created a lovely tradition of concerts around New-Years-Eve’s celebrations, where large-scale music history milestone works are performed.
Risto Joost
Risto Joost
conductor
Conductor Risto Joost has gained a wider recognition for his work both in the opera pit and on concert stage. His international career as a conductor gained momentum after the awards of the Malko and Jorma Panula conducting competitions. He has collaborated with many European orchestras and choirs, participating in numerous festivals and premiered many new works by Estonian composers. Most recently, Tõnu Kõrvits’ ``Moorland Elegies`` recording for Ondine with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Joost founded the Voces Musicales Chamber Choir (Voces Tallinn since 2020) in 1999 and was the chief conductor for the first ten seasons; he has been the artistic advisor since 2014. Currently he is the chief conductor and the creative director of the Vanemuine Theatre, the conductor of the Estonian National Opera and works with many outstanding European orchestras.
Kärt Ruubel
Kärt Ruubel
pianist
Pianist Kärt Ruubel is a soloist and a passionate chamber musician working mainly in Germany and Estonia. Her varied repertoire selection for recitals offer listening from Bach to contemporary composers, with a particular emphasis on lesser-known works. As a soloist, she has performed with several orchestras and participated in various different ensembles at prestigious festivals.
Johan Randvere
Johan Randvere
pianist
Pianist Johan Randvere is one of the brightest musicians of his generation, who has received recognition and awards at a young age. Randvere has given numerous concerts in Estonia as well as in Europe and North America. In addition to his solo activities and numerous chamber music projects, he is a respected piano teacher. Johan Randvere is also a singer of the ensemble Heinavanker.
Xandi van Dijk
Xandi van Dijk
conductor
The charismatic and respected conductor Xandi van Dijk is a rising star. More widely, he is known as one of the most versatile viola players and leading chamber musicians, a founding member of the internationally acclaimed string quartet - Signum Quartet. Xandi van Dijk is a frequent guest at the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Bremen German Chamber Orchestra, Paris Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian Festival Orchestra.

FESTIVAL GUIDE

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Where to eat

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CONTACT

TUULI METSOJA
Producer
tuuli.metsoja@concert.ee
ANDRI MAIMETS
Press and accreditation
andri.maimets@concert.ee
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Information and group bookings
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