"The selections and the performances were so fine that they left you feeling like an ingrate, greedily hungry for more.” The New York Times
“so wondrously talented a group of singers… The selections and the performances were so fine that they left you feeling like an ingrate, greedily hungry for more.” The New York Times
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir North American Tour - The EPCC with the Tallinn Chamber Choir and founding conductor Tõnu Kaljuste.
The artistic team who started it all, return to further explore their sound world, with Arvo Pärt’s powerful Adam’s Lament, and new works by Estonians Tõnu Korvits (just out on ECM), Veljo Tormis, Erkki-SvenTüür, and Australian Brett Dean.
A sold-out Carnegie Hall classical choral concert doesn’t happen every day, but when the Estonian choir came to town in June 2014, they created just that. It was a culmination of sorts for these regular visitors to the most prestigious stages in the U.S. and Europe. When the EPCC landed in New York for its first North American tour in 1995, they were known only as the performers on the Grammynominated, best-selling CD of fellow-Estonian Arvo Pärt’s austere Te Deum. Ten tours later, they are welcome to sing whatever they like, at the most prestigious stages throughout North America, to a wide circle of fans, and with glowing reviews.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known choirs in the world. The EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, who was the artistic director and chief conductor for twenty years. In 2001–2007, the English musician Paul Hillier took over; between the years 2008–2013 the artistic director and chief conductor was Daniel Reuss. In the fall of 2014, Latvian Kaspars Putnins assumed the title of Artistic Director. The repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21th century, with a special focus on the work of Estonian composers (Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigoryeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve). Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts in Estonia and abroad. The EPCC has cooperated with a number of outstanding conductors and orchestras – Claudio Abbado, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Ward Swingle, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Nikolai Alekseyev, Olari Elts, Andrew Lawrence-King, Roland Böer, Frieder Bernius, Stephen Layton, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Poppen, Sir Colin Davis, Louis Langree, Paul McCreesh; with Norwegian, Australian, Lithuanian, Prague and Stuttgardt Chamber Orchestras, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Rundfunk Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen, Concerto Palatino, Salzburg Camerata, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, London Symphony Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra and with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Tallin Chamber Orchestra. The EPCC has been a welcome guest at numerous music festivals and outstanding venues all over the world, for instance at BBC Proms, Mozartwoche, Abu Gosh Music Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow Easter Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Salzburg Festspiele, Edinburgh International Festival, Festival Aix-enProvence, International Cervantino Festival, Vale of Glamorgan, Bergen International Festival, SchleswigHolstein Musik Festival, Sydney Opera House, Wiener Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center in New York etc. Another important aspect in the choir’s life is recording music (for ECM, Virgin Classics, Carus, Harmonia Mundi, Ondine), resulting in award-winning CDs. EPCC recordings have won twice GRAMMY-Award for Best Choral Performance: in 2007 for the album Arvo Pärt. Da Pacem (conductor Paul Hillier, Harmonia Mundi) and in 2014 Arvo Pärt. Adam’s Lament (conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, ECM). All in all, the choir has 14 Grammy nominations with the works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and the music of Nordic countries. The EPCC recordings have won also the award Diapason d’or, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Danish Music Award etc.