HOLY MAGMA. Estonian Music Days

Heigo Rosin (© Kaupo Kikkas).

April 13, 2018 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

3rd concert in the MUSIC OF THE FUTURE series

Toivo Tulev
Three symphonies (premiere)

Age Veeroos
Skein of Thought (premiere)

Erkki-Sven Tüür
Symphony No. 4 Magma for Percussion and Symphony Orchestra

HEIGO ROSIN percussion
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The Estonian Music Days (EMD) has been the most important festival focusing on the work of Estonian composers since 1979. The main theme of the 2018 festival is HOLY. The EMD symphony concert has traditionally offered the joy of exploration and presented fascinating new compositions – this time by Age Veeroos and Toivo Tulev. Besides new pieces, the programme includes Erkki-Sven Tüür’s 2002 Symphony No. 4 Magma for percussion and symphony orchestra, with Heigo Rosin as soloist.

Regardless of his young age, Heigo Rosin has given concerts all over Europe and the United States, performing recitals and playing with numerous prestigious orchestras. In 2015, he was the first Estonian musician to be included in the prestigious Orpheum Advancement Programme for young soloists in Switzerland. In the same year, he was selected as leader of the World Percussion Group, followed by a five-week tour in the United States. From 2016, he has been a signature artist of the percussion manufacturer Malletech and of Sabian Cymbals. In 2017, he debuted in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

While Heigo Rosin has often played Erkki-Sven Tüür’s marimba concerto Ardor, the solo part in Magma, performed during the Estonian Music Days, is the first time he will perform this piece. Erkki-Sven Tüür: “The percussionist Heigo Rosin has deeply touched me. Besides his natural musicality and talent, I admire his focus and stamina, which allow him to perform even the most technically difficult works in a convincing and natural way. Every composer would like to experience such energetic and effortlessly passionate performances of his works.”

Risto Joost, laureate of the 5th Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in 2012 and the Nicolai Malko Competition in 2015, is a recognised conductor on opera and concert stages. He is the conductor of the Estonian National Opera, principal conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra from the 2012/13 season, artistic director of the MDR Leipzig Choir from the 2015/16 season, and from spring 2016 also the artistic director of the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra and the Birgitta Festival.

Tickets: 22 € / 16 €

Concert is produced by ENSO and Estonian Music Days


Presented by Nelja Energia

The “Music of the Future” concert series collaborates with three innovative cross-border music festivals: AFEKT International Modern Music Festival, Estonian Music Days and the ENSO end of season festival “Practical Spirituality”. The Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann mainly focuses on contemporary music that poses fascinating and complex challenges; Risto Joost is the multi-talented principal conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Leipzig MDR Radio Choir, the artistic director of the Tallinn Philharmonic Society and the Birgitta Festival and conductor of the Estonian National Opera.

Two concerts in the “Music of the Future” series will be conducted by Kristjan Järvi. The first, “I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain”, a composition by the German electronic musician Sven Helbig, will be performed by Voces Musicales and the composer himself. In December, Kristjan Järvi will conduct the performance of an extraordinary composition that combines economy with music. “Regular Crisis” is a film with a live soundtrack that has been called a cantata on the global economy. Appearing on a film screen set up in the Estonia Concert Hall, Steve Forbes, José Ángel Gurría, Manfred Bischoff and other key figures in global industry and finance share their thoughts on the current state and future vision of the economy. Tensions will be added and relieved by the music composed by Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner, Jonny Greenwood, Kristjan Järvi and others.

Friday 27 October 2017 – RITUALS: Opening concert of the AFEKT Festival, conductor BALDUR BRÖNNIMANN
Friday 1 December 2017 – REGULAR CRISIS, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Friday 13 April 2018 – HOLY MAGMA: Estonian Music Days, conductor RISTO JOOST
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – I EAT THE SUN AND DRINK THE RAIN, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, Voces Musicales, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI

Series tickets for the “Music of the Future” series: 55 € / 40 € (available until 25.10.2017)
Series tickets for the “Music of the Future” series are available upon buying a voucher with a code that can be used to obtain tickets to all four concerts in the series.