Lepo Sumera and Neeme Järvi.

May 8, 2020 at 6 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (pre-concert event CANCELLED)
May 8, 2020 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (CANCELLED)

4th concert of the PIANO CONCERTO series

Anton Rubinstein
Piano Concerto No. 2   40′

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Serenade A Little Night Music (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)   18′

Lepo Sumera
Symphony No. 2   20′

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Neeme Järvi (© Kaupo Kikkas).

Neeme Järvi, the principal conductor and artistic director of ENSO, and Anna Shelest, the internationally renowned pianist currently living in New York, will continue to perform and record Rubinstein’s piano concertos with ENSO. Shelest has been praised for her ‘fiery sensitivity and warm sound’ and her excellent partnership with orchestras (New York Times).




Anna Shelest.

Anna Shelest, born in Kharkiv, debuted with the Kharkiv Symphony Orchestra when she was only 12, and she has a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York. Shelest has performed at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, Washington Kennedy Centre, Wiener Konzerthaus, and many others. Additionally, she has soloed with many famous orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she regularly performs solo and chamber concerts around the world. From time to time, she is accompanied by his husband, the pianist Dmitri Shelest, with whom they recorded the album Ukrainian Rhapsody. On the newest recording, which will soon be released, however, Anna Shelest performs piano music by female composers from the last three centuries.

Last time, she performed for the Estonian audience with Piano Concerto No. 5 by Rubinstein. This time, she will perform Piano Concerto No. 2. Rubinstein was one of the most famous pianists of the nineteenth century, whose virtuous performances have been compared to Ferenc Liszt. Rubinstein was a very productive composer who played an active part in the music world. Additionally, he was the founder of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. His piano concertos have been said to be examples of the works in the same genre by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

Lepo Sumera (© Tõnu Tormis).

The second half of the concert is dedicated to Lepo Sumera, an outstanding Estonian composer, teacher, the chairman of the composers’ union, and the minister of culture. 8 May 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of his birthday and 2 June 2020 will mark the passing of 20 years since his death. After Mozart’s A Little Night Music, Sumera’s Symphony No. 2 will be performed, which was completed in 1984 and dedicated to Peeter Lilje, the principal conductor of ENSO at the time. The second of the composer’s six symphonies has been played most on concert stages, including several times during ENSO’s foreign tours and by foreign orchestras. Additionally, it has been recorded on several occasions.

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PIANO CONCERTO concert series

I: CHOPIN & OHLSSON, December 6, 2019

II: LISZT & BERLIOZ,  January 10, 2020

III: BOTSTEIN & DVOŘÁK, February 28, 2020

IV: JÄRVI & SUMERA, May 8, 2020