Rein Rannap & Ainārs Rubiķis

April 29, 2011 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Vasks – “Credo” (Estonian premiere)
Rannap – “Concerto grosso in uno movimento”
Tamberg – “Ballet-Symphony”, Op. 10

Rein Rannap (celesta and harpsichord)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Ainārs Rubiķis

Ainārs Rubiķis attracted international attention in 2010 as winner of the Third International Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg, where the jury’s decision was described as “a vote for truth and substance”. The Latvian conductor emerged from strong competition to take the prestigious competition’s first prize: “I am absolutely delighted that Ainārs has won this year’s Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition,” observed Jonathan Nott, Principal Conductor of Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and president of the Mahler Conducting Competition jury. “This year, as with Gustavo Dudamel in 2004, we have found an exceptional conductor.”

In 2010 he made his UK début with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, his further débuts will be with Duisburg and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestras, Heidelberg Symphony and Orchestre du Pays de la Loire as well as several return visits to Bamberg Symphony and ongoing commitments with Kremerata Baltica and Latvian National Opera. Recent highlights include most successful concerts with Kremerata Baltica in Latvia and at the 2010 Lockenhaus Festival with Gidon Kremer – he also conducted Bamberg Symphony chamber orchestra in the Mahler Festival. Future plans include débuts with Oslo and Brussels Philharmonic orchestras, Northern Sinfonia and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Riga, Rubikis enrolled to study at the Emil Darzins School – Latvia’s leading institution for outstanding young musicians. Here, he studied piano and violin and also sang in the choir of Riga Cathedral, going onto the Cathedral’s choir school. He later studied at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy for a degree in choral conducting and pursued postgraduate studies in orchestral conducting with Andris Vecumnieks, and also participated in masterclasses with Maris Jansons and Zsolt Nagy. In 2002 he was awarded Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s special prize as best conductor.

From 2000 to 2005, he served as Artistic Director of the long-established Dziesmuvara, the University of Latvia chamber choir, before working as Assistant Conductor and a member of the Latvian Radio Choir from 2006 until 2010. He works with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, the Latvian National Opera orchestra and the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 he was appointed an Assistant Conductor at Latvian National Opera. His credits there include conducting Don Giovanni and Zauberflöte and assisting Cornelius Meister in the company’s acclaimed staging of Siegfried. This season he conducts several further performances of Don Giovanni.

Eino Tamberg’s Ballet-Symphony and Concerto Grosso, created a few years earlier, definitely belong to the highlights of Estonian music of the 1950s. The premiere of Ballet-Symphony took place in Staatstheater Schwerin in GDR on 10 March 1960 conducted by Kurt Masur; in the autumn of the same year its production at Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu caused a sensation; shortly afterwards Ballet-Symphony was staged by the Latvian and Estonian Operas. In the author’s own words, Ballet-Symphony describes a day full of emotions and impressions in the life of a lively and open-minded young girl.

Rein Rannap’s Concerto grosso in uno movimento, with the provisional title Youth Concerto, was commissioned in 1980 by the then Estonian Radio Chamber Orchestra and their conductor Paul Mägi. Eight years later the work was performed under Neeme Järvi’s conduction in the United States. Like at the earlier performances of the concerto, the parts of the celesta and the harpsichord are played by the author himself. “Naturally, it includes all the main features of my mode of expression: clarity, simplicity (up to deliberate naiveté), pleasant sound, melodiousness, intonations of folk and rock. The piece is based on the examples of Baroque music, but there are also influences from Mike Oldfield – the endless swirl of dance, varying stanzas of song.” (Rein Rannap)

Concert is produced by ERSO

Tickets: 11.50 € (180 EEK), 7.67 € (120 EEK) / 4.47 € (70 EEK)