Estonian Association of Professional Musicians presents: Indrek Vau (trumpet), Peep Lassmann (piano)
- Venue Tallinn Philharmonic Society House of Blackheads, White Hall
- Date 10.05.2018
- Time 19:00
- Ticket Pilet 15/7 €
Programme: A. Holley, O. Messiaen, T. Kõrvits (premiere) Indrek Vau (trumpet) started his musical studies at Tallinn Children’s M...Read more
Programme: A. Holley, O. Messiaen, T. Kõrvits (premiere)
Indrek Vau (trumpet) started his musical studies at Tallinn Children’s Music School (1980–1986), continuing at Tallinn Music Highschool (1986–1990). In 1996, he went to study with Prof. Jouko Harjanne at Sibelius Academy, where he graduated with master’s degree in solo trumpet in 2001. He has taken part in the master courses of Stephen Burns and Eric Aubier.
Indrek Vau has achieved award positions at several contests: the third prize at the Estonian Brass Player Competition (Tallinn, 1990), finalist at the Estonian contest-festival for young musicians (Tallinn, 1990) and the split of the second and third prize at the trumpeters’ competition in Cologne (1994). He has also participated in the international contests Art Munich ’97 and Lieksa Brass Week (1998). In 1990–1996, Indrek Vau was a member of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (since 1993 as the principal of the trumpet group), in 1996–1997 the solo trumpeter of the Sibelius Academy’s Symphony Orchestra, in 1997–2000 the solo trumpeter of the Tapiola Sinfonietta, in 1998 a member of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and in 2000-2001 the principal of the trumpet group of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2000, Vau is the principal of the trumpet group of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and since 2001 also a teacher at the Estonian Academy of Music.
Indrek Vau is an acknowledged soloist and a partner in chamber music. He has performed as a soloist with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Pärnu City Orchestra, the Hortus Music Academic Orchestra and the NYYD Ensemble. He has collaborated with pianists Peep Lassmann, Mati Mikalai, Ralf Taal, Marko Martin, conductors Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Olari Elts, Nikolay Alexeev, Paavo Berglund, Arvo Volmer et al.
Estonian trumpet music holds an important place in Indrek Vau’s repertoire, in particular the works of Hillar Kareva and Harri Otsa. From the Western composers Vau gives gratest preference to Hindemith, Jolivet and Ibert. In 2004, Indrek Vau’s first solo CD “Estonian Trumpet Music” was released with the works by Hillar Kareva, Harri Otsa, Heino Jürisalu and Anatoli Garshnek (piano accompaniment by Mati Mikalai).
Indrek Vau has been awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2017).
Peep Lassmann is one of the most outstanding pianists in Estonia, valued as a soloist and ensemble partner. He has achieved recognition for his interpretation of Olivier Messiaen’s piano music, he gave the Estonian premiere of the grand cycles „Vingt regards sur l’ enfant Jesus” and „Catalogue d’Oiseau”. Lassmann is also pedagogue and an active figure in Estonian musical life.
Lassmann began his musical studies at the Tallinn Music High School with Professor Heljo Sepp, whose supervision he remained under until graduating from the Tallinn State Conservatoire in 1971. He continued with Emil Gilels in Moscow Conservatoire (1971-1973). Already during his university years, Lassmann was awarded many prizes at the piano competition, the most valuable is the second prize at the competition for pianists of the whole former Soviet Union in 1969.
After graduation Lassmann started to teach at the Tallinn Conservatoire in 1973 (Associate Professor since 1985, Professor since 1992) and acted as the Head of Piano Department in 1987–1991. He has been the Vice Rector (1992–1992) and in 1992–2017 the Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Among his pupils there are Mati Mikalai, Kai Ratassepp, Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, Ralf Taal, Marko Martin, Diana Liiv, Age Juurikas. As a active concert pianist, Lassmann has given solo recitals and performed with chamber ensembles. Concert trips have taken Lassmann in many countries of Europe, North America, Cuba and Asia. He has performed together with such conductors as Paavo Berglund, Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Nikolai Rabinovich, Nikolai Alexeev, Peeter Lilje, Arvo Volmer, Vello Pähn, Paul Mägi, Jüri Alperten, Andres Mustonen, Toomas Vavilov, Juozas Domarkas, Imants Resnis and many orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Philhramonic Orchestra. Being an excellent accompanist and valued ensemble partner, Lassmann has had numerous musical collaborations with singers Mati Palm, Tiit Kuusik, Ivo Kuusk, Hans Georg Ahrens, Hendrik Krumm, Yolanda Hernandez, Lionelle Lhote and instrumentalists Aaron Rosand, Marianne Boettcher, David Grimal, Jüri Gerretz, Jaak Sepp, Edith Peinemann, Jossif Feigelson, Peeter Paemurru, Teet Järvi, Henry-David Varema, Michel Lethiec, Hannes Altrov, Toomas Vavilov. For more than ten years Lassmann was also active as the concert master of the Estonian National Male Choir (1975-1986). He has participated in many international competition juries as well as given master courses in many European countries. Being an acitve figure in Estonian musical life, Lassmann is related to many musical institutions: he is a chairman of the board of Estonian Piano Teachers Association (since 1991), the president of Estonian Music Council (since 1995), the vicepresident of Association of Baltic Academies of Music (since 2002), the councillor of Estonian National Opera (since 1998) and the chairman of the board of Estonian Ornithological Society (since 2003). Lassmann has been the member of the board of The European Association of Conservatoires (2000–2006) and The Academic Council of The President of the Republic of Estonia (2002–2006). He was also a foundation member of Association of Estonian Professional Musicians and has been its first chairman (1998–2002). Lassmann was given the honorary title of ESSR Honoured Worker in Arts (1987), Estonian Radio selected him as The Musician of the Year 1989, he has been awarded the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia in 1999 and in 2009 and Estonian Republic’s IV Class Order of the White Star in 2001.
Lassmann has recorded piano music for Estonian Radio, also for Moscow and Sweden radio. He has a solo CD „Estonian piano music” (Eres, 1994) and CD „Mati Palm sings Estonian and Italian songs” together with bass Mati Palm (Kuldklassika, 2002). He also plays in several compilation CDs, e.g. 24 Estonian Preludes, Op. 80 by Jaan Rääts on CD „24 Marginals for Two Pianos, Op. 68;24 Estonian Preludes, Op. 80” (Antes, 1996).