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Tõnu Kõrvits (b. 1969)
Graduated from Raimo Kangro’s composition class at the Estonian Academy of Music in 1994. From 1994 – 1999, Kõrvits was engaged in postgraduate studies at the academy with Prof. Jaan Rääts. Kõrvits has participated in the 1997 mastercourse for young arrangers in Hilversum, Holland (with conductor Vince Mendoza and the Metropole Orchestra) and attended Stephen Montague’s 1998 composition masterclass in Gdansk, Poland.
Tõnu Kõrvits’s compositions have been performed at numerous international festivals: in Copenhagen (ArtGenda, 1996), in Katowice (1998), in Lockenhaus (1999’s festival commissioned Kõrvits’s composition For You, the Messenger of Night), in Usedom (1999), in Montreal (World Saxophone Music, 2000), in Krasnoyarsk (Eesti Kultuuri Festival, 2001) and in Moscow (Music of Friends, 2002).
Kõrvits’s major works of recent years are The Detached Bridge for saxophone quartet and chamber orchestra (1998), Longer Than A Thousand Summers for flute and chamber orchestra (2000), Stream for alto saxophone and vibraphone (2000), Wildflower for oboe and piano (2002), The Songs From Thule for flute and piano (2002), and The Sign of Love and Eldorado (2002) for symphony orchestra.
Kõrvits is the 2001 winner of the Heino Eller Music Prize. For The Sign of Love, he was awarded the 2002 Young Artist Prize of the President of the Republic’s Cultural Foundation. Another of Kõrvits’s symphonic works, Eldorado, won the Third Prize at the 2003 International Lepo Sumera Composition Contest for Young Composers in Tallinn.
At present Tõnu Kõrvits teaches composition and orchestration at the Estonian Academy of Music. He is composer-in-residence with the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra for the 2003 / 2004 concert season.


 

 

The Sign Of Love participates
at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers 2003
in Vienna.

 

 

At present Tõnu Kõrvits teaches composition and orchestration at the Estonian Academy of Music.
He is composer-in-residence with the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra for the 2003 / 2004 concert season.

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The music was positively vibrating, melodically expressive, and the vertical organisation of sound had a delicately romantic feel.
Evi Arujärv

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The “early” works of Tõnu Kõrvits appear quite simple, tonal, and perhaps most noticeably influenced by Post-Romantic orchestral composers. Over the ensuing years, there has occurred a discernible change of style: an enriched palette of tonal colours, a consistent use of contemporary composing techniques, a continuous striving for the sublime.

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