The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre's graduation concert-ceremony 2019


The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre's graduation concert-ceremony 2019

The 2019 graduation concert-ceremony of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will be held on June 20th 4pm at the Estonia Concert Hall.

Concert by this year's graduates Linda Kanter (vocal), Raiko Raalik (bass), Karl Tipp (saxophone), Eve Neumann (saxophone), Vlady Bystrov (saxophone) ja Jekaterina Semenova (accordion), Eeva-Maria Laas (violin), Sandra Klimaitė (viola), Piret Mikalai (piano). 
EAMT Symphony Orchestra, conductor Andres Kaljuste, conductor Imre Rohuväli
Works by Bajetta, Ibert, Bruch, Verdi, Prokofjev and others.

Invitations to the concert-ceremony for graduates and teaching staff are available at the rectorate (room A-202). 

Tickets are available on Piletilevi and at the door one hour prior to ceremony.

New concert series

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New concert series "Crossing Cultures" launched

A new concert series „Crossing Cultures“, focusing on the foreign students of EAMT, was kicked off last Sunday. Each concert in the series will be devoted to one country and its students studying at EAMT, who will perform alongside the Estonian students.

„Our foreign students come from many different countries and the main idea of the new series is to dedicate each concert to one of those countries. Enabling the foreign students to perform together with their Estonian colleagues, we enable an exchange not only in a form of musical collaboration, but in terms of a cultural exchange in a wider sense. Namely, each concert will include also an oral introduction to the culture of the country in the spotlight“, explains Henry-David Varema, Vice-Rector for Artistic Affairs and International Relations. For instance, in the first concert that was dedicated to South-Korea and featured performances by South-Korean and Estonian students, and alumni of EAMT, the overview on the country’s culture was given by Jason Mario Dydynski, doctoral student of semiotics and cultural theories of University of Tartu.

The countries featured during the next season are Finland, Latvia, Spain and China. „It’s quite common not to know too much about the cultural heritage and background of our foreign colleagues. Thus, the new concert series will hopefully not only help to bring closer the students, academic staff and audience of EAMT, but perhaps also helps to disprove different and unfortunately still widespread myths regarding the foreign students,“ Varema adds.

2019 Academic Staff Election Results


2019 Academic Staff Election Results

Elections for the appointment of 12 members of academic staff were held on on Wednesday 15 May 2019 and the following staff were declared elected:

Department of Classical Music Performance

senior lecturer of piano (workload 1,0)

Sten Lassmann

professor of choral conducting (workload 0,5)

Hirvo Surva

lecturer of chamber music (workload 0,5)

Mari Poll-Novakovic

lecturer – pianist-accompanist for strings (workload 1,0)

Ralf Taal

teacher – pianist-accompanist for strings (workload 0,5) (2 positions)

Thea Nestor

Reet Ruubel

teacher – pianist-accompanist for winds (workload 0,5) (2 positions)

Meeli Ots

Anneli Tohver


Department of Composition and Improvisational Performing Arts

senior lecturer of contemporary interpretation (workload 1,0)

Taavi Kerikmäe

lecturer of audiovisual composition (workload 0,5)

Einike Leppik


Department of drama

professor of performing arts (workload 1,0)

Anu Lamp

senior lecturer of Alexander technique (workload 0,5)

Maret Tormis


International musicology conference


International musicology conference "Urban and Court Culture in the Early Modern Baltic Sea Region"

The registry for the international musicology conference "Urban and Court Culture in the Early Modern Baltic Sea Region" which will take place from 2 to 3 May 2019 is still open!

The conference aims to explore urban and court culture, along with their interrelations in the Baltic Sea region in the early modern period. The programme covers diverse aspects of music and written culture, and further seeks to place individual perspectives in the related contexts (e.g. the social position of a person in the service of a city or within a court; the artistic and personal decisions one had to make; daily life and environment of a person).

The keynote speaker of the conference is renowned German researcher of the early opera, Silke Leopold, who will deliver her speech "Opera in Europe around 1680: A Panorama of Dramaturgies, Languages and Styles" on 2 May at 10.15. Among the others, the presentation "Unbekannte Spuren von Johann Valentin Meders Notensammlung" by the Director of the Leipzig Bach Archive, Peter Wollny, deserves a special mention. You can read more on the conference here and get acquainted with the full programme here. The presentations are held in German and English.

The conference is above all meant for the PhD students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, University of Tartu, Tallinn University and Estonian Academy of Arts, but all the other professionals from the field of musicology are welcome, too. Participation for everyone is free of charge and you can register by 24 April latest here.

The conference is organized by the Musicology Study Area of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in collaboration with the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts.

EAMT young singers to star on the stage of the National Opera

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EAMT young singers to star on the stage of the National Opera

On 18 and 30 April the title roles of „Le Nozze di Figaro“ by W.A. Mozart will be sung by the young singers of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The opera is directed by Marco Gandini (Italy) and was premiered at the Estonian National Opera already in 2017. Ene Rindesalu, Head of the EAMT Opera Studio, reveals that „the collaboration with the National Opera which began as early as in 1989, has provided our students with professional skills and opportunities that are unquestionably useful for their careers in the future. Working with the professional orchestra and conductor, developing the roles in close collaboration with the stage director and choreographer, the experience of the dress rehearsals in costumes and make up, and finally the performances with the audience turn the whole process very real. Not to mention the special atmosphere of the opera house... A wonderful experience for everyone, no doubt!“

„Le Nozze di Figaro“ follows the Almaviva household through a single turbulent day. The cast under the baton of Arvo Volmer is following: Raiko Raalik or Žilvinas Steponas Miškinis (Figaro), Siiri Johanson or Kadri Kõrvek (Susanna), Silja Maria Sevonkari or Ille Saar (la Contessa), Janari Jorro (il Conte), Elo-Maarja Trumm or Karis Trass (Cherubino), Jurģis Marcinkevičs (Bartolo), Mehis Tiits (Basilio), Merilin Taul or Merje Uppin (Marcellina), Merit Kraav or Kristine Žogota (Barbarina), Erki Lillemets (Antonio) and Hyun Woo Lee (Don Curzio).  

Read more on „Le Nozze di Figaro“ on the homepage of the Estonian National Opera.

Tickets available at Piletimaailm.

EAMT launches a new audiovisual festival

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EAMT launches a new audiovisual festival

From 27 to 30 April the Department of Composition and Improvisational Performing Arts will hold the first composition and music technology dedicated festival, COMMUTE#1, featuring works which have seen the light during the current academic year, gathered together as six independent, thematic concert performances. 

"For years we organised several concerts that were either independent or formed part of different festivals. Yet this spring we realised, it would make much more sense to bring all of them under the same umbrella," explains Paolo Girol, lecturer of the audiovisual composition and chief coordinator of the Department of Composition and Improvisational Performing Arts. "In addition to that, one of the main artistic aims of the festival is not only to bring together the student works, but to mix them with the works by renowned professionals and to perform them also with mixed ensembles of student and professional players. Moreover, we are "commuting" different styles of music and different art domains, such as baroque and live electronics as well as music and dance. Since the latter is not taught at EAMT, we are collaborating with the  student choreographers from Tallinn University, whose contribution makes the festival even more versatile and hopefully also more attractive in the eyes of the audiences.“

Versatility reflects also in the selection of venues as the concerts take place not only at EAMT, but in Sakala3 (former theatre No99), at „Sõprus“ cinema and even St Nicholas church. The festival features several world premieres and in the frames of the concert on Sunday, 29 April, the winners of the EAMT 3rd Competition of Audiovisual Compositions will be announced and presented. This year 45 submissions from the EU Countries, Israel, Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Russia, China, South Korea and Australia were received. The head of the competition jury is Brett Battey, Professor of Audio-visual Composition at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

More detailed info on festival at
Commute#1 on Facebook

New Guide for the International Students available


New Guide for the International Students available

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre has issued a brand new Guidelines for International Students, where you can find useful information such as:

  • Which procedures to follow after your arrival
  • How to apply for the temporary right of residence, visa and residence permit for EU or non-EU citizens
  • Health insurances
  • Housing in Tallinn

You can also read, what is it like to study at EAMT by finding  all the links to curricula at Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral level as well as practical info on the orientation week,  use of practice rooms, tuition fees and scholarships. We hope that with the help of new Guidelines, the beginning  of your studies at EAMT will be smooth, pleasant and memorable!

International Students Guidelines

EAMT included in the prestigious QS World University Rankings

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EAMT included in the prestigious QS World University Rankings

For the first time, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre has made it to the QS World University Rankings, which is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

EAMT, being the only music university from Baltic states on the QS list,  is currently holding the position no 51-100 in the category of performing arts among such reputable music academies as Cologne, Leipzig and Munich (Germany), F. Liszt Music Academy (Hungary) and the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg (Denmark).

The top performing arts institutions in 2019 are the The Julliard School (USA) and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria) followed by the Royal College of Music (UK), Royal Academy of Music and Curtis Institute of Music (USA). Sibelius Academy/University of Arts Helsinki (Finland), ranked as 6th in 2018,  is currently holding the 12th position.

The QS Rankings are released every year and provide lists of universities based on surveys, diversity, and much more. It is monitored by both partners and students to learn about the nature and capability of universities.

The full list of performing arts universities is available here.