About KRATT Festival
Kratt is known in Estonian folklore as a creature that gathers all kinds of riches and treasures for his master. It is very hard-working, creative, dedicated and trustworthy. The master of our KRATT is MUSIC, for whom it brings together talented young people and new ideas, using very appropriate means. In order to bring our KRATT to life we did not need to give three drops of blood. The dedication to music is inherent.
KRATT is a festival designed for schoolchildren and youth. What makes this festival special is the fact that for one short week, Monday to Saturday, it brings together chamber music, symphonic music and musical theatre, and in addition it offers various educational workshops.
The variety of music themed workshops, five altogether, provides an opportunity to develop and expand understanding of different music styles. The workshops are also suitable for students who do not play in a chamber ensemble, participate in a performance or orchestra and are not studying music and/or musical instrument in depth. The larger aim of the festival is to value young people’s interest in classical music, promote musical education and encourage performing music together.
The final concert of KRATT Festival with symphony orchestra is conducted by Olari Elts
Olari Elts’ passion for distinctive programming rich with invention has earned him much praise on the international music scene. Elts began his tenure as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 2020/21 season. Since 2018, he is also Artistic Advisor of the Kymi Sinfonietta.
Olari Elts has appeared as a guest conductor with such orchestras as Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Finnish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Dublin Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Budapest Festival Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra Ottawa, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Soloists with whom he collaborates include Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Brett Dean, Isabelle Faust, Alban Gerhardt, Martin Grubinger, Martin Helmchen, Stephen Hough, Lucas & Arthur Jussen, Kari Kriikku, Karita Mattila, Alexander Melnikov, Maxim Rysanov, Baiba Skride, Lara St. John, Simon Trpčeski, and Antoine Tamestit. Additionaly to classical symphonic music Olari Elts considers it important to make Estonian music known both in Estonia and abroad.
Olari Elts has won the Grand Chariot Award (1997), the Estonian Cultural Endowment Annual Award (1997), the Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia IV Class (2001), the Estonian Cultural Award (2004), the Latvian Grand Music Award (2005) and twice the Estonian Cultural Endowment Sound Art Endowment Award: In 2012 for the performance of the Mendelssohn oratorio “Paulus” and for the concerts of the last season with ERSO and in 2017 for bright and weighty performances on both domestic and foreign stages and for the promotion of Estonian music.
Soloists to perform with symphony orchestra this year:
Tähe-Lee Liiv (2003) is a young Estonian pianist who has achieved significant success both at home and abroad. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed with several important orchestras. Tähe-Lee studies in parallel in Estonia (at Tallinn Music High School with Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann and at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja), in Finland (at the Sibelius Academy with Hui-Ying Tawaststjerna) and in Italy (with Accademia Perosis with Konstantin Bogino). Tähe-Lee’s biggest achievements are winning the Estonian Pianists’ Competition (2019) and winning the Estonian Broadcasting Company’s competition “Classic Stars” (2020), being the youngest participant in both cases (16 years old). In addition, she has won important awards in several international competitions.
Anna Katarina Tralla (born in 2009) began her studies at the age of 3 at the Mannheim Music School under guidance of Violel Tarara. From 2014 she continued her studies at the Lucie Kölsch Music School of Worms under Olga Nodel. Her studies at the Tallinn Music High School started in 2016 under the guidance of Pille Tralla.
Anna Katarina has performed at festivals like International Festival “Moscow Meets Friends”(2016, 2018), organized by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
She is laureat of many international competitions:
1st price at a competition “Jugend musiziert” in Germany (2016, in Rheinland-Pfalz),
2nd price at the Alfred Csammer violin competition in Karlsruhe, in Germany (2016),
1st price and conductor’s award at the international competition “Young Musican” in Tartu, in Estonia (2017),
2nd price at the J.Kocian violin competition in Usti and Orlici, in the Czech Republik (2019),
1st special price at the FLAME Competition in Paris, in France (2019),
2nd price at the competition “Kaunas-Sonorum” in Kaunas, in Lithuania.