About KRATT Festival
The conductor of the KRATT22 Symphony Orchestra is Olari Elts. Olari has chosen Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” symphonic dances as the main work of the program. In addition, works by Benjamin Britten, Lembit Beecher and Sergei Prokofiev will be performed. Of course, a few surprise stories are in stock as well.
The chamber orchestra is conducted by Andres Kaljuste with Triinu Piirsalu and Andres Kaljuste performing as soloists in Mozart’s Symphony Concert. In addition, the Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock is inspired by Renaissance dances.
The small orchestra (only string instruments) will play a very important role this year:
Together with the VHK 2020 theatre alumni, an early music consortium and an early music workshop, the youngest musicians will bring the medieval song “Aucassin and Nicolette” to the stage. A small orchestra will be guided by Elo Tepp and Susanna Biosca. The orchestra will be conducted by Susanna Biosca. Working language is Estonian.
Early music workshop is led by Peeter Klaas and Ene Nael, and the participants in the workshop will take part in the performance “Aucassin and Nicolette” together with the Small Orchestra.
The Impro workshop (Meelis Vind, Liis Lutsoja) has its own evening and its own challenges this year: a concert at Impro ERI on Thursday, in one very special place and with one very special person.
The theatre workshop will focus on stage fighting this year and it is instructed by Katre Kaseleht.
A lecture-workshop on How to Listen to Classics is also open to the townspeople of all ages this year. The persons introducing their vision of listening to classical music will be announced in the beginning of summer. Stay tuned!
As every year, also in 2022 we are expecting young chamber ensembles to apply for a chamber ensemble concert in the Estonia Concert Hall.
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.