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date: 17 September 2019

Pärt, Arvo free

Born Estonia 11 Sept. 1935; s of August Pärt and Linda Anette Pärt (née Mäll); m 1st, 1959, Hille Aasmäe (marr. diss.); one d; one d by Marina Nestieva; 2nd, 1972, Nora Supina; two s

free-lance composer, since 1967


composition studies with Heino Eller, Conservatory of Music, Tallinn, Estonia


Sound Engr, Estonian broadcasting station, Tallinn, 1958–67; free-lance composer, Tallinn, 1967–80; emigrated to Vienna, 1980; became Austrian citizen, 1981; Scholar, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin, 1981; in Berlin, 1981–2010, in Estonia, 2010–. Hon. Member: Amer. Acad. of Arts and Letters, 1996; Royal Sch. of Church Music, UK, 2003; Accad. Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 2004; Internat. Soc. for Contemporary Music, 2014; Associate Mem., Royal Acad. of Sci and Fine Arts, Belgium, 2001; Mem., Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican, 2011–. Mem., Estonian Acad. of Scis, Academician for Music, 2011. Hon. PhD: Acad. of Music and Th., Tallinn, 1989; Royal Swedish Music Acad., 1991; Hon. DMus: Sydney, 1996; Durham, 2002; Hon. Dr: Univ. of Tartu, Estonia, 1998; Univ. Nacional de Gen. San Martin Escuela de Humanidades, Argentina, 2003; Freiburg, 2007; Liège, 2009; St Andrews, 2010; Pontifical Inst. for Sacred Music, Vatican, 2011; Lugano, 2012; Oxford, 2016; St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theol Seminary, USA, 2014. Triumph award, Russia, 1997; Culture Prize, Estonia, 1998; Herder Award, Germany, 2000; Composition Trophy C. A. Seghizzi, Gorizia, Italy, 2003; Borderland Award, Sejny, Poland, 2003; Classic Brit Award, 2003, 2011; Composer of the Year, Musical America, 2005; Eur. Award of Sacred Music, Germany, 2005; Internat. Brückepreis, Görlitz/Zgorzelec, Germany/Poland, 2007; Baltic Star Prize, St Petersburg, 2007; Sonning Music Prize, Denmark, 2008; Lifelong Achievement Award, Republic of Estonia, 2009; Lifelong Achievement Award, Internat. Istanbul Music Fest., 2010; Hommage, Konrad Adenauer Fund, Germany, 2011; Praemium Imperiale, Japan, 2014; Medal of Pontifical Council for Culture, Per Arte ad Deum, Poland, 2016; Ratzinger Prize, Vatican, 2017; Honoured Artist of Music, Internat. Assoc. of People in Music, Russia, 2017. Order of the Nat. Coat of Arms (Estonia), 2nd class 1998, 1st class 2006; Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), 2001; Cross of Honour for Sci. and Art, 1st class (Austria), 2008; Chevalier, Légion d’Honneur (France), 2011; Decoration for Sci. and Art (Austria), 2015; Cultural Merit Order (Music Category) (Romania), 2016. Compositions include: Sinfonie No 1, 1963; Sinfonie No 2, 1966; Pro et contra (cello concerto), 1966; Credo, 1968; Sinfonie No 3, 1971; Fratres (variations for ensembles, orchestra and various instruments), 1977–2009; Tabula Rasa (double violin concerto), 1977; Sarah was Ninety Years Old, 1976, 1989; Spiegel im Spiegel, 1978–2011; Passio, 1982; Stabat Mater, 1985; Te Deum, 1985; Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen (choir a capella), 1988; Miserere, 1989; Berliner Messe (choir, soloists and organ), 1990; Berliner Messe (choir, soloists and string orch.), 1991; Litany (soloists, choir and orch.), 1994; Kanon Pokajanen (choir a cappella), 1997; Como cierva sedienta (solo soprano and orch.), 1998; Cantique des Degrés (choir and orch.), 1999; Orient & Occident (string orch.), 2000 (Classical Brit Contemp. Music Award, 2003); Cecilia, Vergine Romana (choir and orch.), 2000; My Heart’s in the Highlands (voice and organ), 2000, (voice, violin, viola, violoncello and piano), 2013; Salve Regina (choir and organ), 2001; Lamentate (piano and orch.), 2002; In Principio (choir and orch.), 2003; Passacaglia (violin and piano), 2003; L’Abbé Agathon (soprano and 8 celli), 2004; Da Pacem Domine (choir and instruments), 2004–10 (Grammy Award, Best Choral Recording, 2007); Vater Unser (voice and piano), 2005, (voice and string orchestra or string quintet), 2013; La Sindone (orch.), 2005; Für Lennart (orch.), 2006; Passacaglia (violin or two violins and orch.), 2007; These Words… (string orch.), 2008; Symphony No 4 Los Angeles, 2008 (Classical Brit Award for Composer of the Yr, 2011); O-Antiphonen (cello octet), 2008; Stabat Mater (choir and string orch.), 2008; Silhouette (string orch. and percussion), 2009; Adam’s Lament (choir and string orch.), 2010; In Spe (woodwind, horn and string orch.), 2010; Salve Regina (choir, celesta and string orch.), 2011; Virgencita, 2012–13; Swansong: Littlemore Tractus (orch.), 2013; Greater Antiphons, 2015; Kleine Litanei (mixed choir a cappella), 2015; And I heard a voice…/Ja ma kuulsin hääle… (mixed choir a cappella), 2017


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