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90th birthday anniversary of the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis

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The Estonian composer Veljo Tormis was born in Kuusalu on August 7, 1930. We commemorate his 90th birthday on August 7, 2020. In the early 1940s, he was initially trained as an organist at the Tallinn Conservatory and then began studying composition at the Tallinn State Conservatory.

Tormis later went to the Moscow Conservatory, where he completed his composition studies with Wissarion Schebalin and Jury Fortunatov in 1956.

Back home in Estonia, Tormis worked as a teacher at the Tallinn Music School and worked for the Composers' Association of the Estonian SSR until 1969 for thirteen years. Only then did the 39-year-old composer decide to work as a freelance composer. From 1974 to 1989, Tormis was the first deputy chairman of the Estonian Composers' Association.

For his work he received the State Prize of the Estonian SSR (1970 and 1972), the State Prize of the USSR (1974), the Annual Music Prize of the Estonian SSR (1980 and 1986), the award for his life's work by the Foundation for Estonian Folk Culture (1998), the composition award of the Estonian Music Council (2009) and the order of the coat of arms 1st class (2010).

The Estonian Music Academy awarded the composer an honorary doctorate in 1989. In 1995 he received the Culture Award of the Republic of Estonia. Veljo Tormis' best-known student is Arvo Pärt. Veljo Tormis died on January 21, 2017.

Veljo Tormis
(07.08.1930 - 21.01.2017)
90th birthday
- Overture No. 2 for orchestra

Photo by the composer: Valju Aloel

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