Estonian Cello Ensemble @ Estonian Music Days


Erkki-Sven Tüür (vocals)
Estonian Cello Ensemble: Johannes Välja, Theodor Sink, Andreas Lend, Marius Järvi, Villu Vihermäe, Maarit Kangron (cellos)


Karl Tipp “Pause in the Expanse” for six cellos (2017, premiere)
Alexander Zhedelev “Magellan” for six cellos (2017, premiere)
Alexander Zhedelev “Miracle Garden” for six cellos
Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962) / New arrangement by Galina Grigorjeva “Molitva” / “Prayer” for six cellos (2005/2017, premiere of new version)
Margo Kõlar (b. 1961) “Kolm leidu” / “Three Findings” for six cellos (2015, premiere of new version)
Soloist Villu Vihermäe (cello)
Timo Steiner (b. 1976) “Vari” / “The Shadow” for two cellos (2014, performed by three pairs of cellos)
Erkki-Sven Tüür (b. 1959) / Arranged by Rasmus Puur “Päikesevene” / “The Sun Boat” for three cellos
Erkki-Sven Tüür / Arranged by Rasmus Puur “Antidolorosum” for three cellos Soloist Erkki-Sven Tüür (vocals)
Veljo Tormis (1930–2017) / Arranged by Mari Järvi “Sinikan laulu” / “Sinikka’s Song” for six cellos (1991)


The repertoire of the Estonian Cello Ensemble consists of works whose musical ideas are best communicated by the cellos. The idea to perform at the Estonian Music Days was originated by the ensemble’s cellists themselves since they become interested in playing works of In Spe, an Estonian progressive rock band founded in 1979. Erkki-Sven Tüür, the founder of In Spe, will perform as a singer with the Estonian Cello Ensemble. Additionally, the Ensemble will perform two commissioned works by two young composers who have recently been awarded compositional prizes: Karl Tipp (Young Composer 2016) and Aleksandr Žedeljov (EK:Labor 2015). Margo Kõlar’s „Three Discoveries”, Galina Grigorjeva’s „Molitva” and Timo Steiner’s „The Shadow” will be performed in novel arrangements – for cellos.
Estonian Cello Ensemble (ECE) was founded in 2014 and consists of six renowned young Estonian cellists. The ensemble aims to promote cello music by offering exciting concerts, expanding ensemble’s repertoire by adding more Estonian music into it, and to collaborate with talented musicians.