Andres Mustonen

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Estonian-born distinctive violinist and conductor Andres Mustonen expresses his unique world-vision and perception of music when performing the symphonies by Mahler and Shostakovitch as well as by classical Viennese composers. His activity as a conductor follows the timeline of music history from early to contemporary music, putting the stress on oratorios, passions, dramas and symphonic music. A special place in his repertoire is held by the works of contemporary composers, with whom he has formed a tight creative bond: Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giya Kancheli, Valentin Silvestrov, Aleksandr Knaifel, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Arvo Pärt, Awet Terterjan, etc. Andres Mustonen graduated from Tallinn Conservatory in 1977, but his career as a musician has been all but conventional and academic. During his years of study, he was a fanatic performer of avant garde music and the organiser of happenings. In the 1970s he turned his interest towards the sources of European Christian tradition that resulted in a long-term work as the artistic director of the ensemble Hortus Musicus. Today, Hortus Musicus is known as an ensemble of boundless music that has extended its repertoire outside Europe and has now returned to contemporary music. Opera music has accompanied Mustonen since his early childhood. He has conducted Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and Orpheus ed Euridice by Gluck. In addition, Mustonen likes to perform chamber music with his friends and kindred spirits. In recent years, he has performed also with the ensemble Art Jazz Quartet. Concerts have taken him from Italy to Israel, Finland to Serbia and Russia to Germany.

 

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