Mati Turi graduated from the choral conducting class of Prof. Ants Üleoja at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He also studied singing with Prof. Jaakko Ryhänen. He worked at the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir from 1992–2004 and since 2005 has pursued a free-lance musician’s career. Since 2009, Mati Turi has won recognition on European opera venues as a Wagner-tenor. Recently Turi appeared as the title character of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”, Siegfried in Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” (Longborough Opera Festival and Nationale Reisopera in Holland), as well as Paul in Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” (the Finnish National Opera), Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Alwa in Berg’s “Lulu” (both at Kokkola Opera), Mefistófeles in Busoni’s “Doktor Faust” (Schleswig-Holstein Landestheater), Wallenberg 2 in Tüür’s “Wallenberg” (the Estonian National Opera) and, among others, in Haydn’s operas at the Nargen Opera. His future engagements include title roles in Wagner’s “Parsifal” (Chemnitz Opera) and in “Siegfried” (Opera North) and a concert performance at Saaremaa Opera Days 2013. He makes regular performances in major vocal-symphonic works, such as Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”, J. S. Bach’s Passions, Händel’s oratorios and Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers”.
With his long-time chamber music partner pianist Martti Raide, Mati Turi has performed and recorded music of Mahler, Wolf, Schubert, Schumann, Grieg, Sibelius, Mart Saar and the composers Kapp.