Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kalle Randalu & Kaspars Putniņš

Biography Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Kalle Randalu & Kaspars Putniņš

Kalle Randalu
was born 1956 in Tallinn (Estonia).When barely 6 years old, he already attended a special music school for especially talented children. After spending 5 years at the academy of music in Tallinn, where he was a student of Prof. Bruno Lukk, he changed to the Music Conservatory in Moscow, as a student in the masterclass of Prof. Lev Vlassenko.

Mr. Kalle Randalu is the winner of many internationally recognized piano competitions: in 1971 at the Czechoslovakian competition for young pianists, and in addition, he was awarded the first prize in 1976 at the all-union-competitions in Tallinn,; in 1981 he won the Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau; in 1982 he won the Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow; and in 1985 he won the first prize in the ARD (German television) Competition in Munich.

He gave concerts in Canada, Japan, Brasil, Russia, and in many european countries. Since 1988 he has lived in Germany. He has worked as a teacher at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik (Conservatory of Music) in Karlsruhe since 1989; since 1994 he is a professor at the University of Freiburg,. During various summer festivals, Mr. Randalu offers master classes in Finnland, Brasil and Canada. Between 1991 and 1993 he was the artistic director of the summer festival in Jyväskylä, Finnland.

He has made music with some of the world's most famous orchestras, such as the St. Petersburg Philarmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of the Bavarian State Opera, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Moscow Philarmonic Orchestra and the Grand Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the chamber orchestras of Württemberg, Bratislava and St. Petersburg, the Symphony Orchestra of Göteborg, the Symphony Orchestra of Iceland, and the Finnish Radio Orchestra.

He has worked together with such conductors as Jörg Faerber, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Hans Martin Schneidt, Neeme Järvi, Peeter Lilje, Mariss Jansons, Natan Rachlin, Vladimir Fedossejew, Maxim Schostakowitsch, Leif Segerstam and many others.

Randalu is also well known as a chamber musician. He has worked with such soloists as Sabine Meyer, Jewgeni Nesterenko, Wolfgang Meyer, David Geringas, Reinhold Friedrich and many others. In addition, he is a member of the internationally renowned chamber orchestra „Villa Musica", working together with soloists such as Thomas Brandis, Ida Bieler, Ulf Rodenhäuser, Radovan Vlatkovitch, Klaus Thunemann, Sergio Azzolini, Martin Ostertag, Peter Sadlo, Ingo Goritzki, Jean-Claude Gerard, Boris Björn Bagger and others.

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