Andres Kaljuste

April 06, 2011 

Ever since he was awarded concert prizes in “Con Brio 2004″ music competition, Estonian violinist

and violist Andres Kaljuste has enjoyed a rich musical life both in his homeland and abroad. Hailed

in the press as “a soloist with a great sense for character”, Kaljuste is an artist passionately

dedicated to communication through music of diverse styles and genres.

After studies at “Lilla Akademien”, Stockholm with Nina Balabina and with Prof. Ulf Wallin at the

Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, Kaljuste

was a member of the Academy of Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He currently continues his

career as freelance.

Before pursuing further studies in Germany, Andres worked at the “Lilla Akademien”, recognized

as one of the top music schools in Scandinavia, as a teacher of violin and viola. He was also

conductor of the school’s string orchestras and coach for a wide variety of ensembles.

Kaljuste has frequently appeared as a soloist. Previous collaborations have been with Estonian

National Symphony Orchestra, Verona Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, “Belgrade

Strings”, Vanemuise Symhony Orchestra and his debut at Berlin’s Konzerthaus in 2010 with

Cappella Academica, playing the Brahms violin concerto.

Since 2007, Andres has been artist in residence at the Nargen Festival in his native Estonia, where

his main emphasis lies in chamber music – the form of music-making he enjoys most. The summer

of 2011 will include programmes of Bach and Hindemith viola sonatas as well as works by

Schubert and Beethoven. His chamber music partners have included Julian Bliss, Chris Glyn,

Robert Plane, Thomas Bowes, Hans-Jakob Eschenburg and many others. He frequently appears

with pianist Sophia Rahman – a partnership that has taken them on tour for concerts and

masterclasses in China, Russia and Estonia.

Kaljuste’s native music has found an ever-increasing place in his repertoire. Estonian composers

Timo Steiner and Elo Masing have dedicated works to him and he has often worked together with

Arvo Pärt, whose music he has premièred and recorded.

Andres Kaljuste plays on a Giuseppe “Il Soldato” Guadagnini 1802 violin and Florian Leonhard

“Gasparo da Salò” 2007 viola.