Mari-Liis Päkk

April 02, 2011 

Estonian violinist Mari-Liis Päkk has appeared around the world as soloist and chamber musician. A laureate of numerous competitions, she has been heard in concert in Austria, Finland, France and Germany as well as throughout the Baltic states and the U.S. Ms. Päkk has performed as soloist with orchestras across her native Estonia and with the Meadows Symphony in Dallas. She has as well given concerts throughout the Netherlands as a two-time recipient of a full scholarship to the International Holland Music Sessions and has appeared at festivals including the Salzburg Mozarteum and Burg Feistritz.

A graduate of Tallinn Music High School as a student of Mare Teearu, Ms. Päkk holds graduate degrees from both Southern Methodist University and Temple University, where her primary teacher was Eduard Schmieder. She is a core member of the iPalpiti Orchestra of International Laureates, under Schmieder’s direction, in which capacity she has appeared at the first International Chamber Music Festival of Eilat, Israel and in Jerusalem with violinist Ida Haendel and at Carnegie and Disney Halls, as well as in chamber music live on KMZT (Los Angeles) radio.

Among her many artistic endeavors, Ms. Päkk is committed to the dissemination of the wide variety of little-known repertoire of her native Estonia and to the enlargement of the contemporary literature for violin/viola and cello duo alongside her husband, cellist Jason Calloway. Among her recent performances may be counted recitals of contemporary music at the Summer Solstice Festival of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Arts and at Princeton University; tours of Estonia and Serbia with Trio Andante; a program of violin and cello duos, featuring a newly commissioned work by Yehuda Yannay, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; a concert of duos in Miami at the Golen Gallery for the 12 Nights Festival, featuring the American premiere of Ekki-Sven Tüür’s Synergie; and a triumphant appearance as soloist and as a member of the NODUS Ensemble at the 2010 Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Ms. Päkk is as well a committed teacher of violin and viola, having given masterclasses at numerous institutions and maintained a private violin/viola class in Leopold Mozart Academy in Philadelphia until 2010. She is a native of Tartu, Estonia.