Solister » Andres Kaljuste, viola

Estonian violinist and violist Andres Kaljuste enjoys a rich musical life both in his homeland and abroad. Hailed in the press as ”a soloist with a great sense of character”, Kaljuste is an artist passionately dedicated to communication through music of diverse styles and genres.

Kaljuste studied at ”Lilla Akademien”, Stockholm with Nina Balabina, Oleg Balabine and with Prof. Ulf Wallin at both the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and later Hochschule für Musik ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin. He was a member of the Academy of Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. He currently pursues a busy freelance career working with UK orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia and guest-leading the Oulu Sinfonia, Finland.

Before pursuing further studies in Germany, Andres worked at ”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 coached a wide variety of ensembles.

As a soloist, Kaljuste has appeared with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Verona Philharmonic, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, “Belgrade Strings”, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and made 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. He frequently appears with pianist Sophia Rahman – a partnership that has taken them on tour for concerts and masterclasses in China, Russia and Estonia. They are about to release their first disc together featuring première recordings of compositions by Heino Eller.

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 Florian Leonhard “Gasparo da Salò” 2007 viola.