The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre’s Composition and Music Technology curriculum is organizing the first composition competition EMTAHK (Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia Heliloomingu Konkurss), in which all students of EAMT can participate.

Works of 7–10 minutes in length, written for mezzo-soprano, piano and percussion, are expected for the competition.

To participate, please send the score and parts of the work to the address no later than March 6, 2023.

Jury: Toivo Tulev, Helena Tulve, Tõnu Kõrvits, Rene Eespere, Talvi Hunt, Iris Oja, Vambola Krigul.

Winning composers will be awarded the following awards: 1st Prize: certificate of recognition and 400 €, 2nd Prize: certificate of recognition and 200 €, 3rd Prize: certificate of recognition and 100 €, 4th Prize: certificate of recognition.

The winning works will be performed and recorded by an ensemble of Talvi Hunt, Iris Oja, Vambola Krigul and the concert will take place on May 12, 2023 in the Great Hall of EAMT.


1. The competition is open to all Bachelor and Master students at EAMT.
2. Composers may submit one ORIGINAL composition, meaning that the piece must not have been previously published, performed, recorded, or broadcasted and a short biography.
3. The composition must be composed for the indicated ensemble (mezzo-soprano, piano and percussion)
4. The duration of the piece should not exceed 10 minutes or be less than 7 minutes.
5. The registration deadline is on Monday, March 6, 2023, 11:59 PM. The scores must be sent before the deadline to: . Works that are sent after the deadline will be disqualified.
6. The composer’s name does not appear on the score or parts. The scores will be anonymous for the jury.
7. Four pieces will be selected by the jury (Toivo Tulev, Helena Tulve, Tõnu Kõrvits, Rene Eespere, Talvi Hunt, Iris Oja and Vambola Krigul). The results will be announced on EAMT’s website.
8. The chosen works will be performed by the mentioned ensemble and recorded during the concert on May 12, 2023. A copy of the recording will be provided to the selected composers. The four winning pieces will be published in the EAMT’s YouTube channel.
9. Winning composers will be awarded the following awards:
1st Prize: certificate of recognition and 400 €
2nd Prize: certificate of recognition and 200 €
3rd Prize: certificate of recognition and 100 €
4th Prize: certificate of recognition

On November 9–11, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will be hosting the annual meeting of the Norteas network of Nordic and Baltic performing arts institutions of higher education. During the three-day programme, Norteas activities in the previous and upcoming year will be reviewed, members will be sharing recent developments in their institutions and planning future collaborations. Guests will be visiting the Drama Department of EAMT and the main building, getting a look into both the study programmes at the drama department and the international Contemporary Physical Performance Making master’s programme.

The meeting is attended by more than 30 participants (including online participants) from schools all over the Nordic-Baltic region: the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki, Norwegian Theatre Academy, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Tampere University, Viljandi Culture Academy of Tartu University, Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg, Oslo Academy of the Arts, Iceland University of the Arts, Malmö Theater Academy of Lund University, Latvian Academy of Culture, Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The aim of the Norteas network is to develop international cooperation and create opportunities of international mobility for students and teachers. Norteas is part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ programme Nordplus. EAMT has been a member of Norteas since 2008.

The annual meeting of the network takes place every year in a different member school. The meeting of 2022 is hosted by EAMT in collaboration with the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki.

Further info:



The celebration of the School Music Day dedicated to Heino Kaljuste will be held on November 15 in collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre music pedagogy and the choir conducting class of the Tallinn Ballet and Music School (MUBA).

As part of the School Music Day, EAMT students can learn about the work of MUBA choirs and visit different classes. The day ends with a discussion about Heino Kaljuste’s contribution to the development of Estonian school and choral music and today’s challenges in teaching music.


8.30-9.30 – toddler choir (II-III class, girls and boys), conductors Jaanika Kuusik, Külli Kiivet
9.40-10.25 – II class solfeggio
10.35-11.20 – I class choir, conductor Jaanika Kuusik or VII klassi solfedžo (please choose)
11.30-12.15 – Janne Fridolin’s, Ingrid Kõrvits’ conducting class (hour is divided into half a’ 20 min)
12.30 – a tour of MUBA and discussion “Heino Kaljuste and our time”

Registration is open until November 14, please contact Kristi Kiilu (


The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre offers study opportunities for Ukrainian war refugees

Since the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre has been actively involved in helping students who are citizens of Ukraine and has offered study opportunities to war refugees arriving from Ukraine.

Although the regular admission for 2022 has ended, it is still possible for Ukrainian war refugees to apply for admission on the basis of VÔTA. In particular, this applies to Ukrainian students whose studies have been interrupted due to the war in their homeland. Admission to EAMT depends on the availability of free study places and study opportunities in a specific specialty.

Additional information:
Tiina Uibo
International Students Advisor
+372 6675 722

Psychological assistance:
Elina Kivinukk
EAMT psychologist

Additional information:

Support for Ukrainian researchers

Estonian Research Council (ETAG) has prepared two support measures for the Ukrainian researchers who have fled to Estonia.
Learn more:

Support measure for Ukrainian PhD students and post-doctoral students

The online portal for applications to the MSCA4Ukraine fellowship scheme is now open. Applications must be submitted by host organisations on behalf of researchers from Ukraine via this link:

As noted in the scheme’s Terms of Reference, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the call will remain open until all funding is committed. There are three internal cut-off dates. After each of these dates, all eligible applications will enter the evaluation and selection process. The first cut-off date is 11 November 2022. The second and third cut-off dates are tentatively set for 9 December 2022 and 9 January 2022, and may be adjusted based on the number of applications received.

Matchmaking services for both researchers and potential host organisations remain available throughout the application period.

Further information about the scheme, including Frequently Asked Questions can be found at

EAMT charity concert in support of Ukraine

On March 6, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre organized a charity concert in support of Ukraine. The concert can be watched here:

Mai Simson will defend her doctoral thesis on 30 November at 14.30 room A-402 for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Music):

„Rudolf Tobiase oratooriumi „Joonas“ tekstikriitilisest redigeerimisest“
(On the critical editing of Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio „Jona“)

Supervisor: Professor Kerri Kotta, PhD
Opponent: Mihhail Gerts, PhD

The doctoral thesis is available HERE (in Estonian) and in print in the EAMT library.

Rudolf Tobias started writing the oratorio “Jonah” already while working in Tartu
(19041908), but most of the work was completed in Germany, where the composer
went in order to get acquainted with Western European music life and find more diverse
job opportunities. The final score of “Jonah” was completed in 1909. The premiere of
the piece took place the same year on November 26, in St. Andrew’s Church in Leipzig.
After the premiere, the composer conducted individual numbers of the piece at various
concerts in both, Germany and Estonia, but the oratorio as a whole could not be
performed again during Tobias’ life.
The oratorio was brought back to performance again only before Estonia regained its
independence, where the oratorio played an important role in confirming national
identity. The scores of the work were prepared in a new redaction by pianist and
musicologist Vardo Rumessen. In the context back then, the question about the original
form of the oratorio remained in the background, and the main goal was to restore the
piece in a monumental and representative form. Today, however, in addition to the
national aspects of the oratorio, other aspects have become important too, as “Jonah” is
not only a national monument, but also an outstanding masterpiece that can be
interpreted in many different ways.
For a long time, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste had also been interested in performing
“Jonah”. To this end, he wished to study Tobias’ manuscripts thoroughly and to prepare
a new version that took into account the composer’s writings as accurately as possible.
My task in this process was initially to compare the version of Vardo Rumessen with
the manuscript of Rudolf Tobias, and later to edit the new version. This in turn grew
into the topic of my dissertation.
The aim of my research was to describe the problems that occur while being in the
process of creating a critical redaction of “Jonah”. The critical edition would be based
on a critical examination and comparison of available sources and would consider the
composer’s original intentions, as much as it is possible to reconstruct them. As a result
of my research, I hope to publish a critical edition of the piece in the future.

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Classical Music Performance department competition for pianists takes place on the 3rd of December 2022. This time it is named after the renowned Estonian pianist and long time EAMT professor Heljo Sepp, whose 100th anniversary is being celebrated this year.

All EAMT piano speciality students can participate in the competition. The program lenght is 25–30 minutes and must contain at least 12 minutes of Estonian piano music of free choice and one etude. All works must be performed from memory.

The competition has different monetary awards and for the first time an Estonian Cultural Endowment Heljo Sepp Scholarship will be given out.

For registration please send the program latest on the 28th of November to

On November 1 at 2:30 p.m., the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will host an audition for students, and those who successfully pass will have the opportunity to participate in ERSO’s work.

In order to participate, please prepare the following pieces:

Violins and woodwinds – first part of a concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violas – first part of a concerto by Carl Stamitz or Franz Hoffmeister

Cellos – first part of a concerto by Joseph Haydn

Double basses – first part of a concerto by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf or Johann Baptist Vanhal

Horns – first part of the W. A. Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3 (with cadenza 39) and first part of the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1

Trumpets – first part of a concerto by Joseph Haydn

Trombones – a piece chosen by Andres Kontus

Tubas – first part of a concerto by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Percussion – orchestral excerpts chosen by Maarja Nuut

In addition, please prepare 4 orchestral excerpts.

For registration, we ask students majoring in string instruments to contact Prof. Arvo Leibur, and students majoring in wind and percussion instruments to Prof. Toomas Vavilov.

EAMT master’s student Otto Iivari’s ambisonic work “Thở” was recognized as Gold Winner in Category 1: Contemporary Music, Computer Music at the 6th European Students 3D audio competition.

The award ceremony took place on Saturday, October 8 in Graz, Austria as part of the ORF musikprotokoll festival.

The competition is a cooperation of the Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik der Kunstuniversität Graz (IEM) and Verband Deutscher Tonmeister (VDT), and this year for the first time also with the ORF musikprotokoll. The fourth partner is the FH St. Pölten, on whose Audio Mostly the semi-finals took place.

The competition categories were Contemporary / Computer music, Audio Drama / Documentary / Soundscapes and Music Recording / Studio Production. Among the finalists were participants from Germany, Austria, England, Estonia and Finland.

Otto Iivari describes his work “Thở” as an acousmatic piece that breathes through the spectrum of vietnamese nao bat cymbals. The title translates from Vietnamese as ‘exhale’ or ‘breathing out’. Zooming in on the smallest organic details and vast harmony, it is an exploration where a combination of recorded and synthesized sounds merge. The musical gestures of the piece are inspired by the controlled chaos of accumulating, impulse-like sound Objects.

In his speech, the jury emphasized the musical line of the work, the control over the material, the sensibility of timbre and detail. The treatment of the 3D space of the work was highlighted as the spatialization being not a separate dimension of the composition, but as an organic feature of the sounds.

The work was first highlighted in September at the Audio mostly conference in St. Pölten, Austria where the audience voted the piece their favourite one.

Otto Iivari is currently a master’s student in electroacoustic composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Malle Maltis, and at the moment he is taking his Erasmus semester in Graz, Austria (University of Music and Performing Art Graz – institute of electronic music and acoustics).

Learn more here.

The conference „Performativity and Transgression“ takes place October 13–15, 2022 at the University of Tartu, it is organized by University of Tartu, the Institute of Cultural Studies, together with the Association of Nordic Theatre Scholars (ANTS) and the Union of Estonian Theatre Researchers and Critics (ETUKÜ).

The keynote speakers of the conference are Ene-Liis Semper (Estonia) and Ida Müller and Vegard Vinge (Germany/Norway).

Presentations will also be given by researchers, teachers and doctoral students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre:

  • Madli Pesti „The Reception of Transgressive Performances. The Case of NO99“
  • Ana Falcon „How a Performance Led to a Latnix Community Organisation in Estonia“
  • Luule Epner „Transgressive Collaborations: The Case of Von Krahl Theatre“
  • Tiit Ojasoo „Who Can Cross the Border?“
  • Jüri Nael „Transformative Learning Through Transgressive Performer Training Pedagogy in the Context of Higher Education“
  • Eva-Liisa Linder „Outsiders or Innovators? The Untold Story of Queer Theatre in Estonia“
  • Kristel Pappel „Law and Order in Estonian Musical Theatre“
  • Karl Saks „Sound Art and Performativity in Johhan Rosenberg „traps““

Registration to participate is open here until October 7 (participation fee is 20 euros).

For the full programme and further information, see the conference’s website

The e-shop of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is now open. You can buy these souvenirs with the EAMT symbolism:

  • pencil
  • ballpoint pen
  • tote bag
  • T-shirt
  • sweatshirt
  • silver badge

T-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags are made from environmentally sustainable materials.

E-shop is here: (also in English)

Orders can be picked up at the EAMT parcel machine on the first floor of the educational building or at Omniva parcel machines across Estonia.