Festival Baltic States

Discover the extraordinary musical landscape of the Baltics from 16 to 25 February 2018!

Although they are among the smaller European nations with just over six million inhabitants, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have not only produced many well-known conductors, instrumentalists and singers, but also three contemporary choral music cultures that have found international acclaim in recent decades. 100 years ago, the three countries declared their hard-won independence. To mark this occasion, we are opening the doors and halls for the ten-day Baltic Festival!

Chief conductor Iván Fischer and the Konzerthausorchester will dedicate an entire programme to perhaps the most famous composer of the Baltic region, Arvo Pärt. And, of course, there will also be a range of choral symphonic works to enjoy during the festival. For instance, the Latvian State Choir “Latvija”, together with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi, will perform the oratorio “Jonah’s Mission” by Rudolf Tobias.

An absolute must on such an occasion: traditional music! The fiddler Maarja Nuut from Estonia will perform, the Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis is on the programme, and naturally also the Latvian a cappella ensemble Latvian Voices.

After the festival: Adam’s Passion

Two years after the premiere in Tallinn, the celebrated collaborative work of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson arrives at Gendarmenmarkt. After being exiled from the Garden of Eden, Adam foresees all the catastrophes of mankind and blames himself. Ultimately, however, he once again seeks the love of God. The musical components of “Adam’s Passion” include the choral works “Adam’s Lament” and “Miserere”, the double concerto for two violins “Tabula Rasa” and the newly composed “Sequentia” dedicated to Robert Wilson. The star director captures the story of creation and destruction in highly expressive images which are full of symbolism.