Conductor and singer Endrik Üksvärav (b 1980) was graduated from Estonian Academy Music of Theatre as a conductor (BA) in 2004. Additionally, he studied trumpet and french horn. In 2011 he got MA degree in conducting.
Endrik Üksvärav has conducted different chamber choirs and orchestras. On 2010 he created Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir. The year 2011 was very remarkable – the choir was announced as „Choir of the year 2011“ in Estonia and he got the prize “Young conductor of the year”.
Also, in 2011 he started to focus more to the solo singing (tenor). He made debute in V. Meder baroque opera “Die Beständige Argenia”, performed as tenor soloist in Tallinn International Organ Music festival where he sang N. Bruns cantatas and J.S.Bach cantata BWV 194; In December 2011 he sang solo in Estonian composer U. Sisask´s „Christmas Oratorio“ and H. Schütz “Magnificat” and “Christmas Oratorio” (evangelist). In November 2011 he participated J.S. Bach music singing master course in Leipzig leaded by Peter Kooij and in March 2012 Bach singing master course in Michaelstein. In February 2012 he had a solo concert where he performed arias of Bach and Handel. In March he sang solos in J.S.Bach “St John’s Passion” with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (conductor D.Reuss). Also, in 2010 and 2011 he participated in the conducting courses of Jorma Panula (Berlin and Helsinki).
In Autumn 2012 he started to study Early Music Sining in the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. During the following years he has had different singing projects both in Estonia and in the Netherlands. In 2013 ha sang main role (Bernhard Schmidt) of Dominy Clements modern opera, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. Also, he was tenor soloist in Händel “Messiah”, conductor Anssi Mattila (Finland). In 2014 he sang Estonian premier of R.Panufnik (UK) “Generation of Love” (for piano, french horn and tenor) and participated in Utrecht Early Music Festival together with Peter Kooij and ensemble L`Armonia Sonora. The year was ended in the Netherlands with J.S.Bach “Weinachtsoratorium” (tenor soloist &evangelist). In 2015 he made his debute with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and sang tenor solo in Berlioz “Requiem” (conductor Tõnu Kaljuste), in May he participated in Arvo Pärt-Robert Wilson gigant-project “Adam´s Passion” and was tenor soloist in “Miserere” (conductor Tõnu Kaljuste) – it was also recorded to DVD. In September he sang “Miserere” and “Sarah Was 90 Years Old” during the Nargen festival Arvo Pärt Days (conducted by Paul Hillier). In February 2016 he participated Järvi Winter Academy for conductors and in July 2016 Järvi Academy Conducting course leaded by Neeme Järvi and Paavo Järvi.
Endrik Üksvärav is the artistic director of Pühalepa Music Festival.
Collegium Musicale with Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür. Photo: Kristel Üksvärav
Estonian chamber choir Collegium Musicale was founded by conductor Endrik Üksvärav in October 2010. The repertoire extends from renaissance to contemporary music. The special place in the repertoire belongs to the Estonian composers: Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve, Tõnu Kõrvits, Mirjam Tally, Pärt Uusberg etc. The aim is to offer high level musical emotions and be the ambassadors of Estonian music.
The choir has co-operated with different orchestras and ensembles – Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, baroque orchestra Barrocade (Israel), Corelli Consort, Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta, string quartet Prezioso etc and conductors including Tõnu Kaljuste, Andres Mustonen, Kaspars Putninš (LT), Aapo Häkkinen (FIN), Simon Carrington (UK), Jos van Veldhoven (Holland), Darrel Ang (Singapur/FRA), Mihhail Gerts, Toomas Vavilov.
Collegium Musicale has had concert tours in Italy (Rome, Arezzo, Gorizia etc), France, Russia, Finland, Germany, Poland, Czech, Malta and Japan. In Japan Estonian composers Erkki-Sven Tüür and Arvo Pärt participated in the choir’s concert in Tokyo.
Estonian Choral Association has announced Collegium Musicale twice as the Choir of the Year – 2011 and 2014. The CD “Peegel peeglis” has got the prize “Choral CD of the Year 2012” in Estonia.
Collegium Musicale is the member of Estonian Chamber Choir´s Association and Estonian Music Council.
“Peegel peeglis” (2012)
Music by Arvo Pärt & Pärt Uusberg
Live-recording of the concert in Tallinn in Niguliste church.
“Tallinn Mass” (2014)
Music by Roxanna Panufnik (UK)
Released by Warner Classics
2 CD “Unustatud rahvad” / “Forgotten peoples” (2014)
Music by Veljo Tormis
Live-recording of the concert in Tallinn in Mustpeade maja
2017 the choir have had concert tours in six countries: Israel (10 concerts), Holland, Poland, Germany, Russia, Finland (2 x).
Highlights of 2017:
– Choral works of Estonian-Swedish composer Mirjam Tally – concert in Tallinn
– Tour to Israel, incl Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis” Israel’s premiere
– Lera Auerbach “72 Angels” with Rascher Saxophone Quartett – Estonian premier, concerts in Tartu and in Tallinn
– Concert in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Chamber Choir – Estonian contemporary choral music
– Tšaikovsky opera “Jolanta” with the Novaja Opera soloists and orchestra from Moscow
– Concerts in Germany – Rhein Vocal Festival in Maria Laach, SWR2 broadcasted
– Tour to Karelia (Finland & Russia) – Veljo Tormis “Forgotten Peoples”
1 January at 16.00 bachFest2017 opening concert in St John’s church in Tallinn.
17 January at 19.00 “Self-portraits: Mirjam Tally” at Kultuurikatel (Cultural Hub)
11-26 February concert tour in Israel (Jerusalem and TelAviv)
8 April J.S.Bach “Johannes Passion”, Corelli Baroque Orchestra (in Narva)
9 April J.S.Bach “Johannes Passion”, Corelli Baroque Orchestra (in Tartu)
23 April Lera Auerbach “72 Angels”, Rascher Saxophone Quartet, in Tartu
25 April Lera Auerbach “72 Angels” Rascher Saxophone Quartet, in Tallinn
30 April concert with Netherlands Chamber Choir in Amstelkerk, Amsterdam
9 May concert in Szczen, Poland (Veljo Tormis “Forgotten people”)
11 June Nargenfestival Kreek’s Days concert in Haapsalu Dome Church. Music of Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek.
17 June Suure-Jaani Music Festival – J.S.Bach cantata ” Ein feste Burg” BWV 80
21-24 July concert tour in Germany:
22 July concert in St. Blasien. Festival Internationale Domkonzerte St. Blasien
23 July concert in Maria Laach. Festival RheinVokal
26 July Mustjala festival
30 July – 3 August concerts in Karelia areas. Veljo Tormis “Forgotten Peoples”
5 August VI Pühalepa Music Festival on island Hiiumaa
6 August Tallinn International Organ Festival. J.S.Bach BWV 235 and BWV 236
3 October CM 7 anniversary concert in Tallinn
15 October EBU choral competition “Let the people sing” in Helsinki Music Centre
27 November St John’s church in Tallinn and 28 November in St Paul Church in Tartu: Pärt Uusberg “Õhtu ilu” and Vivaldi “Gloria”.
3 December Arthur Honegger “Le Roi David”
1 January V Tallinn bachFest opening concert. J.S.Bach “Christmas Oratorio” IV, soloists, orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
3 January V Tallinn bachFest concert. J.S.Bach “Christmas Oratorio” V, soloists, orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
6 January V Tallinn bachFest concert. J.S.Bach “Christmas Oratorio” VI, soloists, orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
14 February concert in Oleviste church in Tallinn
25 February Järvi Winter Academy. Puccini “Messa di Gloria” in Pärnu
26 February Järvi Winter Academy. Puccini “Messa di Gloria” in Paide
27 February Järvi Winter Academy. Puccini “Messa di Gloria” in Tartu
10 March Rein Rannap “Concerto in Rock”
1 April Tallinn Music Week: world premiers of Mirjam Tally “Sinu vari” / “Your Shadow” and Jaak Sooäär “Kus on vaikus, sinner koguneb tolm”. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
16 April Andres Uibo 60! Conductor Darrel Ang (Singapur / FRA)
29 April concert-exam of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre conducting students (Miina Pärn and Mari Kalling)
1 June concert-exam of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre conducting students (Mirell Jakobson, Roland Viilukas, Oliver Povel-Puusepp, Ayaka Ueda)
22 July concert in Mustjala Music Festival in Saaremaa: Veljo Tormis “Forgotten peoples”. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
30 July concert in Tallinn XXX International Organ Festival.
5 August opening concert of V Pühalepa music festival: Arvo Pärt.
20 August night concert in Haapsalu Dome Church
3 October the 6. Anniversary concert of Collegium Musicale in Kultuurikatel.
30 October in Niguliste church Estonian premier of Tõnu Kõrvits “Stabat Mater” and world premier of Tõnu Kõrvits “Linnuteelaul”.
2 November in Jõhvi church Tõnu Kõrvits “Stabat Mater” & “Linnuteelaev”.
14 December J.S.Bach “Christmas Oratorio” with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and soloists. Conductor Aapo Häkkinen. Tallinn, Estonia.
15 December J.S.Bach “Christmas Oratorio” with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and soloists. Conductor Aapo Häkkinen. Oulu, Finland.
17 December J.S.Bach “Christmas Oratorio” with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and soloists. Conductor Aapo Häkkinen. Helsinki, Finland.
Estonian Choral Association named Collegium Musicale “Choir of the Year 2014”
Photo: Composer Erkki-Sven Tüür with “Choir of the Year 2014”
1 January at 4 pm in Tallinn St John´s church IV Tallinn Bach festival opening concert with orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
7 January IV Tallinn Bach festival, final concert with orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Toomas Vavilov.
25 January Concert of Estonian Choral Association. Conductor Miina Pärn.
8 February at 2 pm in Niguliste church in Tallinn – MustonenFest: Knaifel.
Mixed Choir Latvija, Collegium Musicale, Estonian National Opera Boy’s Choir. Conductor Andres Mustonen.
21 March Celebration of European Early Music Day – Bach 330 concert in Tallinn. Collegium Musicale, soloists, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra. Conductor Aapo Häkkinen (Finland)
4 May concert-exam (Kristjan-Jaanek Mölder)
10 July festival Klaaspärlimäng: Collegium Musicale, orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Andres Mustonen.
11 July Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Toila. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
31 July Tallinn International Organ Festival, opening concert, W.A.Mozart “Missa brevis”. Collegium Musicale, orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta, soloists: Marta Paklar, Maarja Helstein, Markus Leppoja ja Kristjan-Jaanek Mölder. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
6 August Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Tõrva. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav
7 August Arvo Pärt80 -Tallinn International Organ festival, concert in Pärnu
8 August Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Kuusalu church. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav)
9 August Arvo Pärt 80 – Tallinn International Organ Festival, final concert. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
16 August Veljo Tormims85 -concert in Lihula. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav
19 August Veljo Tormis85 – Kilingi-Nõmme. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
20 August Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Palamuse church. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
21 august Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Tapa church. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
3 September Arvo Pärt 80 – Nargenfestival “Pärdi Päevad” (Days of Arvo Pärt) concert in Tallinn. Yxus Ensemble. Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (UK, organ). Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
5 September Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Vigala Church. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
16 September Veljo Tormis 85 – concert in Mooste. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
3 October at 18 Collegium Musicale 5th birthday concert in Mustpeade maja in Tallinn. World premier of Helena Tulve choral work “See algab”
12 October concert “Three Estonian stars: Pärt, Tormis, Tüür” in Brno, Czech. Festival Moravsky autumn.
24 October concert in Poznan, Poland. Nostalgia festival. Polish premier of Arvo Pärt “Adam’s Lament” with festival orchestra.
1 November concert “Three Estonian stars: Pärt, Tormis Tüür” in Kauniaisten church, Finalnd. Kauniaisten Music Festival.
25 November concert in Malta. Contmporary Art Biennale. World premier of Reuben Pace “Versus of God and man”
5 December Sergei Rachmaninov “All-Night Vigil”, with EPCC, conductor Kaspars Putninš
20 December Palestrina “Missa Papae Marcelli” in Kadrioru castle. Conductor Miina Pärn.
29 December world premier of Baby Symphony. Composers Margo Kõlar and Liis Viira + babies born on 2015.
1 January III Tallinn Bach Festival. J.S.Bach BWV 123. Conductor Toomas Vavilov
6 January III Tallinn Bach Festival. J.S.Bach BWV 171. Conductor Toomas Vavilov
22 January CD presentation in London: R.Panufnik “Dance of Life.Tallinn Mass” by Warner Classics
25 January concert of Estonian Choral Association
4 February MustonenFest: In memoriam John Tavener. Conductors Andres Mustonen and Endrik Üksvärav
28 March Tallinn Music Week 2 concerts:
– Works by Mirjam Tally
– Works by Mariliis Valkonen.
23 April new works of Estonian contemporary composers: Maria Kõrvits and Peeter Volkonski
24 April concert-exam – Benjamin Kirk
15 May concert-exam – Allan Tamme
6 June Türi Spring Festival: concert in Türi church
28-29 June Naissaare I Song Festival
5-6. July Estonian Song Festival “Aja puudutus. Puudutuse aeg”
10 July Viljandi Ealry Music Festival: Schein ja Palestrina
13 July concert in Rooslepa chapel
24 July Rapla Church Music Festival: concert in Velise church
6 August Nargen festival: V.Tormis “Unustatud rahvad” performance
7 August Nargen festival: V.Tormis “Unustatud rahvad” concert
10 August Tallinn International Organ festival, final concert. Hugo Leppnurm “Lunastus Kristuses”. Orchestra Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
16 August Pühalepa music festival: Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis” (2013) Estonian premier in Pühalepa church
21 August workshop with Estonian contemorary music, choir conductors´ seminar-camp in Vigala
1 October International Music Day (2 concerts in Tallinn).
3 October choir´s birthday concert “On the way to Japan”
8-18 October Karuizawa International Choral Festival in Japan + concert in Tokyo (16.10): Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis” Japanese premier
31 October Pärnu Concert Hall. Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis”, Palestrina “Missa Papae Marelli”.
1 November Tartu St John´s Church. Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis”, Palestrina “Missa Papae Marelli”.
2 November Jõhvi Concert Hall. Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis”, Palestrina “Missa Papae Marelli”.
8 November Niguliste church in Tallinn. Erkki-Sven Tüür “Missa brevis”, Palestrina “Missa Papae Marelli”
27 December at 18 Haapsalu Dome Church Christmas concert (Bach, Pärt, Tüür, Uusberg etc)
In 2014 Collegium Musicale participated in the Karuizawa International Choir Festival, Japan. The concert tour in Japan included Erkki-Sven Tüür´s “Missa brevis” Japanese premier. Photo: Composers Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür with Endrik Üksvärav after the concert in Tokyo
Endrik Üksvärav received the annual prize of Cultural Endowment of Estonia as conductor, soloist and founder of Pühalepa Music Festival.
Estonian Choral Association announced our live-recorded CD “Peegel peeglis” to the “Choral CD of the Year 2012″
31 March concert with contemporary Estonian music
20 Aprill Erkki-Sven Tüür “Psalmoodiad”, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste.
23-26 May recording of R.Panufnik (UK) “Mass of Tallinn”. By Warner Classics.
4 June concert of Veljo Tormis music in Tallinn. Conductor Miina Pärn.
13-16 June concerts in Russia in Petroskoi – Karelian Song Festival
19 June concert “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” in Tartu – music of J.S.Bach, Rudolf Tobias and Erkki-Sven Tüür.
25 June concert “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” in Tallinn. Works by J.S.Bach, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Rudolf Tobias.
16-20 July concert tour in Italy in Gorizia
1-4 August Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival 2013, Germany. Conductor Eric Whitacre.
11 August Tallinn International Organ festival, final concert
3 October Collegium Musicale 3rd birthday concert: Tüür, Tobias, Tormis.
1 November V.Tormis “Unustatud rahvad/Forgotten peoples” in Tartu, Estonian premier
4 November V.Tormis “Unustatud rahvad/Forgotten peoples” in Tallinn, Estonian premier
18 December Christmas concert “Ave Maria” in Tallinn. Pärt Uusberg “Ave Maria” world premier.
28 January Estonian Choral Association annunced Collegium Musicale as „The Choir of the Year 2011“
9 March concert in Tapa
15 March concert in Tallinn
1 April Palm Sunday concert with Corelli Baroque Orchestra. Bach cantatas BWV 134 and BWV 186. Conductor Endrik Üksvärav.
6 – 7 April concerts „Stabat Mater“ with early music ensemble Hortus Musicus in Jõhvi, in Tallinn and in Pärnu, conductor Andres Mustonen.
8-10 June concert in Rome in Italy – 3rd Sacred Music Festival
13-14 June concerts in Tartu and in Tallinn. Music of two Estionian composers Arvo Pärt (b 1935) and Pärt Uusberg (b 1983) were performed.
10 July concert in Narva
21-28 July six concerts during the festival Chorus Laureatus in Vaison de la Romaine in France
1-10 august concerts in connection with Tallinn International Organ Festival. Co-operation work with David Timm (organ).
21-22 september IV International Chamber Choir Competition in Finland, the choir reached the final round
3 October Collegium Musicale 2nd birthday concert: Pärt, Tüür, Uusberg. Broadcasted by Estonian Classical Radio to Euroradio Nordic-Baltic contemporary musicprogram.
25 Noveber Concert “Mart Saar 130” in Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn
13 December Concert “Christmas with Vivaldi” in Tallinn
27 December Christmas concert with early music ensemble “Hortus Musicus” in Tartu (conductors Andres Mustonen and Endrik Üksvärav)
29 December Christmas concert with early music ensemble “Hortus Musicus” in Tallinn (conductors Andres Mustonen and Endrik Üksvärav)
26 March Collegium Musicale was chosen to participate in Estonian Music Days/Tallinn Music Week that was directed mainly to different professionals (festival managers, promoters conductors etc) from abroad. The choir presented the works of Estonian young composer Pärt Uusberg.
2 April Collegium Musciale had a live-recording in Tallinn Niguliste Church. Recording was made for Estonian Recording Production www.erp.ee
14-15 April the choir participated in the XII International Choir Festival „Tallinn 2011“ and got the III price (Chamber Choirs Category)
1 June concert of Collegium Musicale in Tallinn in Toompea (in conncetion with Tallinn Old Town Days)
2 June Collegium Musicale had an honor to perform during the gala-event in Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn that was directed for Monaco Prince Albert II
6-11 July 50th International Choir Festival “Seghizzi 2011” in Italy in Gorizia – Grand Prix!
15-19 september International Choir Festival in Arezzo in Italy (European Grand Prix competition) – II prize in Grand Prix round
27 September the choir participated in the Estonian Composers Union and European Cultural Capital Tallinn 2011 co-operation project and brought to the stage Erkki-Sven Tüür „Psalmoodia“
3 October – choir´s 1st birthday concert in Tallinn City Hall
22 Ocotber – concert in Lihula Music School in West-Estonia
2 Novemebr – Concert „In Paradisum“. V.Persicetti (USA) Missa Op 84 and Pärt Uusberg´s (Estonia) works were performed.
On 3rd October first gathering and rehearsal of Collegium Musicale took place.
30 November – the 1st concert to the friends in Tallinn Music House.
16 December singing in Estonian National TV morning program
16 December the first official concert – Estonian conductor Olev Oja 75!