How many years have you played in the Baltic Sea Philharmonic?
‘Waterworks’ was my first tour with the orchestra.
What do you like most about playing in the Baltic Sea Philharmonic?
I like that everyone is enjoying what they’re doing. It’s wonderful to see how enthusiastic the musicians are, and how Kristjan gives energetic, sometimes even crazy impulses to make the orchestra sound not like a regular orchestra but more like a band whose members are allowed to show their individuality and musicality.
How old were you when started learning your instrument?
I was five when I was first introduced to the violin.
Which musicians have inspired you the most?
Probably the biggest inspiration for me is to see my musician friends being successful in the music world. To see them grow as musicians, study at prestigious schools and have a bright start to their career makes me look up to them. They might be the next world-famous artists, so why not support their work and talent right now and be inspired by them?
Which orchestral work would you most like to play with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic?
Something by Debussy, such as La mer, Nocturnes or Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
What’s been the best moment of your Baltic Sea Philharmonic experience so far?
Having fun in the school concerts
What’s your favourite piece of music by a composer from your home country?
Estonia has so many great composers, so it’s difficult to choose. Because everyone knows Arvo Pärt and Eduard Tubin, I’ll pick someone else: Heino Eller’s Koit (Dawn) is an excellent orchestral piece, and for my instrument there is a beautiful piece called The Poem of Love by Artur Lemba. The tradition of Estonian choir singing is very important for me, and the composer Cyrillus Kreek wrote some amazingly beautiful songs such as The Psalms of David Nos. 104 and 141.
If you weren’t going to be a musician, what would you have done instead?
Whatever I did instead of music, I would still be into music a lot. Maybe I would have had my own little custom-made lingerie boutique, or I would be working with abandoned dogs.
Apart from family and friends, what do miss most about home when you’re away?
Besides the important people at home, nothing really