Friday 28th April, 11am
Mixed choir HUIK! was formed in September 2009 by the students of Collegium Educationis Revaliae (VHK). HUIK! considers it important to cooperate with the younger generation of Estonian composers, and to contribute to Estonian new music performances. The choir has premiered the choral pieces of Kadri Laanes, Pärt Uusberg, Evelin Seppar and Robert Jürjendal.
HUIK! has successfully participated in several domestic and foreign choir competitions over the years. For example, in 2015, at the 20th Estonian Mixed Choir Singing Competition "Tuljak" HUIK! won first place in the A category. The choir's recent achievements include second place with 97 points at the Austrian international choir competition "Ave verum".
Moreover, the choir has collaborated with many well-known Estonian music collectives such as Pärnu City Orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Percussion Ensemble, and the Uue Tänava Orchestra over the years. They have brought to the stage the major works of composers such as Eino Tamberg, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Frank Martin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and others.
Since 2022, HUIK!'s chief conductor is Ode Pürg. The choirmaster is Mari Roos, and the vocal coach is Egle Veltmann.
Ode Pürg (1999) began her conducting studies at Tallinn Music High School (2014) in Ingrid Kõrvits’ choral conducting class. She graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), receiving her Bachelor’s degree in choral conducting (cum laude) under professors Tõnu Kaljuste, Kaspar Mänd and Toomas Kapten (2021). She is currently studying for a master's degree in the same university. Pürg has further developed her conducting skill in the “Sing Ireland” masterclass (2019) with Dr. Zoltan Pad and at the Järvi Summer Academy with Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Leonid Grin (2021).
Since 2022, Ode Pürg is the chief conductor of mixed choir HUIK! In addition, she’s also the founder and the conductor of Female Chamber Choir “Musamari”, formed in 2019. Working with these groups has given her the ability for many thriving musical collaborations. In the spring of 2022, she was the chorus master for the performance of Antonín Dvořák’s “Stabat Mater” with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Chamber Choir “Collegium Musicale” and FCC “Musamari”. In Autumn, Mixed Choir HUIK! gave two exciting concerts with Estonian Percussion Quartet, performing Gene Koshinski’s Concerto for Marimba and Choir and Robert Jürjendal’s newly written piece.
Saturday 29th April, 8pm