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In February, MustonenFest 2014 takes many Israeli musicians to Estonia, and continues as Tallinn – Tel Aviv musical meeting point in Hatakhana


This festival that was started in 1989 by Andres Mustonen and Hortus Musicus as a series of baroque concert has evolved into a major festival, has had different names, has expanded its stylistic scope and has brought many famous musicians to Estonia. It continues now, for a third year, as MustonenFest, with Andres Mustonen as its engine and artistic director.

“MustonenFest is dedicated to art that is alive. Every day, we create a new musical world, and at the same time, we are strongly linked to traditions and to the past,” he says. “This year, the focus is on the Middle East, and also the Holocaust. Therefore, at the opening concert we perform the “Symphony of Sad Songs” by Mikolaj Gorecki”, written in 1976 and dedicated to the Holocaust.

David Ensemble with Coptic songs, British ensemble La Serenissima with Vivaldi cantatas, Italian cellist Mario Brunello with Schumann and world music, and Estonian choirs with the mystical hymns of late John Tavener perform at the festival. Noticeably, there are many Israeli artists: Israel Camerata orchestra , Taysir Elias (ud), Menachem Wiesenberg (piano),  Bracha Kol (mezzosoprano and recorder), and Gil Shochat (piano). Look at:

The festival takes place in Tallinn, and other cities in Estonia, from January 30 to February 8. It continues as Tallinn – Tel Aviv international festival in Tel Aviv Hatakhana compound from 20 to 24 February. Estonian National Opera soloists Helen Lokuta, Teele Jõks, Pavlo Balakin, but also Art Jazz Quartet, Hortus Musicus ensemble, and Tuule Kann on Nordic harp, will perform together with Israeli artists in 6 concerts. Read more on




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