July 17, 2014

Arvo Pärt has been awarded the 2014 Praemium Imperiale award for music. The composer will receive the prize in a ceremony held in Tokyo on 15 October.

June 10, 2014

The ensemble Contakt will be performing Spiegel im Spiegel (violin and piano) on 21st June at 7 pm at Schott's Recital Room, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB. Miore information can be found on their website.

May 28, 2014

Archive video of the Kennedy Center concert from May 27th is available here.

May 21, 2014

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallin Chamber Orchestra and Tõnu Kaljuste will present "Estonia in Concert: The Music of Arvo Pärt" on May 27, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. More information can be found here.

There will be a 24 hour radio marathon of Pärt's music on Saturday May 24, 2014, curated by Prof. Toomas Siitan, hosted by Helga Davis, and produced by Alex Ambrose. More information here.

Arvo Pärt in Boston, Washington and New York
Arvo Pärt Project

Arvo Pärt will visit the United States from the middle of May until June. The composer will attend several performances of his music and receive honorary degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston and the St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York.

Furthermore, he will attend the world première of My Heart’s in the Highlands for alto, violin, viola, violoncello and piano. Originally composed for countertenor and organ, the work now ventures beyond a church setting for the first time.

Arvo Pärt: My Heart’s in the Highlands
for alto, string trio and piano | 8'30''
world prem. 29.05.2014, The Phillips Collection, Washington; Iris Oja, a; Harry Traksmann, vln; Laur Eensalu, vla; Leho Karin, vc; Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, pno

January 30, 2014

Swan Song (Littlemore Tractus for string orchestra and percussion) was premiered in Salzburg on January 29th. Click here for a photo from the concert. A rebroadcast of the concert can be heard on February 9th. Details here:

Arvo Pärt: Swan Song
Wiener Philharmoniker, cond. Marc Minkowski
Mozwart Week Salzburg; recording of the world première on 29 January; Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg
Sunday, 09.02.2014, 11:03 | Ö1
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January 24, 2014

January 2014 features two festivals that are dedicated to Arvo Pärt and one festival that focuses on the composer’s music.

The Focus! 2014 festival begins on 24 January at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Joel Sachs, the founder and director of the festival, dedicated this year’s programme to Alfred Schnittke, who was a close friend of Pärt. Nine works by Pärt will be performed, including the world première of the new and revised version of La Sindone on 24 January.

The Bruckner Orchestra Linz, led by Dennis Russell Davies, and Musica Sacra present a Pärt festival that runs from 25 to 31 January. On the programme: a choir concert, a piano recital (Dennis Russel Davies with Maki Namekawa), three concerts with the Bruckner Orchestra and performances of the Symphony No. 4 Los Angeles and Silhouette in Linz and Vienna. Altogether 19 works by Pärt will be played.

14 works by the composer will be performed during the Mozart Week Salzburg. Among them are the world première of Swan Song for orchestra (Vienna Philharmonic, cond. Marc Minkowski) on 29 January and the Austrian première of Adam’s Lament (Camerata Salzburg, Latvian Radio Choir, cond. Tõnu Kaljuste) on 1 February.

The composer will be present at several of the concerts in Linz, Salzburg and Vienna.

Arvo Pärt: La Sindone
for orchestra | 11'
0 0 0 0 - 0 1 1 0 - timp, perc(4), str
world première of the new and revised version. 24.01.2014, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York; New Juilliard Ensemble, cond. Joel Sachs

Arvo Pärt: Swan Song
for orchestra | 6'
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 0 - timp, hp, glock, str
world prem. 29.01.2014, Großes Festpielhaus, Salzburg; Wiener Philharmoniker, cond. Marc Minkowski

January 20, 2014

The Orchestre Régional de Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur will be performing Swan Song on January 16, 2015 at Théatre Croisette in Cannes.

January 16, 2014

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski provided a link to his article titled Arvo Pärt on Gregorian Chant.

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