The only adult amateur symphony orchestra in Tallinn
A very young University orchestra
with many collaborations
Background and Experience
The Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra was formed in September 2013 on the initiative of the Estonian Symphony Orchestras Association, and includes about 50 students, alumni and staff members.
During its short period of existence, the orchestra has quickly risen to a high artistic level, with a wide-ranging and demanding concert repertoire and a busy performance schedule to prove it. The conductor of the orchestra is Martin Sildos.
The Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra is the only adult amateur symphony orchestra in Tallinn. Already the first performances in the end of 2013 at Doctoral Commencement Ceremony and university Christmas concert received praise, both from university members as well as from professional musicians.
Over the years, the orchestra has toured to Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. In 2015 the orchestra received the annual award of the Estonian Symphony Orchestras Association and the Best creative project award of the Tallinn University in 2015 and 2017.The orchestra has collaborated with different choirs and orchestras, singers, dancers, visual artists, also with audiovisual media students in many live broadcasts of our concerts and recording film music for short movies of Baltic Film and Media School students.
The orchestra consists mainly of students from Tallinn University (different majors e.g. French language and literature; Special education; Government and Politics), also international students, alumni and staff members (both teaching and administration, also international staff members). As the only amateur orchestra in Tallinn, when possible we also accept students from other universities (Estonian Music and Theater Academy, Tallinn University of Technology). The number of members varies every season as ERASMUS students go back to finish their studies and local students graduate. Paid staff consists of the conductor and unpaid of the orchestra manager. Orchestra members are involved in organizing concerts and bigger projects.
Activities and experience
Every year the orchestra has between 15 to 25 performances including university ceremonies, collaborations with university choirs and folk dance group, one cooperation with University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra, collaboration with Estonian composers and soloists, orchestra’s own organized concerts, recordings, participating in TV productions or films, chamber music concerts in schools, rehearsal weekends and collaborations with music school orchestras outside of Tallinn etc.
The Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra is active also on international level, in addition to touring with the orchestra abroad, we have sent our members to project orchestras in Seoul International Community Orchestra (2017, 2018), European Student Orchestra (2019, 2020) and our wind players participated as an ensemble in Eurorchestries festival in Provence (2018) and in 2020 we executed chamber music project with Orchestre Symphonique des Etudiants de Louvain-la-Neuve (wind quintet composed of members from both orchestras, repertoire from Estonian and Belgium composers and concerts in Tallinn and Louvain).
Janne Jakobson is a culture sector professional, focused on work in orchestra management and with music theater production. Currently working as a project manager for Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Production manager for International music theater festival Birgitta festival and as manager for Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra. For 9 years she worked as Events manager in Tallinn University and while organising university events (graduation ceremonies, inauguration of rector, receptions, freshers week etc), she also coordinated the work of university choirs, folk dance ensemble and was one of the founders of the Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra.
Martin Sildos is the conductor of the Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra since 2013. He has worked with multiple symphony and chambers orchestras as well as several choirs. He has had many European collaborations which can bring an added value to the project.