In memoriam Veljo Tormis (7.08.1930–21.01.2017)

Collegium Musicale


In memoriam Veljo Tormis (7.08.1930–21.01.2017)

We are very sad to announce that Estonian composer Veljo Tormis died at the age of 86 on Saturday, 21 January 2017.

We are very thankful for the possibility to work with him, thankful for his time and passion to teach us. In Autumn 2013 he participated in every rehearsal we had and both we and himself waited for these meetings very much. The result of that was the Estonian premiere of choral cycle “Forgotten Peoples” (November 4, 2013 in Tallinn).  Estonian National TV compiled a program of that. It is available here

On the 1st of October 2014, International Day of Music,  we surprised him with our greetings on the door of his house:

Year 2015 was celebrated in Estonia as Year of Music. We had the honour to open the special TV program with music of Veljo Tormis :