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Cantori New York program features US premiere of Tüür's Requiem
by Adria Quinones and John Lad for Vocal Area Network
Posted May 29, 2003

Cantori New YorkOn Sunday, June 1, Cantori New York, led by Artistic Director Mark Shapiro, will perform "Cantori and Strings," a concert of contemporary works for chorus and chamber orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall at 7:30 PM. Featured is the U.S. premiere of Erkki-Sven Tüür's Requiem. Tüür has been hailed by Gramophone magazine as Estonia’s "newest rising star" and "one of contemporary music’s most individual voices." His Requiem (1994) has been downright popular in Europe, having been performed more than 30 times since its premiere, but he is only beginning to be discovered by American audiences.

A largely-self taught percussionist and pianist, Tüür (born 1959) studied flute and composition more formally at the Estonian Academy of Music with Jaan Rääts and privately with Lepo Sumera. He came of age as a composer during the days of perestroika, the beginning of the end of the Cold War that led to the breakup of the Soviet Union. With increased freedom came increased exposure to music of the West. For Tüür, rock and classical mus