Andres Mustonen

 Andres Mustonen graduated as a violinist from Tallinn Music High School in 1972 and Tallinn State Conservatory with Prof. Endel Lippus in 1977. He has furthered his studies of early music in Austria and Holland. As an early music specialist, he has lectured and instructed master classes in Estonia and abroad.

As a conductor he has worked with many acknowledged orchestras, such as the Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta R?ga, Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Russian National Academic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Musica Viva Academic Chamber Orchestra. He continuously cooperates with national orchestras of Lithuania and Latvia, city orchestras of Finland and Sweden, Helsinki City Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra.

As a conductor and violinist his repertoire includes pieces of early music as well as of new music. He places a special significance on religious oratorical masterpieces by composers like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anton Bruckner, Heinrich Schütz, Georg Philipp Telemann, Dmitri Shostakovich, Manuel Cardoso and others. Andres Mustonen has given the Estonian premiere of music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Gija Kancheli, T?ru Takemitsu, Sofia Gubaidulina, Vladimir Martõnov and Valentin Silvestrov. Mustonen is in close creative contact with many Estonian composers like Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva and others.

In 1972, he founded an early music consort Hortus Musicus and since then has been its artistic director and conductor. Since the founding of the ensemble, Hortus Musicus has been performing constantly on the world’s concert stages and at music festivals, such as Utrecht Festival, the Malmö Baroque, the Mozart-Fest in Chemnitz, the Jaffa Festival in Israel, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London, the Scottish Early Music Festival in Glasgow, the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Bratislava Music Festival, David Oistrakh Festival, KlaraFestival, Tallinn Internatoinal Organ Festival, Rapla Church Music Festival, Festival Trialogus, the Glasperlenspiel Festival and others.

With his activities he has expanded and influenced Estonian musical life. He has conducted and directed several concert series (Grand Academy of Music, Gate Tower Music) and festivals like Tallinn Baroque Music Festival, which has grown out of a series of winter baroque music concerts in the historical Tallinn Old Town and the Tartu University Hall.