The first international Music Olympics begin in Tallinn on April 25th, drawing 50 visitors from five countries outside Estonia and, as distinguished VIP, composer Arvo Pärt.
The event also opens tonight to the public in a 18:00 concert at the Hopner House, featuring the Academy of Music mixed choir performing works by Pärt and Veljo Tormis.
The patron of the event, which winds down on the 28th with a 19:00 final concert, is longtime Academy of Music rector Peep Lassmann.
"Domestic music Olympics have been held in Estonia since 2002. We want to share our experiences with European colleges as well," said the Music Teachers Association's external relations coordinator Ene Kangron.
The event is a contrast to most music competitions that focus on one skill, she said.
The competition will take place in two age groups - 12 to 14 and 15 to 18-year-olds. Participants are coming from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Slovenia.
The competition has three phases - an original composition, performance of a song and written assignments. The composer must be one of the performers, and the piece must be acoustic. The written assignments include listening exercises.
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