Music of Tõnu Kõrvits is filled with highly poetical imagery. It varies from gentle and fragile sound paintings to dramatic orchestral textures, full of vivacity and passion. Composer's heedful treatment of melodic lines is combined with well-considered timbre choice. Last years Oriental melodic styles and Estonian folk song are reflected in his work.After completing his studies at the Estonian Academy of Music with Raimo Kangro in 1994, Tõnu Kõrvits was engaged in postgraduate studies with Prof. Jaan Rääts 1994–1998. He has participated in master courses for young arrangers (e.g. with the Metropole Orchestra and conductor Vince Mendoza in Hilversum, Holland, in 1997) and in the master class of composer Stephen Montague in Gdansk, Poland, in 1998.
Since 2001, Tõnu Kõrvits is a lecturer of composition and instrumentation at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He also was the Composer-in-Residence with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra for the 2003/2004 concert season.

Tõnu Kõrvits

 Music of Tõnu Kõrvits has been performed at several festivals, including ArtGenda (Copenhagen, 1996, Rainbird`s Home), Silesian Days of Contemporary Music (Katowice, 1998, Dome Music), Usedomer Musikfestival (1999), Lockenhaus (1999, For You, the Messenger of Night commissioned by Festival Committee), World Saxophone Congress (Montreal, 2000, Assignation), Music of Friends (Moscow, 2002), Europamusicale (Germany, 2004, Afterglow), Musica nos unit (Gdansk, 2004, Wildflower; premiere of Wild Birds).
In 1994, Tõnu Kõrvits’ Concerto Semplice for guitar and chamber orchestra was chosen to represent Estonia at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris, The Sign Of Love for symphony orchestra participated at Rostrum in Vienna, 2003. The Days of Glory represented Estonia in the Millennium Project of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). In addition to writing contemporary compositions in the classical idiom, Tõnu Kõrvits is known as an accomplished arranger and orchestrator of popular music, he was a nominee for the Estonian Music Award ‘98 in the Best Arranger category. He has composed soundtracks for several animation films.
Tõnu Kõrvits was awarded The Heino Eller Music Prize in 2001, the Young Artist Prize by the Board of the President’s Cultural Foundation in 2002 and the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia in 2004. Kõrvits’ symphonic work Eldorado won the Third Prize at the International Lepo Sumera Composition Contest for Young Composers in Tallinn in 2003. 

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Here some works to hear in Real Audio or MP3

Concerto semplice for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra
Tiit Peterson, Guitar, Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Vello Pähn (2000)

First Movement Second Movement Third Movement
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Tõnu Kõrvits (geb. 1969) hat Komposition bei Raimo Kangro studiert und zeigte sich am Anfang seines Schaffens als Autor mit minimalistischen Tendenzen. Er bevorzugt langsame Tempi und liebt die klassische Gitarre, der er interessante Werke widmet, obwohl (oder vielleicht gerade weil?) er selbst dieses Instrument nicht spielt.

Tõnu Kõrvits (1969) a étudié la composition auprès de Raimo Kangro et révéla, dans ses premières oeuvres, un intérêt pour le minimalisme. Il privilégie les tempos lents et la guitare classique pour laquelle il écrit des compositions intéressantes, bien qu'il ­ ou peut­être pour cette raison­même? ­ ne pratique pas cet instrument.


I.L.Y.B. (1991) für zwei Gitarren ( ILYB-.mid)

Kiss on the water für zwei Gitarren

Suite für zwei Gitarren

A long Good-Bye (Pikk hüvastijätt) for guitar and piano, written for Kalle Randalu (piano) & Boris Björn Bagger (guitar)


Concerto semplice
für Gitarre und Kammerorchester

Symphonie für großes Orchester