Member of the European Conference of Promoters of New Music, the Réseau Varèse network, the Estonian Music Festivals
Artistic directors Erkki-Sven Tüür and Madis Kolk
Producer Neeme Punder, assistant producer Tiiu Valper
The first NYYD Festival took place in 1991, coinciding with the rebirth of the independence in Estonia.
Aims of the festival:
- to provide an international forum for composers and performers, seeking and encouraging new ideas and concepts, adventures and achievements in the variety of phenomena in music of our time;
- to create a communication and learning platform for local musicians, particularly for new talent, inspiring cutting-edge new works, encouraging venture into new creative areas; developing paths of integration into international music scene, stimulating artistic collaborations and partnerships;
- to inform, enthuse and expand festival audiences, offering a fascinating panorama of contemporary music;
- to enrich cultural seasons of the city and the country, to promote abroad the vibrancy of the Estonian cultural life; to strive to become a fresh open-minded voice at the international arena of new music.
Eleven previous editions of the NYYD have commissioned and world premiered 173 new works, mostly by Estonian composers. Nearly full programmes of all editions have consisted of works performed for the first time in Estonia.
Significant composers of our time have visited the NYYD Festivals, also meeting with audiences and students or performing: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Tristan Murail, Magnus Lindberg, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Gavin Bryars, Kaija Saariaho, Brett Dean, Peteris Vasks, Rolf Wallin, Michel van der Aa, York Höller.
The leading Estonian performers of new music have been regular partners of the festival: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Opera, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Male Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Küberstuudio, Ensemble U:, Voces Musicales, Reval Ensemble, Weekend Guitar Trio, Electronic Music Studio of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The NYYD Ensemble, leaded by Olari Elts, the internationally most successful Estonian contemporary music group, started as an ensemble of young musicians at the NYYD '93.
Performers from all over the world have participated at NYYD Festivals:
Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Kronos Quartet, Arditti Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble, Kroumata, Avanti!, Orkest de Volharding, Court-Circuit, Piano Circus, Icebreaker, Swingle Singers, Rascher Saxophone Quartet, Les Temps Modernes, BIT 20 Ensemble, Michael Gordon Philharmonic, Hae Sun Kang & IRCAM, Song Company, 2e2m, Contrechamps, David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir, Kazue Sawai Koto Ensemble, Sharunas Nakas Ensemble, Singcircle, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Agon Orchestra, Algoritmo, Phoenix, Latvija Choir, Singer Pur, Centro Richerche Musicali, Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Paul Giger, Fatima Miranda, Alvin Lucier, Stefano Scodanibbio, L'art pour l'art, Het Trio, Gothenburg Combo, Edwin van der Heide - Anne Wellmer - Florentijn Boddendijk, Basso Bongo, Ugly Culture, Stephen Montague - Philip Mead, Huib Emmer - Remco Schuurbiers, Isabelle van Keulen, Stephen Scott, Michel Marang, Roger Woodward, James Clapperton, Alexei Lubimov, Anton Batagov, Patrick Scheyder, Stefan Östersjö, Lieuwe Visser - Robert Nasveld, Lena Willemark, Barbara Hannigan, Hannah Holgersson - Annika Hudak, Otto Katzameier, John Paricelli, Mika Väyrynen, Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Hans-Karsten Raecke, Peter Bosch - Simone Simons, Peter de Marinis, Paul Panhuysen.