PLMF was inaugurated on February 7th, 2003 by soprano Pille Lill with the aim to support the development of talented professional musicians by organizing master classes, opportunities to perform and by introducing them internationally. At the launching concert-reception in the Town Hall of Tallinn, in the presence of its Patron, The Earl of Carlisle as well as the Cultural Minister of Estonia and many Ambassadors to the Republic of Estonia. Estonian friends of Opera and Music from all walks of life were also present.
The festival has been designed to bring some light through the concert halls in the darkest time of the year. Music sounds in the Caarl and Swedish-Mihkli Church, the Hopner House and the Raekoja in the performance of the best Estonian and foreign interpreters. Since 2006, the charity campaign “Look and open hearts” in the framework of the festival has focused attention on those in need in our society.
The Tallinn Chamber Music Festival is a major classical music event in Estonia and has become a highly valued tradition. It was created to enrich and add some classical spice to the busy cultural life in Tallinn, giving audiences the chance to enjoy and take pride in the country’s most outstanding musicians alongside many well-known guests. In 2016 the festival was organised in collaboration with the Tallinn Old Town Days. The founder and artistic director of the festival is the Estonian opera singer Pille Lill.
Rapla Church Music Festival began in 1993 in cooperation with Finnish church musicians with the aim to introduce the rich musical heritage of the world to the festival audience. During the years, multiple musical pieces and grand musical compositions which belong to the classical music’s gold fond have been performed. The festival expanded out of Rapla Mary Magdalene Church in 1997 and since then it has reached other cities and counties of Estonia.
The Virumaa Music Festival has been set up with the aim of offering concert venues in the eastern and western Virua region at the presentation of the best Estonian musicians. At the first festival there were seven public concerts, schools for various instruments were carried out under the Youth Programme, and school concerts were held in Jõhvi general education schools.
In 2013 cooperating with the Eivere Manor, PLMF launched the Eivere Piano Festival dedicated solely to piano music. On the amazing Boesendorfer concert piano at the beautiful and historic Eivere Manor have been performing outstanding pianists from Japan – Mr. Izumi Tateno, Ms. Yuko Yoshioka, Ms. Ayumi Hirahara, Ms. Haruyo Kubo, Ms. Emiko Mizuki, Ms. Shihoko Iino, Ms. Sae lida and Mr. Tetsuro Hagiu, in addition to Estonia’s well-known soloists, such as Irina Zahharenkova, Age Juurikas, Marko Martin and young talents Mihkel Poll, Kristi Kapten and Johan Randvere.
The cooperation between PLMF and Valga Municipality begun in 2015. Several varied concerts have taken place in the context of Valga-Valka Summer Music Festival of Seven Churches, where the performers have included such extraordinary representatives of the music scene as saxophone quartet SaxEst, Latvian mixed choir Daugava, violinist Kristina Kriit, baritone Atlan Karp, organ player Tiia Tenno etc.