XII Tallinn Winter Festival 19th – 23rd of February 2019
Tallinn Town Hall
20th February 19.00
Oksana Sinkova (flute),
Ralf Taal (piano)
Programme: Schubert, Böhm, Chopin etc
is one of the most outstanding flutists in Estonia. She has obtained her Bachelor’s degree cum laude (Prof. Neeme Punder, Matti Helin and Imants Sneibis) and defended her Master’s degree at the Esto-nian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT). She complemented her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg (2004 – 2005) and at the Doctoral level of EAMT (2006-2011). O. Sinkova has participated in the masterclasses of several well-known flutists (Matti Helin, Maarika Järvi, Patrick Gallois, Renate Greiss-Armin, Barbara Giesler- Haase, Moshe Aron Epstein etc.). She is working as a guest concert master of the Narva Symphony Orchestra flute group since 1999 and she has been the concert master of Vanemuine Theatre’s flute group (2000-2008) and a member of the National Opera Estonia Symphony Orchestra’s flute group (2008-2011). She has also played in the international European Festival Orchestra. O. Sinkova has won several international and national competitions like Estonian children’s music school’s competition (1991), All-Soviet Union Compe-tition “Young Virtuoso” (1991), Estonian Music School’s Competition (1994, 1995), Grand Prix at the Estonian Music School’s Competition (1997), EAMT and Sibelius Academy Johann Sebastian Bach Competition (1998), first prize at the Estonian Yamaha Competition (1999), at the National Bach Competition (2000) and she has also been a finalist at the Con Brio 2000 and International Andrejs Jurjāns Competition (Riga, 2001) as well as a laureate of the International Competition Pacem in Terris (Bayreuth, 2005). She has been awarded the PLMF award “Young Musician 2008”. O. Sinkova has numerously performed at solo concerts and as a soloist in front of several orchestras in Estonia and abroad, with the Swedish string orchestra Camerata Nordica she has been a part of concert tours in Italy, Sweden and Wales. She has been invited to perform at festivals in Italy, Slo-vakia and Czech and she has given performances at Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, Tallinn Winter Festival, Rapla Church Music Festival etc. Her solo repertoire includes virtuous flute music from world’s music treasury. O. Sinkova has been a jury member of different competitions and from 2008 she is working as a professor at EAMT.
is one of his generations most recognized pianists. He has graduated from Tallinn Music High School and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT). He has successfully taken part of several competitions earning the 1st Prize at the young pianists’ competition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Edvard Grieg in 1993 and a special prize at the Schubert International Pianists’ Competition for being the youngest finalist in 1995. R. Taal has performed as a soloist with almost all Estonian orchestras cooperating with such outstanding conductors as Eri Klas, Paavo Järvi, Anu Tali etc. and he has given numerous solo concerts. He is also a valued ensemble partner for several vocal and instrumental soloists including Helen Lokuta, Oksana Sinkova, Pille Lill, Mati Palm etc. R. Taal is working as a pedagogue at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School and in 2011, he was rewarded with the annual award of the Estonian Culture Endowment’s Music (Sound Design) Fund. In 2014, he released his solo album with Chopin’s piano music “Magic of Sound” (Estonian Record Productions).