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Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Opens New Concert and Performance Centre

23 October 2019

ELIA member the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year! Most appropriately they recently opened the newest concert and performance centre in Estonia in September, which features a concert hall that can accommodate 482 people, a black box theatre for actors and jazz musicians seating an audience of 130, as well as 21 new studios and practice rooms. The state-of-the-art building, which cost approximately 12 million euros, was constructed in just 18 months.

On 28 September, President Kersti Kaljulaid and Professor Ivari Ilja, Rector of EAMT, cut the ceremonial ribbon on the stage of the newly completed concert hall and declared the new building open. 

President Kersti Kaljulaid said at the opening of the new building, that the self-identification of Estonian people has always incorporated a desire to build bridges between freedom and creative self-expression.

“Today, too, music and theatre mean much more for our nation than merely fine arts, they are a natural part of our mentality and mindset, which is largely based on the foundations this academy has traditionally been building and will keep building,” President Kaljulaid affirmed, adding that this also raises high expectations for the academy both here in Estonia and internationally.

Professor Ivari Ilja, rector of the EAMT, said the new concert and performance centre is the best possible birthday present the academy could have received for its 100th anniversary. “Our students will now be able to have a taste of their future lives as creators and perform on the big stages here already during their studies,” Professor Ilja noted. “The concert and performance centre will undoubtedly raise the standard of music and theatre education in Estonia and boost the competitive ability of our graduates internationally. The wider music and theatre audience will certainly find many reasons to come to the new building, as the offering of public concerts and performances to be held in the newly completed halls is already quite notable. In addition to the academy’s students, these stages will host famous musicians, directors and actors from Estonia and beyond.”
At the heart of the 6,000 square metre concert and performance facility, there is a concert hall through with 482 seats, which is ideal for classical performances as well as other styles of music. There is no other concert hall in Tallinn at the moment that would accommodate an audience of that specific size, so the new building is filling this niche.

The audience can enter the concert hall with two galleries through the main building of the academy and also from Sakala and Tatari streets so that it can be flexibly used for studies and as a public event venue. Drama students and jazz musicians will have primary use the black box with 130 seats. The five-storey building also houses 21 studios and practice rooms, including a multimedia centre and a jazz studio. 
The EAMT’s concert and performance centre was designed by AS Resand. The architects were Toivo Tammik and Mart Rõuk from the architectural firm Ansambel and Kalvi Voolaid. The author of the interior architectural solution of the halls is Aivar Oja from FraDisain OÜ, and the acoustic design was created by Linda Madalik in collaboration with the Danish acoustics agency Gade&Mortensen Akustik. The general contractor for the construction was Nordlin Ehitus AS, and the site supervision on the part of the owner was performed by Tallinna Linnaehituse AS. 
The construction of the new concert and performance centre was financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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