classical music


The concert agency Concertino represents artists, organizes concerts, festivals and culture events at national and international level.
Merle Kollom, the founder of the agency, has initiated several concert series and festivals, produced more than 2000 concerts from classical chamber music to big scale jazz symphonic projects.
She has cooperated with artists worldwide, including jazz giants such as the legendary singer Freddy Cole, pianist Monty Alexander, Hammond B3 organist Dr Lonnie Smith, the vocal quartet The Four Freshmen among others.



  • 22.01.2021 19:00
  • Tallinn, Estonia

Solistid: Uku Suviste, Sofia Rubina, Pekka Kurki (Soome), German Gholami (Hispaania). Andrus Rannaääre ja Mihhail Nikitini kvartett, ÜENSO orkester - dirigent Jüri-Ruut Kangur.

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  • 7.12.2019 19:00
  • Tartu linn, Tartu County, Estonia

Germán Gholami – tenor, Merle Kollom – orel, kariljon, Lembit Saarsalu – saksofon, Jaak Lutsoja – akordion. Kaastegevad: Mairo Libba – laulukonkursi “Praha kuldsed talendid” laureaat, Katri Kade – laulukonkursi „Looduslaul“ laureaat, Lalustuudio FA-Diees – juhendaja Ingrid Otti Kavas jõulumuusika pärlid läbi aegade

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  • 2.11.2019 13:32
  • Jõgeva linn, Jõgeva, Jõgeva County, Estonia

Germán Gholami – tenor (Hispaania), Merle Kollom – orel. Kavas ooperiklassika, kaasaegne vaimulik muusika, armastatud eesti ja hispaania autorite laululooming.

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  • 23.08.2019 19:00
  • Mustvee linn, Jõgeva County, Estonia

Oma vabadustahte väljendamiseks ühendasid 23. augustil 1989 oma käed kaks miljonit inimest Eestist, Lätist ja Leedust, moodustades 600 kilomeetri pikkuse inimketi Tallinnast Vilniuseni. Seda ajaloolist pöördepunkti tähistaval konrserdil kõlab eesti heliloojate laululooming ja tuntuimad palad maailmaklassika varamust.

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  • 10.08.2019 23:00
  • Vejle, Denmark

Merle Kollom - carillon

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  • 6.08.2019 13:00
  • Mustvee linn, Jõgeva County, Estonia

German Gholami - tenor (Hispaania), Merle Kollom - kariljon, Jaak Lutsoja - akordion

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  • 20.07.2019 20:00
  • Løgumkloster, Denmark
  • 18.07.2019 16:00
  • Aalborg, Denmark
  • 5.12.2018 19:00
  • Tallinn, Estonia

Germán Gholami – tenor, Lembit Saarsalu – tenorsaksofon, Olav Ehala – klaver, Toivo Unt – kontrabass, Toomas Rull – löökpillid. Kavas ooperiklassika pärlid, armastatud džässiballaadid ja jõululaulud.

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  • 1.07.2017 14:00
  • Kuressaare linn, Saare County, Estonia

CD „Pühapäev“. Lembit Saarsalu – saksofon, Olav Ehala – klaver, Ain Agan – kitarr, Toivo Unt – contrabass, Toomas Rull - löökpillid. CD plaadi väljaandmist toetanud kunstikoguja Enn Kunila: „Minu jaoks on olnud Lembit Saarsalu musitseerimine ja Olev Subbi maalide nautimine otsekui elu pühapäev – särav ja värviküllane.“

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  • 22.06.2017 04:00

KELLAMÄNGU ORIGINAALPALADE KONKURSS. Tartu raekoja kariljoni originaalpalade konkurss. Võidupalad avalikustatakse Tartu linna päeval, 29. juunil.

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  • 29.10.2016 19:00

Renoveritud ja laiendatud Tartu raekoja kariljoni taasavamine. KAVAS: Tšaikovski, Eller „Kodumaine viis“, Olav Ehala uudisteos „Tartu kellad“, Georg Friedrich Händel „Avamäng ja Rõõm“ orkestrisüidist „Kuninglik tulevärgimuusika“. Kõnelevad Urmas Klaas, Merle Kollom, Olav Ehala. Tants: Just Tantsukool, juhendaja Anne Kivimets-Tamm. Ilutulestik: Tulekild Ilutulestikud OÜ

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  • 3.08.2013 19:30
  • Tallinn, Estonia

EVE CORNELIOUS – vokaal (USA) & EX IMPROVISIO QUARTET (Eesti). Lembit Saarsalu – tenorsaksofon , Jaak Lutsoja – akordion , Merle Kollom – orel, Toivo Unt – contrabass. Ameerika muusikakriitikute lemmik - New Yorgi lauljatar Eve Cornelious pälvis eesti publiku tunnustuse aastal 2005, esinedes sümfooniaorkestri solistina. Ainulaadne ansamblikooslus loob silla erinevate muusikastiilide vahel, esitades originaalloomingut, klassika, koraalide ja rahvamuusika töötluseid.

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  • 7.07.2013 19:00
  • Tartu, Estonia

Lembit Saarsalu & TRIO X of Sweden: Lennart Simonsson – piano , Per V Johansson – bass, Joakim Ekberg - drums.

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Eve Cornelious - jazz vocalist

Eve Cornelious - the singer with outstanding musical career - has born Born in Newark, New Jersey. In her route leaf the whole world is already noted. Tours across Europe, Japan, USA and Cuba – passed with the invariable notice. The festival list of the singer looks impressively: North Sea, Monterey, Montreaux, Newport, Middleheim, and the JVC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center.

One of few jazz vocalists with the unpredictable musical ingenuity, met with the most enthusiastic approval of musical critics worldwide. She has recorded and/or performed with Ramsey Lewis, Chucho Valdez, Jon Hendricks, Mulgrew Miller, Norman Connors, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Winard Harper, Javon Jackson, Mark Whitfield, Alvin Atkinson, Chip Crawford, Roy Hargrove and a host of others.

Armed with three bachelors degrees, business management from Hampton University; the general music and jazz performance degrees from North Carolina Central University (NCCU), she is an impassioned educator and has taught music to all ages around the world. Appointed the first ‘jazz vocal’ teacher in North Carolina at East Carolina University, Eve Cornelious continually strives to create, present and promote jazz music through concerts, festivals, clinics and academic residencies.

Awards; Jazz Vocal of Year - The “BET” Jazz Vocal Discovery Award (Black Entertainment Television), The Jazz Composers Fellowship Award (North Carolina Arts Council), The “INDIE” Award, The Lionel Hampton Jazz Performance Award, The Russian Jazz Performance Award.

Russell Leon Adamson - choreographer

Russell Leon Adamson was born in Jamaica and moved to England with his family at age of 10. He attained three city and guild certificates in electronics and engineering at Gloucester City College. His athletic abilities lead him to the Gloucester Youth Gymnastics team and to amateurs as well as Thai boxing. He carries the black belt status in various Martial Art Techniques. With this physical background he was granted a 4-year scholarship (1982) at the London School of Contemporary Dance. At the same time he took classes in Classical Ballet at the Central School of Ballet in London.

He studied ballet with Marian Lane and Laura Conners of the Royal Ballet School and Company (UK) and Jazz with Deirdre Lowell and Wayne Babeist (Alvin Ailey Company), Daniela Lorenz (Matt Mattox Company), Charles Augins (USA) and also Claude Paul Henry (London) and Max Stone (New York). He also studied Modern with Bill Louther (Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey Company), Carolyn Carson and Jorma Uotinen (Helsinki City Theatre, Finland), Viola Farber from the Merce Cunningham Company, Jane Dudley and Robert Cohan from the Martha Graham Company.

Russell Adamson is an innovative teacher, motivating his students to focus on their work, so they can do more than they expected. With his support many young dancers have chosen dance as their profession. He has also created many choreographies, which received a lot of recognition in Finland and abroad. During the last years he has worked as a performer for the National Ballet of Estonia, the Gala for the 6th International Baltic Ballet Festival (Riga, Lithuania) and for Marimekkos 50th birthday (2001 - 2004), among others. In addition he has worked with the Black Dance Festival in Vienna (2002 & 2003) and the Estonia Art and Culture Gala Night in Tallinn (2004).

As a choreographer he has created his own work including: "Spirit of the Landscape" (Finland, 2005), a solo and duet with Rodney Williams for the Black Dance Festival (Vienna, 2005), "Flow" a solo (London, 2006), "Terrain" (Finland, 2006), a choreography for the opera La Traviata (Finland, 2006), "Episodes" for the Rainbow Jazz Festival (2007, Estonia), a choreography for the Higher Ground Gospel Concert (Finland, 2007), The Live Orchestral Music and visual effects show at the Estonia Concert Hall (Tallinn, 2007), a Funk & HipHop choreography for the Urban Culture Tour (Helsinki, 2007), a choreography for the jazz opera Manon with the world premiere (Estonia, February 2008), a choreography and libretto of the contemporary ballet called “Crossroads” (Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia 2017) and many others.

Russell Leon Adamson about the phenomena called flow: “The most sacred place we have is the temple of the body. Take a moment to check on your body, let your mind flow through your body; what are you feeling? We must ultimately express inform those thoughts, emotions and impulses we store in the body; whether through music, dance or the voice. Like the ocean, we are a mystery of buried treasures. You can plunge into the deepest resources of your soul to find freedom in the shores of life the flow within and without the body. Music is dance and dance is music. Change is flow and flow is change.”

Rauno Tikkanen - conductor

Rauno Tikkanen  acts as a conductor, clarinetist, senior lecturer of orchestra and chamber music at Savonia University of Applied Sciences Kuopio Area, Finland.  Rauno Tikkanen is experienced conductor and instrumentalist in many styles. His repertoire includes classical symphonies, contemporary music, crossover and jazz projects. He has conducted many big scale jazz symphonic and classical works: “Powell Canyons” for saxophone, jazz trio and symphony orchestra by Henry Wolking, “Hearts” - A Suite for symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble by Heikki Sarmanto. He has conducted several world premieres like “Bassoon concerto” by Atso Almila, “Concertino for Flute” by Herbert Lindholm, Jazz opera “Manon” and “John the Baptist” oratorio-opera by Heikki Sarmanto. Among others Rauno Tikkanen has conducted Utah Philharmonic (USA), Il Maestri (England), Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and Pärnu Philharmonic (Estonia), Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Mikkeli Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Sinfonia Verona (Italy), Brasov Philharmonic (Romania), and several big bands. He has worked as the artistic director of Finnish E-5 Symphony Orchestra, as a director of Kuopio Academy of Music. In 2007-2008 he worked at the Merced College in California, the USA.

Rauno Tikkanen earned his clarinet diploma at the Sibelius-Academy in Finland under the tutelage of clarinetist-conductor Osmo Vänskä. Hos teacher in conducting was a legendary Finnish conductor, professor Jorma Panula. During 1987-2001 Rauno Tikkanen worked as the featured soloist and instructor of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and a clarinet teacher at the Kuopio Conservatory. As a clarinetist Rauno Tikkanen has performed in many European countries and the USA. He  has been also the organizer and teacher of several summer courses, including Jorma Panula master classes.
Prices: Silver Medal for musical achievement (Kuopio town price, 1987), Jazz musician of the Year (Kuopio JazzSavo, 1991), Minna-price (Kuopio Art society, 1991), Aili Muroma – foundation price for musical skills (1998).

Heikki Sarmanto - composer, pianist

"Heikki Sarmanto, a musician of outstanding versatility and merit, is undoubtedly the most eminent ambassador for Finnish jazz today." (Hannu Lahtonen)

Composer and pianist Heikki Sarmanto, also called as the cornerstone of Nordic jazz, has been internationally praised for his symphonic, orchestral and jazz ensemble works.
During the early 1960s, Sarmanto studied at the Sibelius Academy in Finland. Shortly thereafter he won a prestigious award for the International Competition of Jazz Composition in Minneapolis. Sarmanto entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1968 where he honed his piano and composition skills with coaching from Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Mariano and Margaret Chaloff. In 1969 he released the first recording under his own name in 1969 titled “Flowers in the Water”.
In 1970, Sarmanto was chosen “Jazz Musician of the Year” in Finland, in 1971 he was awarded top honors at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in both piano and combo categories. In the early 80s, Sarmanto initiated a collaboration with Sonny Rollins on a major project. It resulted in the creation of “Saxophone Concerto”, a massive opus composed by Sonny Rollins, arranged and orchestrated by Heikki Sarmanto. The work was premiered in Tokyo with great success in 1986, and was thereafter performed in Ravenna and Parma, Italy.

Some of his key works include “New Hope Jazz Mass” dedicated to Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, which was received with unequivocal praise at the opening of Saint Peter's Church in New York, and also his symphonic jazz poem"Suomi", which premiered to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall in 1988. In 1995 Sarmanto premiered and recorded "Hearts", his concerto for symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble, with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the same year, at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, he premiered his "Perfect Harmony", a massive work for soloists, mixed choir and jazz ensemble, in collaboration with librettist Gregory Allan Freelon, featuring New York's Opera Ebony. „Perfect Harmony“ was later performed (and televised) at the Worlds Largest Snow Castle in Kemi, Finland.
Since 1991, Sarmanto has been working closely with New York based lyricist/librettist Kim Rich, creating hundreds of songs and several larger musical theater works and dramas, such as „Carnival of Shadows“, „Manon in Manhattan“, „Foxfire Fable“, „Winter War“, „The Bridge of Dream“ and the „Birth of the World“. Sarmanto's oratorio, „John the Baptist „premiered in Helsinki in 2016.

Later in the 90s, Sarmanto worked in Paris creating new songs with the beloved French poet Allain Leprest and signed a publishing contract with French publisher, Éditions Alphonse Leduc. In 1997, The University of Minnesota arranged The Heikki Sarmanto Festival, a week of Sarmanto's music and master classes. At that time, the university established the Heikki Sarmanto Fund to give grants to budding American composers.

Heikki Sarmanto was instrumental in founding the internationally lauded UMO Jazz Orchestra and was appointed its artistic director in 1999. Sarmanto headed the Jazz Studio at the Sibelius Academy which is highest institute of Finnish music and now home to the foremost jazz department in that nation.

Heikki Sarmanto has collaborated with jazz-legends such as Art Farmer, Helen Merrill, George Russell, also Claudya de Oliveira, Brazil's great lyricist Fernando Brant in addition to his work in the classical arena with baritone Jorma Hynninen and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra among others. Sarmanto has toured the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa and continues to actively expand his musical horizons.

Sarmanto did a major solo piano project during a three year period between 2011-13, where he recorded an astounding 400 plus solo piano works, based on the American Songbook. This massive collection of solo piano works is entitled „Piano Explosions“.

Sarmanto's discography consists of tens of albums, released primarily by EMI, SONY and WARNER during the period 1969-2016. In 2005 Heikki Sarmanto was awardes as the Jazz Legend of Finland. In 2009, Heikki Sarmanto received the `Pro Finlandia` medal from president Tarja Halonen.

Trio X of Sweden - classic, jazz

Trio X, formed in 2002 in Uppsala, is one of Sweden's foremost improvisational groups. The trio's distinctive feature is exploratory and boundary-crossing music, the experienced musicians finding inspiration in many genres. With elegance and conviction they convey feelings that reach the listener from every direction. This is music for the inquisitive mind and will surely be the source of great enjoyment. The slogan of Trio X is:”Expect the unexpected!”

Trio X is a multi-faceted ensemble that works with many projects, from concerts in jazz clubs, in concert halls, and at major festivals to classroom appearances. Alongside their public concerts, they also play in healthcare and caring institutions. The musicians also teach and provide inspiration for amateur groups.

Among Trio X’s many outstanding collaborators, mention can be made of cellist Svante Henryson, recorder player Dan Laurin, accordionist Bengan Janson, guitarist Georg Wadenius, singer Mikael Samuelson, and saxophonist Magnus Lindgren. They have also worked with choirs, like Orphei Drängar, and orchestras, such as Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. On several occasions the trio has toured in Estonia with the Estonian saxophone virtuoso Lembit Saarsalu, including the dance production Changing Images, which is based on music by Trio X.

Lennart Simonsson, fresh out of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 1986, has been working in Sweden during 30 years as a pianist, music director, arranger and composer, in big-bands and smaller groups playing jazz, pop and rock, cooperating with greatest Swedish musicians. He has worked also as a teacher in jazz piano, music communication and interpretation. Lennart Simonsson has composed several works, including “Oratio” - a piece for choir, synthesizer, tablas, vibraphone and percussion (2000), two pieces for the symphony orchestra and jazz  piano trio: ”The Albatross Suite” (2007) and ”Pyramus and Thisbe” (2016).

Per V Johansson is well-respected Swedish bass player in many different genres. He has played with Monica Törnell Band, Mikael Råberg’s Big Band, Sven Bertil Taube’s Gröna Lund Orchestra among others. He has played Latin American music in many forms, including the samba orchestra Bananas. Per V Johansson started studying the bass with Leif Andersson in Östersund during high school and completed his studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Joakim Ekberg has worked as a professional musician since the age of 14 and taught since he was 18. He teaches at the School of Music in Piteå, Framnäs Folk High School, and the University College of Music Education in Stockholm. As a musician, he has performed around the world, including TV, radio, theater, and recordings. Joakim has played virtually every kind of music, e.g. jazz, pop, fusion, rock, soul, Latin, samba, classical, and big band, with many of Sweden’s top musicians.

Lembit Saarsalu - saxophonist

Saxophonist Lembit Saarsalu is a leading figure in Estonian jazz. He has performed on international stages for over 40 years and has received recognizing titles as “The King of Saxophone”, “Estonian Jazz Business Card” and “Jazz Gem”. Before the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Saarsalu was repeatedly voted the best tenor saxophonist in various polls. For his diverse activity, Lembit Saarsalu has been given many awards: annual Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for high-level introducing of Estonian jazz on the interpretation award “Maestro of Estonian jazz” by Estonian Music Council (2018).

Lembit Saarsalu has taken part from hundreds of jazz festivals over the world, including reputable North Sea Jazz Festival in Hague and Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in the USA. Saarsalu has performed with several jazz stars, including legendary vibe player Lionel Hampton and his New York Big Band, Elvin Jones, John Stowell, Eve Cornelious, Lewis Nash, Cristian Mcbride, Kevin Mahogany and many others. In cooperation with symphony orchestras he has performed several major jazz-symphonic works in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and the USA. His clinic appearances have taken place in USA, Germany and in Finland, including the Utah State University, Weber State University, Brigham Young University, Lionel Hampton Music School, Idaho University.

Lembit Saarsalu became interested in jazz in teenage as a result of the international Tallinn Jazz Festival. Soon, under the conditions of Soviet regime he had a chance to perform in Hungary, Bulgaria, and Cuba, bringing back with him impressions of musical traditions of different nations. During the eighties Lembit Saarsalu has led several local and international groups. His duo with Russian awarded pianist Leonid Vintskevich, called Jazz For Two, has successfully existed since 1984. Saarsalu-Vintskevich – they were the first jazz artists from the former Soviet Union to visit the United States at the Lionel Hampton Festival by invitation in 1989. The harmonious and fascinating combination of the traditional and avant-garde jazz, Russian symphony music, Estonian and Russian folk music form the basis of the unusual style of music played by Vintskevich and Saarsalu, which draws attention of the listeners and jazz critics all over the world.

“Their great artistry and powerful message of love to the world with these tunes will unlock the hearts and souls of all who listen. They don’t speak any English, but they speak the language of jazz. Their recordings are very finest you could imagine in terms of performance skills.” (The Associated Press / Dr. Lynn J. Skinner, executive Director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, 1989)

 “Saarsalu has wonderful mastery of his instrument. He creates full rhythm and has wonderful dynamics. He is a true jazz musician who seems to know tricks of his instrument. He produces beautiful louds and mellow softs and a whole range of sounds from his horn.” (Argonaut / Donna Prisbrey “Soviet duo jams with Hampton in unexpected debut”, 1989)

Lembit Saarsalu has participated in numerous recordings on CDs, made more than 200 recordings for the Estonian Radio. Saarsalu has released many LP, CD and DVD albums with Estonian, Russian, American, Sweden, German musicians.

CDs: 2x Rustic Waltz (1980), Jazz Quartet Tallinn (1983), On a Baltic Trip (1984), Two Playing Jazz (1986), Blues for the Night (1991), Maa-Land-Zemlja (1994), Jazz for two LIVE - Not so bad (1995), Jazz Quintet Tallinn and Silvi Vrait (1995), Trinity - Unity The Moscow Session (1997), I love you (1998), Peak Performance (2001), Listen To The Message! A Happy Memory to Lionel Hampton (2004), Sarsaparill (2009), Lembit Saarsalu Quartet (2010), Special occasion (2013), “Sunday” (2017).

Lembit Saarsalu is playing a Selmer-saxophone, which is a personal gift from the Lionel Hampton Festival.

Germán Gholami - lyric tenor

Germán Gholami (Germán Javier Gholami Torres-Pardo) was born in Madrid, Spain in 1985, in a family of professional musicians. His father, a multi-instrumentalist and a music therapist, Ali-Reza Gholami, gave him his first violin and flute lessons. His mother, a classical soprano and a guitar teacher at the Aranjuez Conservatory, María Ángeles Torres-Pardo Criado, had the major role in training him as a lyric tenor.

Germán Gholami has attained his music education in Spain at the University of Alcalá, has participated in the bel canto master classes with Berle Sanford Rosenberg and Jenni Anvelt-Scarafoni, and completed further education under the tutelage of an Italian tenor Federico Lepre.
His career as a classical tenor started at the prestigious Estonian Opera Theatre Vanemuine in 2012. Germán Gholami has given concerts, and has had roles in opera and musical productions in Estonia, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Poland, Russia, Finland, South Korea, France, and the USA.

Germán Gholami has performed with the Spanish ensembles Grupo Canzona (interpreting Sephardic, Christian and Andalusian music of Medieval Spain), the crossover group Musical Tenors and the Polish ensemble Great Tenors. He has performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Vanemuine, the Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the masterclass of maestro Elio Orciuolo (Italy). He also has collaborated in various concerts with Janne Ševtšenko (Estonian National Opera), Anneli Peebo (Vienna State Opera), Elina Nechayeva, and the Lembit Saarsalu Quartet (Opera & Jazz) among others. Germán Gholami won the first prize at the “Robert Burns song competition” (2017, Estonia), was a finalist in the 20th tenor competition „Opera na Zamku“ (2018, Poland) and also in the „Jerusalem opera competition“ (2018, Israel ).

His recent leading roles:

Arturo – G. Donizetti „Lucia di Lammermmor“ (Estonia)
Mozart – N. Rimski Korsakov „Mozart and Salieri“ (Estonia)
Herzsog von Mantua – G. Verdi "Rigoletto" (Scotland)

Alfredo Germont – G. Verdi “La Traviata” (Israel)
Mario Cavaradossi – G. Puccini „Tosca“ (South Korea)
Don Jose – G. Bizet „Carmen“ (USA)
Hyllus – G. Fr. Händel „Herakles“ (France)  (Funiculí, Funiculá" - L. Denza, TV3, Estonia 2020) ("E lucevan le stelle" - TOSCA by G. Puccini, South Korea 2018)

Jaak Lutsoja - accordionist

Jaak Lutsoja is considered one of the top accordionists in Estonia, a technical virtuoso with an astonishing ability to improvise. He has performed with numerous solo concerts, as a member of several prominent ensembles. In addition to giving concerts all over Europe, Jaak Lutsoja has performed in the United States and Russia with a very wide repertoire from a variety of genres expanding from pop-jazz to classical and contemporary music. He is a patron of Vision’s festival „Accordion in Jazz“.

Jaak Lutsoja has worked as the jazz-accordion teacher in the Heino Eller Tartu Music School and in the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. Since the autumn of 2017, he has been teaching at the Gjestal Culture School in Norway.

Simultaneously with his career as a musician, he has also composed music and arranged several tunes for accordion. In 2010 his first solo recording „Contrarian Grooving“ was published, comprising entirely of original creations. The album has twice been nominated as the European Jazz Radio Album of the Week. In 2017, he received the title of laureate at the Estonian Theatre Year Awards for the best original music for the production of “Soo” (“The Swamp”) at the Ugala Theatre, Estonia.

Key events of the last years has been participation in the festival Cite de la music in Marseille, France, a concert with Bacau Symphony Orchestra in Rumenia, CD production called “Adios Nonino” with arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s music - Jaak Lutsoja Quintet feat. Kersti Ala-Murr mixes tango, jazz and classical music into a savory blend. The sound of the music performed by Jaak Lutsoja Quintet is made truly special by the instruments used - accordion, bass clarinet, tablas, guitar and double bass, with an addition of classical soprano voice. In 2013 Jaak Lutsoja established the Accordion Club which was created for furthering the possibilities of playing the accordion. (TV show Norwegian talent 2019) (Libertango by A. Piazzolla, Minsk 2013)

Merle Kollom - organist, carillonneur

Merle Kollom holds a Master of Arts degree in organ pedagogy, a Bachelor in church music and theology. She graduated the Scandinavian Carillon School under the tutelage of prof. Peter Langberg in June 2019, becoming the first Estonian carillonneur. As a carilloneur, she has performed in Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and at the new carillons opening ceremony of St. Nicholas Church in Kiev, Ukraine. She has performed also with the jazz group Trio X of Sweden at the Uppsala Concert and Congress Hall, and with Estonian leading instrumentalists and vocalists. She has worked as the music producer of the Estonian state concert institution Eesti Kontsert (Estonian Concert), the organist of the Äksi Andreas Church, the head of the concert department at the H. Eller Music College of Tartu, the project manager of local and international culture projects, as a producer of radio shows, documentaries and CD/DVD productions. She has participated in continuing programs of culture policy and management in the USA, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany.

Merle Kollom is the artistic leader of the Tartu Town Hall carillon since 2001. In 2016 she was leading large renovation and extension works of mentioned carillon in cooperation with the Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry, and this project was awarded as “The action of the year 2016 in Tartu”. She has produced several radio and TV shows and documentaries about the carillon art and Tartu Town Hall carillon, and initiated the 1st Estonian carillon tunes contest in 2017. In 2018 she started with carillon promotional concert-lectures called “500 hundred years of musical secret”. Since 2019 she performs in unique carillon trio with internationally touring musicians – the Spanish lyric tenor Germán Gholami and Estonian accordionist Jaak Lutsoja. As an organist, Merle Kollom has participated in numerous classical and crossover projects. She has cooperated with acknowledged Estonian musicians, the vocalist Hanna-Liina Võsa and the saxophonist Lembit Saarsalu, German vibraphonist Volker Frischling, American jazz vocalist Eve Cornelious among others.

As a producer, Merle Kollom has initiated several concert series and festivals on both local and international scale, produced more than 2000 concerts from classical chamber music to jazz ballet, including a world premiere of the jazz opera “Manon” composed by Heikki Sarmanto (Finland), a gala concert of the 375th anniversary celebrations of Tartu University, honoured by the presence of Queen Silvia of Sweden. Merle Kollom has cooperated with many foreign jazz giants such as the legendary singer Freddy Cole, pianist Monty Alexander, Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, the vocal quartet The Four Freshmen among others. In 2003 Merle Kollom was awarded as “Person of the year” by Estonian Concert.