The coronavirus has affected a number of summer festivals all over the world and we are very sad to announce that Suveuni piano festival is cancelled too.
Suveuni festival and Prof. Arbo Valdma master classes are scheduled for July 2021 (probably last 10 days in July).
At first, there was hope that things would return to normal by the summer. But now we now that no public events are to take place in Estonia in the months of May and June. Smaller public gatherings with a limited number of attendees might be possible in July and August, but only outdoors. We have no choice but to cancel festival in July 2020.
This has not been an easy decision to make, and we understand that these cancellations will come as hugely disappointing news to our participants and audience.
Take care, stay healthy and see you next summer!
Dr.h.c. Arbo Valdma, piano professor at the Cologne University of Music (Germany) from 1992 until 2012, was born in Pärnu, Estonia. He received his musical education at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn under Bruno Lukk and later at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Nina Emelyanova. Arbo Valdma has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and Australia and with orchestras, as well as chamber music with, among others, Fern Raskovic (violin) and Valter Dešpalj (cello).
Arbo Valdma has given numerous masterclasses around the world — many times in cities such as Moscow, Rome, London, Thessaloniki, Athens, Calgary, Rome, Montepulciano, Ohrid, Belgrade, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Peking, Cologne, Heidelberg, Koblenz, Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Seoul, Singapore, Princetown, Vienna, etc. From 2000 till 2007, he has led masterclasses, lectures, interactive sessions, demonstrations and coaching at the World Piano Pedagogy Conferences in Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Fort Worth.
Arbo Valdma is a founding member of EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) in Yugoslavia in 1988, Honorary President of EPTA Serbia and an Honorary Member of EPTA Estonia.
In 1991, the Estonian Academy of Music awarded him Doctor Honoris Causa. In 2017, the city council of Pärnu (Estonia) named him Honorary Citizen of Pärnu. It is the highest honorary title from the city government and rarely awarded since 1886.
Up to 2010, Arbo Valdma was the artistic director of the International Open Piano Competition Award F. Chopin and F. Liszt in Hong Kong.
Prof. Arbo Valdma’s students have won numerous prizes at the most prestigious international piano competitions: Brussels (Queen Elisabeth), Vienna (Beethoven), Vevey (Clara Haskil), Leeds, Salzburg (Mozart), Bolzano (Busoni), Épinal, Geneva, Lausanne, Munich, Sydney, Vercelli, Washington and others.