Riho Esko MaimetsPhiladelphia, PA
The music of Estonian-Canadian composer Riho Esko Maimets (b. 1988) has been hailed as "incredibly mature, commanding absolute attention, without having to scream and shout for it" (I Care if You Listen). His music has recently been championed by Grammy Award-winning conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, The Curtis Orchestra, The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and The Dover, Stenhammar and The Villiers String Quartets among others. A passionate lover of choral music, Riho’s music has been performed and recorded by groups in Canada, the US and Estonia including The Tallinn Chamber Choir, The Estonian Radio Children’s Choir, The Tartu Academic Women’s Choir, The E STuudio Youth Choir, The Saint Mark’s Choir, The Larkin Singers and The Grand Philharmonic Choir.
Riho is grateful to have been the recipient of numerous awards including the Theodore Presser Music Award (US), the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music, first prize in the Villiers String Quartet Competition (UK) and the highSCORE Prize (Italy). Riho completed his Bachelor’s degree in Composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, where he studied with Helena Tulve and René Eespere. He went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Composition at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Christos Hatzis, where he received the Tecumseh Sherman Rogers Graduating Award. He is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with David Ludwig and Richard Danielpour.
“History and composition are closely linked in Maimets’ thought-world. He loves early music, because it ‘ties the past with the present, creating the feeling of timelessness’” -Eesti Päevaleht, December 10, 2011
Ave Maria for choir and strings, performed by Choir 21, Virtuoso String Orchestra, conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste in Koerner Hall, Toronto, October 1, 2013