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The President of the Republic handed over the Young Artist Prize

President Rüütel handed over to Helena Tulve the President’s Cultural Foundation’s this year’s Young Artist Prize.President Rüütel today at Kadriorg handed over to Helena Tulve the President’s Cultural Foundation’s this year’s Young Artist Prize. Helena Tulve received the award as an outstanding composer who has gained a lot of recognition over recent years.

In 2000, Helena Tulve was awarded the Heino Eller Prize and she works as a lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. During the 2001/2002 season Helena Tulve was the composer in residence at the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, which also commissioned from her a chamber opera “It is Getting So Dark”.

Helena Tulve was the first Estonian composer to win the first prize in 2004 at the International Rostrum of Composers for her orchestra piece “Thaw”. She will represent Estonia with the same piece at the opening concert of the contemporary music festival “ISCM World New Music Festival 2006” held in July in Stuttgart.

In 2004, Helena Tulve was awarded the Music Prize of the Estonian Music Council for her outstanding creative work and she also received the Culture Award of the Republic of Estonia. In March 2005, Estonian Radio gave her the Musician of the Year title. Helena Tulve was the composer of the festival of the Estonian Music Days held in March 2006.

The Young Artist Prize to the amount of 50,000 Estonian kroons is an annual prize and is awarded by the President's Cultural Foundation to Estonian artists up to the age of 35 years, whose artistic achievements have been widely recognized, or whose artistic work and activities have considerably helped to make Estonia and its culture known in the world. Toomas Luman, Member of the Board of the Cultural Foundation, funds the Young Artist Prize.

Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, June 7, 2006

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