Mustonen Andres, conductor
Andres Mustonen, conductor, was born in Estonia. The core of his repertoire is made of oratorios, Passions and dramatic symphonic works. He is active in performing compositions by contemporary composers like Gubaidulina, Penderecki, Kancheli, Silvestrov, Knaifel, Tüür, Pärt and Terterjan. He received his musical education at the Tallinn Academy of Music. As a young schoolboy, he was fanatically dealing with the avant-garde music, composing and creating happenings. Then, in the 1970s, he turned his interest to the sources of the European Christian tradition, and as a student founded his consort Hortus Musicus. Since then, he has been the artistic leader of this ensemble which now performs without frontiers, both in terms of space and time, as its repertoire ranges from Indian, Arab and Jewish traditional music to the most contemporary compositions. In addition to this, Mustonen plays chamber music and has recently created his Art Jazz Quartet. He performs widely from Latvia, Russia and Finland to Brazil, Mexico and Israel and all over Europe to perform with local orchestras, with Hortus Musicus or as a soloist. This is his Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA and Israeli Opera debut.