Today, the Government of the Republic of Estonia approved the proposal from the Cultural Awards Committee for designating awards. This year, an award for outstanding long-term contributions will be given to the conductor Neeme Järvi, the actor Lembit Ulfsak and the theologian and translator Kalle Kasemaa.
The conductor Neeme Järvi was nominated for the lifetime achievement award by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Järvi Festival MTÜ, the magazine Muusika, the Estonian Music Council, CMA OÜ (AS Artists Management) and the Estonian Composers’ Union. These referred to Neeme Järvi as one of the most renowned conductors of our time, conducting top orchestras and collaborating with the best soloists. The representative of CMA OÜ added that Järvi has been extremely dedicated to introducing Estonian music. “That input is invaluable because without it the world would know a lot less about composers such as Eduard Tubin, Rudolf Tobias, Artur Kapp and many more.”
The award ceremony for the lifetime achievement and the annual awards in culture will take place on 24 February at 1.30 pm at the Academy of Sciences’ Hall at Toompea, together with the national sports and science awards and the Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann language award.