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Erkki-Sven Tüür (born 16 October 1959) is an Estonian composer.

Tüür (Estonian pronunciation: [tyːr]) was born in Kärdla on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa. He studied flute and percussion at the Tallinn Music School from 1976 to 1980 and composition with Jaan Rääts at the Tallinn Academy of Music and privately with Lepo Sumera from 1980 to 1984. From 1979 to 1984 he headed the rock group In Spe, which quickly became one of the most popular in Estonia.

Tüür left In Spe to concentrate on composition, and with the advent of perestroika soon found an audience in the west. The Helsinki Philharmonic, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are among those who have commissioned works from him. He was awarded the Cultural Prize of Estonia in 1991 and 1996.

His Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, entitled "Illuminatio", was premiered by violist Lars Anders Tomter and South Jutland Symphony Orchestra in October 2008.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1993 Tubin: String Quartet / Elegy / Piano Quartet / Tüür: String Quartet / Pärt: Fratres Eduard Tubin, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Arvo Pärt; Tallinn String Quartet, Love Derwinger 1
1994 Oratorio "Ante finem saeculi" / Symphony no. 2 Erkki-Sven Tüür 1
1996 Crystallisatio Erkki-Sven Tüür; Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tõnu Kaljuste 1
1996 Architectonics Erkki-Sven Tüür; The NYYD-Ensemble 1
1997 Searching for Roots Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Eduard Tubin; Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Järvi 2
1999 Architectonics Erkki-Sven Tüür; Absolute Ensemble, Kristjan Järvi 2
1999 Flux Erkki-Sven Tüür; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, David Geringas 1
2003 Conversio / Lighthouse / Symphony no. 2 / Architectonics III & IV Erkki-Sven Tüür 1
2003 Exodus Erkki-Sven Tüür; City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Isabelle van Keulen 1
2005 Action Passion Illusion Tüür, Rachmaninov, Sibelius; Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Anu Tali 1
2007 Oxymoron Erkki-Sven Tüür 1
2007 Magma Erkki-Sven Tüür; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Evelyn Glennie, Paavo Järvi 1
2010 Strata Erkki-Sven Tüür; Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Anu Tali 1
2011 Ärkamine Erkki-Sven Tüür; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Sinfonietta Rīga, Daniel Reuss 1
2014 Seventh Symphony / Piano Concerto Erkki-Sven Tüür; Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi, Laura Mikkola 1

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