Toomas Siitan

Toomas Siitan (1958) graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music (Tallinn State Conservatoire) in 1981 as a composer. He received his PhD in musicology from the University of Lund. Since 1986 he has taught music history at the Estonian Academy of Music (since 2004 as a professor) and published articles in various European academic journals. He is the chair of the board of the Estonian Musicological Society and vice chairman of the board of the Estonian Music Council. He is the initiator and artistic director of the Haapsalu Early Music Festival, held since 1994.

In 1976–1988 Toomas Siitan sang in Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (cond. Tõnu Kaljuste). Since 1990 he has been active as a conductor, leading collectives like the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Estonian National Male Choir, Haapsalu Festival Choir, the Estonian Radio Choir, the Chamber Choir of Estonian Choral Society, international choir Vox Europae and Tallinn Baroque Orchestra. In 1994 he founded the ensemble Studio Vocale. His repertoire consists mainly of music from 16th to 18th centuries, including large-scale vocal works like B Minor Mass, passions and cantatas by Bach and oratorios by Handel (Jephtha, Theodora, Joshua, Messiah, Alexander’s Feast et al.). In 2011 he was the musical director and conductor of the Johann Valentin Meder’s opera Die beständige Argenia.