Kalev Kuljus

April 06, 2011 

Kalev Kuljus began his oboe studies at the age of 10 and continued at the Estonian Academy of Music (1993–1999) under the guidance of Heldur Värv, Andres Siitan and Olev Ainomäe. In 1995–1997 he studied at the Lyon National Conservatory, instructed by Jean-Christophe Gayot and Guy Laroche and in 1998–2000 at the Music University Karlsruhe, tutored by Thomas Indermühle.

Kalev Kuljus has been successfully participated at many competitions, gaining the 1st prizes at the Competition for Estonian Woodwind Players (Tallinn, 1990), the 2nd International Crusell Contest of Oboists (Uusikaupunki, 1999), Junge Podium Musiker (Mannheim, 1999) and the International Prague Spring Festival Competition of Woodwinds (2001), also 4th prize and the honorary title of the Best Oboist at the Pacem in Terris (Bayreuth, 2000). The oboist has participated in the master classes of Aale Lindgren, Georg Meerwein, Lajos Lencsés, Hänsjörg Schellenberger, Maurice Bourgue, Stefan Schill and Jacques Tys.

Kuljus has worked in the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, NYYD Ensemble, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and a number of foreign orchestras and ensembles. In August 2005 he played solo in the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Juha Kangas. In May 2005 he gave solo recitals and master classes (organized by Nonaka Double Reed Society and Josef Music) in Japan – Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Concert tours took him to Japan and South America in the autumn and winter of 2005.

Since the autumn of 2003, Kalev Kuljus is the oboe soloist of the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg (cond. Christoph Eschenbach), and also the first principal guest oboist in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England (cond. Sakari Oramo). From 2004 Kalev Kuljus is the oboe soloist for the Filharmonica Arturo Toscanini, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

The repertoire of Kalev Kuljus covers music from JS Bach to Estonian composer Helena Tulve, who has dedicated to him the work “Guard” and includes, for example, oboe concerts by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Martinů, R. Strauss, Vaughan Williams and other composers.

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