The Estonian organist, Ines Maidre-Aarvik, holds piano and organ diplomas with distinction from the Estonian Academy of Music. From 1989 to 1991 she continued her postgraduate studies as organist in France under professor Daniel Roth at the Ecole Niedermeyer (Prix d’Excellence avec felicitations). Later she completed her musical training at the Grieg Academy in Bergen in Baroque interpretation and harpsichord playing, concluding her studies with a thesis "New Horizons in Frescobaldi’s Toccata Style". She has also attended many international master-classes led by Martin Haselböck, Leo Krämer, Jean Boyer, Olivier Latry, Hans Fagius. At the Concours Musicale d’Ile de France 1991 she won the Premier Prix Unanimité.
Ines Maidre is a highly active as a concert performer, and has played regularly concerts throughout Europe, including performances at such celebrated cathedrals as Notre-Dame and St Sulpice in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, St Bavo in Haarlem, Altenberger Dom etc. She has been invited to many international festivals (Nuremburg, Brussels, Haarlem, Bergen, Blekinge, Espoo, Riga, Tallinn).
Ines Maidre is an excellent interpreter of early keyboard music as well as a virtuoso performer of romantic and modern organ works. Under the baton of conductors like Neeme Järvi, Tõnu Kaljuste, Martin Fischer-Dieskau, Fabio Ventura, Leo Krämer she has been soloist in a number of organ concertos (George Frideric Handel, Francis Poulenc, Jongen, Kapp, Lepnurm) and performed together with various orchestras, soloists, choirs. In several important performances of major choral and orchestral works she has provided the solo or the accompaniment on the organ as well as on the harpsichord.
In 1995 Ines Maidre was awarded a prize of Estonian Kultuurkapital for a cyclus of highly original recitals titled Swan Songs for the Organ, Cathedral Windows, In Bach’s Footsteps, Legends in St Nicholas etc. Her collaboration with various soloists and ensembles has resulted in many programmes combining organ with Gregorian chant, dance, percussion, harp, violin, brass band, synthesizer etc.
Besied her activity as a concert organist, Ines Maidre Associate is Professor of Organ at the Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway.
Ines Maidre has recorded Estonian organ music for labels like Antes, Forte, Eres: Organ works by Rudolf Tobias (Forte, 1995); Organ works by Anti Marguste (Antes, 1997); Organ concerto by Artur Kapp Symphonische Werke (Eres, 2003). In a film about Estonian organ composer Peeter Süda (1993) Ines Maidre performed all his major works. The CD recording with Peeter Süda’s Complete Organ works was released in 2012.