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Kaia Urb (Soprano)

Born: Estonia

The Estonian soprano, Kaia Urb, graduated from the Tallinn State Conservatoire and continued her studies with Lilian Gentele in Stockholm. Since 1982 Kaia Urb has been a member of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. She has sung solo parts in various oratorios of the choirís repertoire and has taken part in many concert tours and recordings.

Kaia Urb is one of the most acclaimed oratorio singers in Estonia and abroad. She has worked with many renowned conductors such as Tõnu Kaljuste, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Paul Mägi, Paul Hillier, Olari Elts, Juha Kangas, Saulius Sondeckis and others, and various ensembles and orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hilliard Ensemble, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Estonian early music ensemble Hortus Musicus, Estonian contemporary music ensemble NYYD Ensemble, Chamber Orchestras of Lithuania, Prague, Australia etc.

Kaia Urbís natural musical talent coupled with flawless technique makes her a much sought-after performer in repertoire spanning from Baroque music to new works by contemporary composers: all of J.S. Bachís oratorios and many cantatas, George Frideric Handelís Messiah, Judas Maccabeus and Dixit Dominus, Purcellís Dido and Aeneas, Monteverdiís Vespro della Beata Virgine, Ottorino Respighiís Lauda per la natività del Signore, Antonio Vivaldiís Gloria, Haydnís Creation and masses, Mozartís Requiem, Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Litaniae Lauretanae and masses, Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah, Gabriel Fauréís Requiem, Francis Poulencís Gloria, Reichīs Tehillim and Proverb, Arvo Pärtís Passio, Miserere, Te Deum, Luciano Berioís Sequenza III, etc.

Kaia Urb is also an excellent chamber musician and has held concerts with the ensemble Camerata Tallinn and guitarist Heiki Mätlik. She has performed music by many Estonian composers such as Mägi, Sink, Tamberg, Tormis and Tulev, has recorded several CD's and has been a regular guest at many Estonian music festivals such as Haapsalu Early Music Festival and David Oistrach Festival. She and can be heard in 5 Harmonia Mundi recordings: The Powers of Heaven; Sergei Rachmaninovís All-Night Vigil (2005); Baltic Voices, Vol.1, 2 and 3 (2005).

Source: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Website; Harmonia Mundi Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2009)

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Hans Gebhard

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