Erle Kont

Conductor and clarinettist


Estonian conductor Erle Kont holds two masters degrees from Sibelius Academy as a symphony orchestra conductor (Sakari Oramo) and clarinettist (Kari Kriikku and Harri Mäki). She has also studied wind orchestra conducting with Petri Komulainen and choir conducting with Nils Schweckendiek and has been mentored by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Jorma Panula and Eva Ollikainen among others.

Upcoming engagements include conducting the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Seinäjoki City Orchestra. In recent years Kont has conducted orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Vaasa City Orchestra and Ploiesti Philharmonic Orchestra.

Erle specialises in the music of Brahms, Dvorak, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Copland, Gorecki and Mägi.

Kont is the founder and artistic director of the contemporary music organisation Tartu Sound (2017), which premiers the music of young Estonian composers at the start of their careers. It is a community driven organisation that brings together new music lovers, composers and instrumentalists in Estonia.

As a prolific prize winner on the clarinet, Erle Kont is the prize winner of 14 competitions, including 1st prize from international Eduard Medinš competition (2011, Latvia), Bohuslav Martinu and Viktor Kalabis competitions (2015, Austria) and Estonian national competition (2009, 2011). She has performed as an orchestral soloist in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Estonia.


6th - 13th July, Sofia

Masterclass with Johannes Schlaefli

Allegra Festival Orchestra

Antonin Dvorák Symphony No. 8

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5

Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3, 3rd and 4th mvt

Ludwig van Beethoven "Egmont" Overture

Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1, 1st and 2nd mvt

Johann Strauss "Die Fledermaus" Overture

7th November, Seinäjoki

Seinäjoki City Orchestra

Claude Debussy Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune, arr. Ian Farrington

Erle Kont Green Grass (world premiere)

Dmitri Shostakovich Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1 and Suite for Jazz Orchestra

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4, arr. Klaus Simon

3rd December, Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Howard Blake Snowman Movie Concert

Veikko Ketola (voice)

Niilo Porvali (voice)

4th December, Jyväskylä

Jyväskylä Sinfonia

Howard Blake Snowman Movie Concert

Veikko Ketola (voice)

Niilo Porvali (voice)

18th December, Lahti

Lahti Sinfonia

Howard Blake Snowman Movie Concert



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