Arvo Pärt gets first US festival

Arvo Pärt gets first US festival


norman lebrecht

January 15, 2017

Claimed to be the most performed living composer in concert halls last year – a somewhat limited qualification – the Estonian composer can now add another first to his name.

A weekend fest in Portland, Oregon next month will be his first in North America.

Details here.


  • Gordon Jones says:

    Pärt’s ‘Litany’ was commissioned by and given its first performance at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1994.

  • sorin braun says:

    Sorry guys but I find him utterly boring.I doubt that many people ever paid to hear him on media or live.

  • Roger Emanuels says:

    He was featured composer-in-residence at the 1986 Cabrillo Music Festival, Dennis Russell Davies, Music Director.

  • James Manishen says:

    The article is not quite correct in being the first festival to feature his music in North America.
    We featured his music over a week in January 1996 at the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Mr. Part attended and Bramwell Tovey conducted; variety of soloists, choir. We very much enjoyed meeting the composer.