Part, Arvo, Collection

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Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1970s-2000s
Abstract: Newspaper clippings and other information related to the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Quantity: 2 linear in.
Language: Estonian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3605


Collection acquired from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A., Lakewood, New Jersey, in 2003-2005. It was processed in May 2013 by Peeter Väljas and Aet Tran-Tõnissoo of the National Archives of Estonia in Tallinn, working with IHRC Archivist Daniel Necas.


Pärt, Arvo (1935 Paide, Järva county, Estonia) Studied at Rakvere Muusikakoolis (Rakvere Music School) and composition at the Tallinn Conservatory, graduating in 1963. From 1958 to 1967 he was employed as a recording director and a composer of music for film and television for the music division of Estonian Radio. In 1980 A. Pärt emigrated from Soviet Union. He lived first in Vienna and then relocated to , Berlin Germany, in 1981. He returned to Estonia around the turn of the 21st century and now lives alternately in Berlin and Tallinn. Member of the Estonian Composers´ Union 1959 - 1979 and again from 2005.

Honorary degrees and Awards Honorary Doctorates 1990 Estonian Academy of Music 1996 University of Sydney, Australia 1998 University of Tartu, Estonia 2002 University of Durham, Great Britain 2003 The National University of General San Martín, School of Humanities, Argentina 2007 University of Freiburg, Faculty of Theology, Germany 2009 University of Liège, Belgium 2009 University of St Andrews, Scotland 2011 The Pontifical Institute for Sacred Music, Vatican 2012 University of Lugano, Faculty of Theology, Switzerland Honorary Memberships 1991 Royal Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm, Sweden 1996 American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA 2001 Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium 2003 Royal School of Church Music, Salisbury, Great Britain 2004 Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy Memberships 2011 Member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican 2011 Member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Academician for Music, Tallinn, Estonia Grammy Award 2007 Da Pacem - Best Choral Performance (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Paul Hillier)

Other awards, decorations 1962 First Prize for cantata Our Garden, Composers Forum Moscow, Russia 1981 DAAD fellowship (German Academic Exchange Service), Berlin, Germany 1989 Edison Classical Music Award for CD Passio 1995 Honorary Citizen of Rakvere, Estonia 1997 Independent Russian Arts Award "Triumph", Moscow, Russia 1998 Culture Award of the Estonian Republic 1998 Second Class Order of the National Coat of Arms, Estonia 2000 Herder Prize, Germany 2001 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic 2003 Composition Award for choral work, C. A. Seghizzi, Gorizia, Italy 2003 Honorary title "Borderlander" given by the Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland 2003 Classic Brit Award - Contemporary Music Award for Orient and Occident, Great Britain 2005 Composer of the Year, Musical America, USA 2005 European Church Music Prize, Germany 2006 Estonian National Honour First Class 2007 International Prize "Baltic Star", St. Petersburg, Russia 2007 International Brückepreis Award of the European City of Görlitz / Zgorzelec 2008 Léonie Sonning Music Prize, Denmark 2008 Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art First Class 2009 Lifelong Achievement Award of the Republic of Estonia 2009 Honorary Citizen of Paide, Estonia 2010 Lifelong Achievement Award of International Istanbul Music Festival 2010 Baltic Image Enhancement Award, USA 2011 Hommage for Arvo Pärt by Konrad Adenauer Fund, Germany 2011 Coat of Arms of Tallinn 2011 Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, France 2011 Classic Brit Award - Composer of the Year for Symphony No. 4, Great Britain 2012 Prize of the International Festival Cervantino, Mexico 2012 Estonian Music Council Composition Award



Archive consists of 2 folders of clippings and programs.


The Pärt (Part), Arvo collection is available for public research.


The Pärt (Part), Arvo collection is the physical property of the Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota.

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The Pärt (Part), Arvo Collection, Estonian American Collection, IHRC Archives, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Arvo Part

FOLDER 1. Clippings and photocopies of articles about A. Pärt and reviews 1970s-2000
FOLDER 2. Programs 1980s-2001