Ester Mägi

(born in 1922, in Tallinn, Estonia), composer. She is considered the first lady of Estonian Music. She graduated from Tallinn State Conservatoire in 1952 as a student of Mart Saar, and continued with postgraduated studies in Moscow Conservatoire in 1951-1954 with Visarion Shebalin. In 1954-1984, as an associate Professor, she lectured in Music Theory at Tallinn State Conservatoire. Her works have been performed in Finland, Sweden, Germany Poland and Russia, United States and Australia. Her chamber music has been played by renowned Estonian and foreign musical collectives and artists. Her orchestral works have been conducted by Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Peeter Lilje, Paul Mägi. Mägi's choral songs belong to the repertoire of numerous Estonian choirs and have been awarded at many competitions, including regular choral song contest of the Eastonian National Male Choir, and the Georg Ots Music Days new vocal works contest in 1985, 1986 and 1988. Ester Mägi's work has been recorded by Melodiya, Estonian Radio, Raven Records, Finlandia Records. Three author CDs have been released: LP "Ester Mägi. Three of Song, Alba Records. She has been member of the Estonian Composers Union since 1952.
Selected Works: the chamber work A TRE, which was composed on the day Estonia regained its independence.
Selected recordings: LP Ester Mägi. Bucolics, Melodiya 1988; CD Ester Mägi. A Musical portrait, 1998; CD Ester Mägi. Tree of Song.
Awards: Prize of the Soviet Estonia (1980), Annual music Award of the ESSR (1985), Estonian Culture Award (1996), Lifetime Achievement Award of the Estonian National Culture Foundation (1999), Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2001). In 1999 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and she received the award for Estonia's best chamber composition in 1991.