Helena Tulve

(born in 1972, in Estonia), composer. Her influences are diverse. She studied at the Paris Conservatory and at IRCAM; with György Ligeti and with the patriarch of Estonian composers, Erkki-Sven Tüür; and has made herself intimately familiar with Gregorian chant and with folk music of the East. She is first of all a master of sculpting sound. In Ithaka, for female voice, violin, and piano, the voice and violin lines are so intimately and sensuously entwined that it's frequently hard to believe that only one human voice is singing. Il neige, for harpsichord and kannel, a Scandinavian stringed folk instrument, is a delicate and restlessly inventive exploration of the percussive timbres that can be produced by plucked strings. Each of the six works here is fully engaging, but the real knockout is Sula (Thaw) for large orchestra and didgeridoo, an elemental evocation of the melting of a glacier.
Selected works: il neige; Beholders; Ithaka; Sula
Awards: in 2000, the same year she was awarded the music prize of the Estonian Music Council and the Cultural prize of the R epublic of Estonia for her achievements in 2004. In 2005, Estonian Radio honored Helena Tulve with the title of the Musician of the Year.