Andres Mustonen


Andres Mustonen established and is Director of the ensemble Hortus Musicus (1972). Graduated as a violinist from the Tallinn State Conservatoire (today the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, 1977) and trained in Austria and The Netherlands.

Founded the ensemble Hortus Musicus while still a student. The ensemble established the practice of early music concerts in Estonia, and Mustonen himself became an active proponent of authentic performance in our country and in other countries in northern Europe, and has recorded twenty-five albums with the ensemble.

The musician devotes particular attention to oratorios and other genres of church music from the baroque era to the present day. His repertoire includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anton Bruckner, Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Tavener, Alexander Knaifel and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Collaborates with numerous outstanding ensembles, among them the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Viva chamber orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. For many years he has worked with the Tallinn Philharmonic and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Performs chamber music with Oleg Kagan, Natalia Gutman, Gidon Kremer, Tatiana Grindenko, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alexei Lyubimov, Eliso Virsaladze and Ivan Monighetti. Founded the chamber ensemble Art Jazz Quartet and tours with the orchestra throughout Europe.

Also appears as an opera conductor. Has conducted Gluck’s opera Orfeo ed Euridice at the Birgitta Festival held at the Tallinn Philharmonic (2010) and Handel’s operas Giulio Cesare in Egitto (2014) and Rinaldo (2015, 2016, 2017) at the Estonian National Opera.

In 1989 he organised the MustonenFest, which in 2002 became an international festival. In 2014 he established the MustonenFest Tallinn – Tel Aviv.

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