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Ott Kask

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Ott Kask

Biography

Ott Kask (b. 1962, Jõgeva, Estonia) is an Estonian composer, teacher and conductor.

Kask studied trumpet at Tartu Music School, then trombone and wind conducting with Priit Raik and orchestra conducted by Paul Mägi at Tallinn Music Academy. He also studied conducting with Jorma Panula.

In 1988 Ott Kask joined with Tallinn Wind Band as euphonium player and in 1989 became conductor of the band. As guest conductor, Kask has performed with Wind Symphonic Band “Riga” (Latvia), Stockholm Transport Winds and Göteborgsmusiken (Sweden), Horten Marinemusiken (Norway), to mention the professional groups. In 1994 - 2008 he conducted Estonian Youth Wind Orchestra. The band participated in the Riva del Garda International Band Contest, Italy in 1999 and 2008 and World Music Contest in Kerkrade, Netherlands in 2001 and 2005.

Recently Kask is working as a teacher of brass in Viimsi and Kuusalu Music Schools and conducts orchestras and leads the jazz band in music schools - in Tallinna Music School, Viimsi Music School and Kuusalu Music School.

Kask has written music for wind orchestra, jazz band and for smaller instrumental groups, mainly arrangements based on local folk tunes and Estonian songwriters tunes. His Kuusalu Pulmamarss/Kuusalu ( Wedding March) for wind band (Estonian folk tune setting) was published by Edition 49 and Puhu Tuul/Blow the Wind/Pūt vējiņi for solo instrument, winds, percussions and jazz combo (based on Livonian folk tune) was published by Estonian Song and Dance Festival Foundation for the programme of the 11th Estonian Youth Song Celebration (1-3 July 2011 in Tallinn). Targa Rehealune for wind band (Estonian folk tune setting) was also published by Estonian Song and Dance Festival Foundation


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