Tuuri Dede


Barbara Hannigan & Equilibrium Young Artists

It's been a while since my last blog post. A lot has happened, but there's one project I have to mention.

It all started when I auditioned for Barbara Hannigan in London. The main aim was to participate in Stravinsky's “The Rake's Progress” conducted by Hannigan herself. I didn't get chosen for that production, but she offered me to sing Mozart Requiem with both Munich Philharmonics and Danish National Symphony Orchestra. I was beyond happy, especially when 350 people from 39 countries auditioned and 18 got chosen. It is the kind of initiative that offers young professional singers opportunities to perform in different projects (“The Rake's Progress”, Mozart Requiem, Stravinsky's “Pulcinella”) with different orchestras. But Equilibrium Young Artists is so much more than that! From day one (the day of audition) it’s been about “friendly eyes”- an expression used by Jackie Reardon, a coach for performance artists who Hannigan has been working with for years. To describe very briefly, it means to have a positive mindset while analysing our mistakes or performing on stage. We've practised that state of mind through yoga, exercises, discussion sessions. That way of thinking makes the whole Equilibrium group very connected and the work we've done together in rehearsals so much more fruitful than usual.

In one month I had my debuts with The Munich Philharmonics and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, singing Mozart Requiem conducted by Barbara Hannigan. Other soloists varied by concert, but were all from Equilibrium Young Artists. It was an amazing opportunity that I’m very grateful for!

More info: https://equilibrium-youngartists.com


First prize first time in an international competition!

Last Sunday, August the 6th, I participated in a competition called "Havets Röst" ("Voice of the Sea"), which happened for the first time. It took place in a small city called Mariehamn in Åland. It was a rather small competition, but had suprisingly many amazing singers from Latvia, Sweden, Finland and Norway. I got to meet many interesting people and overall it was a very warm welcome. 

Here are the results:
Tuuri Dede, I prize (6000 euros)
Sigrid Vetleseter Boe, II prize (2000 euros)
Martin Lissel, audience favourite (500 euros)

Alina Koivula, jury`s special prize for Poulenc interpretation

Here is the jury:
Mikael Fagerholm (head of jury)
Markus Lehtinen
Gabriel Suovanen
Annika Ollinkari


III PLMF Vocal Competition

I am happy to have had the opportunity of participating in the finals of III PLMF Vocal Competition (dedicated to tenor Vello Jürna) which took place in Estonia Concert Hall. I was accompanied by Pärnu City Orchestra and conductor Erki Pehk. I sang H. Berlioz`s "D`amour lardente flamme" and W. A. Mozart`s "Parto, parto". First prize was not given out, second was won by Olga Zaitseva and third by Raiko Raalik. I received 3 special prizes: A concert at EK (Eesti Kontsert), a concert at Kadriorg Palace and Vello Jürna family award. 


Full speed ahead!

Gypsy concerts are finished, thank you, Aule and Mariin! What a fiery music! Ay!

Now a small competition and then some Messiah and Beethoven 9th symphony. After that some more competitions and singing for Barbara Hannigan. So, full speed ahead!

VII Mart Saar Singing Competition

Yesterday I sang at the finals of Mart Saar Competition at Suure-Jaani Music Festival and won the 1. prize! Second prize was won by Tamar Nugis and third prize by Edgar Tereping. 

ERR (Estonian radio broadcasting company) will soon publish the finals, so keep your ears open!

A big thank you goes to my amazing pianist Kristi Kapten!



Master of Music- DONE!

I performed my A-tutkinto (Master concert- exam) yesterday to a maximum score! That was my last concert at Sibelius Academy. As a student, at least. 

Thank you for everyone who came to support and listen! A huge thank you to Kristian Attila, who accompanied me not only through the exam, but also through my studies at Siba!

I will soon publish a small excerpt to the video gallery.


One very thankful Tuuri

Here it is, finally!

Welcome to my home page! Check out the events; pictures, videos and reviews (which you will find under "Media"); my cv and more!

Thank you for the pictures, Sohvi Viik and thank you for the help with all technical questions, Priit Haasma! Without you two that page would look just dull.