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The Instrument Foundation, in 2017 gave the cello built in 1904, by the instrument maker Celeste Farotti, from Milan, to Valle-Rasmus Roots, for use for a limited period. The owner of the cello certified by Hieronymus Köstler (Stuttgart) is Maivi Kaljuvee.

This year’s competition for string players was dedicated to the 115th birth anniversary of the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin. The chairman of the international jury of the competition was Professor Kristel Pappel of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The jury included Eva Bindere (Latvia), Susie Mészáros (England), Jan-Erik Gustafsson (Finland) and Jiri Parviainen (Finland).

Three public rounds took place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and in the finals the musicians were soloists together with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

Photographer: Lembit Michelson