Kadri-Ann Sumera

Kadri-Ann Sumera is one of the most versatile Estonian pianists of her generation. She is engaged as soloist as well as chamber musician and accompanist and her repertoire covers a wide range from baroque to contemporary music. She has made premieres of pieces written for her (for example Piano Concerto from Märt-Matis Lill and “A rebours” from Nicolas Gilbert) and also performed on several Estonian premieres of important works of XX century such as Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Mantra” for two pianos and electronics (with Sabine Simon and Hendrik Manook), Olivier Messiaen’s “Harawi” for soprano and piano (with Kai Kallastu) and John Cage’s “Dances for two prepared pianos” (with Hanna Heinmaa). She has been involved in some multimedia-performances, for example “Sound : Picture”, which combines Estonian classical music with video. Important part of her repertoire consists of the music by Kadri-Ann’s father, an important Estonian composer Lepo Sumera but also of the works of other Estonian composers such as Tüür, Tubin, Pärt and Mägi.

Sumera studied at the Estonian Music Academy and Music Academy of Cologne with Merike Bürger, Ülle Sisa, Maigi Pakri, Professor Peep Lassmann and Professor Arbo Valdma. In 2004/5, she attended The International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt.

She has successfully participated in competitions, among which she received 2nd prize at the Baltic Television Competition “Alternative”  and special prizes in both the “European Piano Teachers Associacion” in Zagreb and the competition for Estonian pianists.

Sumera is a member of Estonian Interpreters Associacion and was chairman in 2007-8. She has made numerous recordings for Estonian Radio. Kadri-Ann is the founder of the New Music Ensemble of Tartu. As a soloist she has performed with orchestras such as Estonian State Symphony Orchestra (cond. Arvo Volmer), Dresden Sinfonietta (Milko Kersten), Pärnu City Orchestra (Risto Joost) etc.

Besides her work as a teacher in Tallinn Georg Ots Music School, Sumera has taught in Tartu Heino Eller Music School and been moderator in Estonian Classical Radio for years. In the year 2015/16 she worked at the Akademie für Tonkunst (University of cooperative education) in Darmstadt, Germany. She is one of the initiators of the school concert projects in Estonia and is an active kayaker – journeys have taken her from Malawi to Greenland.