Kalle RANDALU (piano) is an internationally acclaimed pianist. He graduated from the Tallinn Music High School with Tiina Kurik in 1975 and from the Tallinn State Conservatoire with Bruno Lukk in 1980. In 1980–1983, he furthered his piano studies as a postgraduate student with Lev Vlassenko at Moscow Conservatoire. He has been awarded many prizes at several international piano competitions: first prize at the International Competition of Young Pianists in Usti-nad-Labem, Czechoslovakia (1971), as well as at pianists’ competition of the former Soviet Union Republics’ in Tallinn (1976) and the ARD Competition in Munich (1985). Randalu also became a laureate at the Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1981) and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1982). In 1980–1988, Randalu was the soloist of the State Philharmonic Society of ESSR, in 1982–1983, the chief editor of music programs at the Estonian Radio and in 1984–1988, piano teacher at the Tallinn Music High School and the Tallinn State Conservatoire. Since 1988, Randalu has lived in Germany. In 1990–1991, he was a guest professor in Berlin (Hochschule der Künste Berlin), in 1994–1997, a professor at the Music University of Freiburg and since 1997, he has been a professor of the Hochschule für Musik of Karlsruhe. He has conducted master courses in Estonia, Finland, Germany, the U.S., Australia and elsewhere.
Kalle Randalu has performed in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, USA and elsewhere. He has held concerts at several reputed concert halls, such as Vienna Konzerthaus, the Hercules Hall of Munich, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Great and Small Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Hamburg Musikhalle, the Finlandia Hall of Helsinki, Salzburg Festspielhaus and Mannheim Rosengarten. He has performed with several world-famous orchestras, such as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Mannheim Opera Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestras of Württemberg, Bratislava, St. Petersburg and Berlin. In Estonia, he has performed as a soloist with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Kalle Randalu’s repertoire includes more than 40 piano concertos. Due to the close connections with Estonian contemporary composers, Randalu has been the premier performer of several of their works. Randalu has densely collaborated with ensemble Mandelring Quartet and Trio di Clarone, as well as ensemble Villa Musica that unites leading musicians of whole Germany. Kalle Randalu has made recordings for more than 13 LPs and 30 CDs. Randalu was given the honorary title of ESSR Honored Worker in Arts (1982) and ESSR Popular Artist (1987). In 1999, he was named the honorary doctorate of the Estonian Academy of Music. He has been awarded the Estonian Republic’s IV Class Order of the White Star (2001) and the Annual Prize of the Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2006, 2016).