The chamber choir of Tallinn University of Technology competed in Lithuania in
On February 22, TalTech recognized its employees and researchers. In addition, active
Rihards Zarins’ studies in music began in 1998 and continued to 2009. at the Riga Cathedral Choir School, where he studied piano, singing, conducting and other music-related specialties. In 2009-2013, Rihards continued his studies at the Jāzeps Mediņa Music High School in Riga, where he majored in conducting under Jānis Baltiņš.
In 2013-2014, Rihards studied choir conducting at the Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music in Latvia, where he was supervised by Māris Sirmais.
Rihards has work experience with several different choirs: in 2013-2014 he worked as choirmaster of the youth choir in Balsis (Latvia, conductor Ints Teterovskis), in 2012-2013 as the second conductor of the mixed choir in Spārnos (Latvia, Jūrmala), in 2013-2014 he conducted the mixed choir of the Nordic Language Gymnasium in Riga. Since 2015, Rihards has been working as the choirmaster of the Latvian-Finnish mixed choir Ziemeļmeita (conductor Ilmārs Millers) in Helsinki, Finland.
Since 2013 Rihards has been an assistant to Ilmārs Millers and Jānis Baltiņš to the organizing committee of choir festivals and song festivals in Riga Mežaparks, Latvia. He has helped at various song festivals, the Nordic and Baltic Folk Song Festival and the World Choir Olympics.
Austeja Pezelyte has been an active choir singer and conductor since the early age. She began her studies of choral conducting in the National M. K. Ciurlionis School of Arts under Romualdas Grazinis and later orchestral conducting studies under Martynas Staskus. After the graduation in 2019, she started her Bachelor’s studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under Toomas Kapten. Austeja has participated in the choral and orchestral conducting masterclasses with Georg Grün and Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
Austeja earned 2nd place in National Gediminas Purlys Young Conductors Competition in Klaipeda, Lithuania and was a finalist in the Imants Kokars Young Conductors Competition in Riga, Latvia. As choir singer, Austeja has participated in the Marktoberdorf Chamber Choir Competition and International Baltic Sea Competition.
Currently, Austeja is studying in the 3rd year of Bachelor, working with the Taltech Chamber Choir, and searching for more opportunities to improve as a choral conductor.
Photograph- Jaan Krivel