Mihkel Poll - piano

date: Since 4.2013 place: World In progress

Mihkel Poll was born in Tallinn in 1986. He has studied at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Ivari Ilja and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ronan O´Hora. He is currently doing his doctorate degree at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with prof. Ivari Ilja.

Mihkel Poll has won several prizes in important competitions including 1st prize at the Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition in Italy, 1st prize at the Tallinn International Piano Competition in Estonia and 1st prize at the Ferrol International Piano Competition in Spain.

Mihkel Poll has played in many countries including Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and the USA.

He has performed with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Symphony, Magdeburg Philharmonics, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Birmingham Schools´ Symphony Orchestra, Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra, Norwich Philharmonics, Lincoln Symphony Orchstra, Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and the Pärnu City Orchestra under the conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer, Olari Elts, Anu Tali, Michael Seal, Eri Klas, Richard Llaing, Matt Andrews, and others.

Last few seasons have included recital at the London Wigmore Hall, residency with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra including performances under Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer and Olari Elts, European tour with Nordic Symphony Orchestra and US tour with Sarasota Symphony, both under Anu Tali. 

In April 2014 Mihkel Poll gave a premiere of the piano concerto by distinguished Estonian composer Helena Tulve. Recent concerts have included recitals and appearances with different orchestras in Italy, United Kingdom, Poland, Romania and Estonia.

In 2015, Polish label DUX released Mihkel Poll's second album, including pieces by Enescu, Bartók, Tüür and Kõrvits. The album received the Estonian Classical Music Album 2016 award and was praised by the international press.

Among future plans of Mihkel Poll are his debut with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and releasing a new album, together with violinist Mari Poll.

Mihkel Poll has been nominated the Estonian Cultural Endowment Award (2004) and Young Cultural Figure Award of the President of Estonia (2013).

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Chamber music programs for 2018-2019:

1. Duo with Mari Poll (violin) - listen to fragments here
Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Violin and Piano
Arnold Schoenberg – Phantasy For Violin and Piano
Erkki-Sven Tüür – Walk on the Rope for Violin and Piano
Erkki-Sven Tüür – Conversio for Violin and Piano
George Enescu – Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 a-moll, op. 25 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor, KV 305
César Franck – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major
Arvo Pärt – Fratres for violin and piano
Sergei Prokofiev – Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F minor, Op.80

2. Duo with Peijun Xu (viola)

One of the finest Chinese viola players of her generation, Peijun Xu and one of the most outstanding Estonian pianists, Mihkel Poll performed together for the first time in 2014, at the Järvi Festival in Pärnu, Estonia. The enthusiastic reaction of the public gave the two artists the idea to prepare three different concert programs which they will present together. They include original pieces for viola and piano, as well as arrangements which allow their public to discover milestone repertoire pieces in new, intriguing light.

The first program includes wonderful Konzertstück by Georges Enescu, a piece which merits as much attention as his well known three Violin Sonatas. It is followed by the viola version of Sergei Rachamninov's Cello Sonata, Op.19. The program closes with Dmitri Shostakovitch's Viola Sonata –composer's final musical testament. The second program focuses on great romantic pieces: Johannes Brahms' Cello Sonata and César Franck's Violin Sonata, in their viola versions. The two pieces, unveiling their new sound are preceded by Robert Schumann's Märchenbilder. Finally, the third program ranges from Johann Sebastian Bach's Gamba Sonata to Paul Hindemith's Viola Sonata. Between the two pieces, distant by over two hundred years, a musical bridge is constructed with the viola version of Robert Schumann's first Violin Sonata and Franz Schubert's first Sonatina.

Program I
Georges Enescu - Konzertstück for viola and piano
Sergei Rachmaninov - Cello Sonata in g minor, Op. 19 (viola version)
Dmitri Shostakovitch - Sonata for viola and piano in c minor, Op. 147

Program II
Robert Schumann - Märchenbilder, Op. 113
Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No. 1 in e minor, op. 38 (viola version)
César Franck - Violin Sonata in A major (viola version)

Program III
Johann Sebastian Bach - Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major BWV 1029
Robert Schumann - Violin Sonata No.1 in a minor, Op. 105 (viola version)
Franz Schubert - Sonatina No.1 in D major, Op. 137 (D384)
Paul Hindemith - Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 11 No. 4