Ateliers for singers

B15 Forgotten Peoples and Languages

There are over 7000 languages in the world, many of them are endangered. Veljo Tormis dedicated the cycle “Forgotten peoples” to Fennic ethnic groups that are nearly extinct. In this atelier, excerpts from this Tormis’ cycle and additionally other pieces in “dying” languages are performed. 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage and with this atelier we would like to remind people the rich intangible heritage found in choral traditions around Europe and the need to preserve this unique diversity.


Kari Turunen (FI) holds a doctorate in early music performance practice from the University of the Arts, Helsinki. He is the artistic director of the male chorus Akademiska Sångföreningen, Kampin Laulu chamber choir, the choir of the cantors of the Finnish Lutheran Church, Chorus Cantorum Finlandiae; the all-male Ensemble Petraloysio (2011–) and Spira Ensemble. He is also a member of Lumen Valo, a vocal ensemble that is one of the driving forces on the Finnish early music scene. Dr Turunen taught choral conducting at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences School 2001-2011, before concentrating on the roles of conductor and artist-scholar. He appears regularly as a teacher of choral courses, adjudicator and clinician. Dr. Turunen acts as chairman of the Finnish Choral Directors’ Association (FCDA). He was the Choral Conductor of the Year 2008 in Finland.

Zoltán Pad (HU) studied with Péter Erdei in Budapest and with Michael Gläser in Munich. In 2008 he worked as choir leader at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Between 2009 and 2014, he was chief conductor of Kodály Choir Debrecen, since 2014 he has been chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio Choir. As choir master he worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, with Daniel Harding, Péter Eötvös and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. He had concerts with all the professional mixed choirs in Hungary, and he is also a welcomed guest at professional choirs in Europe.

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