Flautist Neeme Punder (1958) is one of the most active early music players and researchers in Estonia. He is highly rated both as flute soloist as well as chamber musician. His musical growth-bed for more than 26 years has been the early music consort Hortus Musicus. This afore-mentioned long-lasting career in the consort has given him enormous knowledge in early music interpretation and historical instruments. He has participated in all the ensemble’s most important tours and performances at festivals and prestigious concert halls in Europe, Israel, the USA, Japan and Russia. By today Neeme Punder is considered to be one of the most respected early music performers and specialists. For many years he has been the artistic director and enthusiastic leader of Viljandi Early Music Festival as well as initiator of several concert series and festival Flutish Kingdom. 1998–2005 Neeme Punder was the artistic director of Viljandi Linnakapell – the oldest early music consort in Estonia.

As a versatile musician he is also held in high esteem as performer of contemporary music and premièr-performer of several works by Estonian composers like Peeter Vähi, Galina Grigorjeva, René Eespere, Helena Tulve, Toivo Tulev and Tõnu Kõrvits to name just a few. His stage-partners have been Aleksei Ljubimov, Tatjana Grindenko, Gidon Kremer, Paul Hillier, Natalja Gutman, Daniel Raiskin, Oleg Kagan, Aina Kalnciema, Matti Helin, Patrick Galois, David James, Tõnu Kaljuste, Meelis Vind, Ain Anger, Pille Lill, Toomas Vavilov et al. He has also played in several ensembles (among others Hortus Musicus 1979–2005, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian Baroque Soloists, Nyyd Ensemble et al) as well as international projects like the Finnish-Estonian Baroque Orchestra, Art Russica, Sebra, Barocco a Tre, Early Music Academy and many others. Currently he belongs to the core of contemporary music ensemble – Reval Ensemble – and also group Elavad Klassikud (‘Living Classics’) and the woodwind quintet of the Estonian National Opera.

Neeme Punder’s solo album The Flutish Kingdom has been released by Erdenklang, 2001. His flute solos have been recorded in flute concerto by René Eespere (Antes, 1998), in Flatus II and Trivium by the same conductor Antes, 2001), in the suite by Johannes Talli (Emmanuel Recording Studios, 2003), in Scenario and Vaikiv Odalisk by Lepo Sumera (Megadisc Classics, 2003), in flute concerto A Chant of Bamboo by Peeter Vähi (ERP, 2006). He has been doing numerous radio recordings and has also been presented on more than 20 records with Hortus Musicus.

A huge part of Neeme Punder’s work is taken by teaching activities. He has been teaching flute and recorder in Viljandi Music School, at the Latvian Academy of Music and at Tallinn Music High School (since 1995) and is professor at the Viljandi Academy of Culture by Tartu University and lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Music. He has conducted early music masterclasses in Finland, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and elsewhere.

Neeme Punder graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music in 1981 as flutist under the supervision by Elmar Peäske and has completed his education with Wilbert Hazelzet, Walter van Hauwe and Marjike Miessen in the Netherlands. He has been awarded the Grand Prix at the Estonian Wind Players’ Competition in 1979.

Tiit Peterson studied with Vladimir Katkov at Tallinn Georg Ots Conservatory and with Professor Yuri Yudin in Moscow. He has furthered his education with such renowned masters as Leo Brouwer (Cuba) and Roberto Aussel (Argentina). Tiit Peterson has toured most of Europe, being always welcome and receiving high critic acclaims.

Tiit Peterson has performed with the best Estonian musicians, his long term partners being the flute players Tauno Saviauk and Neeme Punder, accordionist Allan Jakobi, violinists Ülo Kaadu, Maano Männi and Harry Traksmann, cellists Aare Tammesalu and Pärt Tarvas, as well as many vocalists, such as Leili Tammel, Iris Oja, Teele Jõks,  Helen Lokuta, Janne Sevtsenko and the countertenor Ka Bo Chan. Meeting the Russian guitar legend Anastasia Bardina resulted in a duo project – they gave over 50 concerts, including untraditional venues such as nocturnal Lake Leigo to approximately 6000 listeners. Tiit Peterson has also toured Estonian concert venues with American guitarist Eric Jones. The more exotic projects include concerts of South-American music for the charango and the guitar with Patrick Zeoli. Tiit Peterson has recorded most important compositions by Estonian composers for the guitar repertoire and many other pieces. He recorded a CD of 20th century music for the flute and the guitar with Tauno Saviauk titled Mystical Uniting and a CD of music written for the duo by Estonian composers titled Estonian Portraits. A long-time cooperation with mezzo-soprano Leili Tammel has resulted in 2 CDs of Kuldar Sink’s highly original compositions, belonging to the highlights of Estonian chamber music: El grito y el silencio (The Scream and the Silence) to the verses of Federico Garcia Lorca and The Seasons to the verses of Juhan Liiv. He has recorded three guitar concertos by the Estonian composers Peeter Vähi, Tõnu Kõrvits and Raimo Kangro with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vello Pähn. The album is titled White Concert. In co-operation with the Russian composer and jazz guitarist Alexander Vinitsky were born new guitar pieces from Raimond Valgre’s most beautiful melodies that Tiit Peterson has recorded on a CD Stay for a While. In 2003 he performed Peeter Vähi’s White Concerto for a guitar and orchestra in the Great Hall of St Petersburg Philharmonia with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Vladislav Bulakhov.

Tiit Peterson has repeatedly performed Vivaldi’s guitar concertos with most of Estonian orchestras and with Finnish orchestras, also under the direction of the legendary conductor Jorma Panula.  Being a passionate interpreter and advertiser of contemporary music, he has inspired many Estonian composers to create new works for the guitar. The following composers have written music for him: René Eespere, Peeter Vähi, Tõnu Kõrvits, Raimo Kangro, Kuldar Sink, Urmas Sisask, Ester Mägi, Jaan Rääts, Lauri Jõeleht and many others, including famous composers from abroad, such as Harri Wessman, Minna Leinonen, Kai Nieminen and Jorge Cardoso. Tiit Peterson has educated a whole new generation of professional Estonian guitarist and he is founder and artistic director of Tallinn Guitar Festival.

Winner of Estonian music award “Musician of the Year 2010”, Urmas Sisask in one of the most beloved Estonian composer. His music is always warmly received by listeners and players. His choir music in the programes of Estonian Song Festival is often performed by 30000 singers in front of 300000 listeners.

“New Zodiac”- 13 pieces for flute and guitar are full of beauty in melodies and harmonies, rich in caracters and technics for both instruments. It is also one of the largest Estonian chamber music work from this century and of course inspired by starry sky like all his music.