• premiere: violin concerto “Cloudworks”

    February 24, 2022

    Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra; Dalia Kuznecovaite – violin; Erki Pehk – conductor.
    Kaunas Philharmony Hall

  • premiere: toccatattack

    February 20, 2018

    20th of February

    Estonia Concert Hall

    Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, violin

    Sten Lassmann, piano


    “Toccattatack” for violin and piano

  • “symphonic slices” in Belgrade

    September 18, 2018

    September 18th 2018 in the “Kolarac” Concert Hall, Belgrade

    RTS Symphony Orchestra

    conducted by Bojan Sudjić

  • premiere: “tulikeel”

    August 25, 2018

    9 pm, Haven Kakumäe yacht harbour



    Text: Hasso Krull

    Estonian State Symphony Orchestra

    Kadri Voorand, vocals

    Andres Kaljuste, conductor



  • premiere: Sample Library

    October 10, 2018


    Wednesday, 10.10, 16:00  Tallinn , Estonia Concert Hall

    International piano festival “Klaver”

    “Sample Library” for piano solo, performed by Arko Narits


  • premiere: “worlds…break the soundness”

    May 3, 2019

    May 3, 2019 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

    Ülo Krigul (b. 1978, Estonia)
    “worlds… break the soundness” (2019, premiere)

    Eino Tamberg (1930–2010, Estonia)
    “Opening Fanfares” for symphony orchestra (1975/2001)

    Lotta Wennäkoski (b. 1970, Finland)
    “Susurrus” for guitar and orchestra (2016)

    Mayke Nas (b. 1972, the Netherlands)
    “Down the Rabbit-Hole” (2012)

    Alex Nante (b. 1992, Argentina)
    “La Pérégrination vers l’ouest” (2016)

    Ho Chi So (b. 1994, Hongkong)
    “Radio Conversation” for orchestra and electronics (2018, Estonian premiere)

    PETRI KUMELA guitar
    Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor OLARI ELTS

  • premiere: “aga vaata aina üles”

    November 12, 2019

    Wind. Breath. And Spirit

    Tuesday, 12.11.2019 at 19:00

    St Paul’s Church, Tartu

    Tickets: 10-15 € Buy

    Wednesday, 13.11.2019 at 19:00

    St Nicholas’ (Niguliste) Church, Tallinn

    Tickets: 15-20 € Buy

    Ülo Krigul
    – Aga vaata aina üles (But Look Ever Upwards, premiere)

    Arvo Pärt
    – Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen

    Alfred Schnittke
    – Concerto for Choir

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Conductor Kaspars Putniņš


    The concert “Wind. Breath. And Spirit.” combines pieces full of contrasts wandering within the borders of fragility and drama. The composers included in the programme feature the 20th century Russian classic, Alfred Schnittke, the most well-known Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, and a representative of Estonian younger generation composers, Ülo Krigul, who resides with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir this year. The keywords of the programme – WIND, BREATH and SPIRIT – come from the lyrics of the pieces which handle the subjects of soul and spirituality, each of them in its own way – they lift us high up in heavens, force us to think about the depth of human existence or carry us together with the wind… As an Estonian poet Uku Masing has said: “Back in the days when one spoke about the wind, one spoke about the spirit.  Because there was no difference between the soul and the wind, the spirit and the tempest running their own endless track…“

    The EPCC will record the current programme for BIS Records as a follow-up to the album “Psalms of Repentance“ by Schnittke that won the prestigious Gramophone Award in 2018.

    Concerto for Choir (1984/85) by Alfred Schnittke is one of the most powerful pieces of a cappella choir music. The texts by the 10th century Armenian poet Gregory of Narek, reflect the soul’s conversation with God, full of repentance and thirst for purity. “Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen” (1988) are seven antiphons sung in the Roman Catholic liturgy during Evening Prayer on the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve: one antiphon with a magnificat each day. Arvo Pärt has assembled these prayers into one comprehensive concert piece, composed in tintinnabuli style, and each part has its own complete form and individual character. Ülo Krigul’s new piece, based on the texts by the Estonian poet Uku Masing, was commissioned by the EPCC and Kaspars Putniņš. The work is inspired by the time in November that the Estonians call “the time of all souls“ – as the light becomes less and less, the more bright are the single rays of sun that give people the power to believe and hope.

  • Premiere: “quilty pleasures in open d from real fake book”

    November 16, 2019

    16.11 19:00 St. Nicholas´ Church, Tallinn. Concert

    “Portrait of an Unknown Musician”, solist Andrus Kallastu (voice).  Music by Ü. Krigul (premiere), G. Grigorjeva (premiere), R. Kangro, J. S. Bach, P. Jalkanen, live-compositions.


  • Premiere: “Autumn.Landscapes”

    February 2, 2021

    Inspired by Veljo Tormis´ choir cycle “Autumn landscapes”

    Text: Viivi Luik

    Performed by: Iris Oja (soprano), Endrik Üksvärav (tenor), Indrek Vau (trumpet), Peep Lassmann (piano); 2.02.2021 Pärnu Concert Hall

  • premiere: “Wolfqueen” for solo clarinet

    May 2, 2021

    Taavi Orro (clarinet), Eestonian Broadcasting Studio I,  Estonian and Baltic Music Days Festival

  • premiere: “Streeeeeeeeeeeeeetch”

    January 1, 1970


    flute, clarinet, percussion, electric guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, fixed and mixed media

    Tallinn New Music Ensemble, 02.05, Estonian Broadcasting Studio, Estonian and Baltic Music Days Festival

  • Premiere: “signes and signatures”

    July 15, 2021

    Kristel Aer (organ), Ene Nael (cembalo); 15.07.2021, Viljandi St. John´s Church, Viljandi Organ Music Festival

  • premiere: “the bow”

    July 18, 2021


    For symphony orchestra

    Dedicated to Paavo Järvi and Estonian Festival Orchestra

    Premiere: Estonian Festival Orchestra, conductor Paavo Järvi; 18.07.2021, Pärnu Concert Hall


  • premiere: “the ocean”

    January 1, 1970


    Mixed choir, percussion, strings, electronics
    premier: 15.07.22, Tallinn Harbour open air stage; Tallinn Sinfonia Orchestra, Voces Musicales, Risto Joost, Sander Mölder

  • Movie premiere: “buried in europe”

    January 1, 1970

    A hyperlapse animation movie by Hardy Volmer and Urmas Jõemees.

    Music by Ülo Krigul

  • premiere: violin concerto “cloudworks” – postponed!! to december 15th

    January 20, 2022

    premiere: 21.01.22, Couvent des Jacobins, Rennes, France; Orchestre National de Bretagne; Dalia Kuznecovaite – violin; Erki Pehk – conductor.


  • premiere – postponed!!!: “liquid turns” for mixed choir and electronics

    February 4, 2022

    premiere: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Kaspars Putninś;
    creation: Ülo Krigul and Carlo Laurenzi (IRCAM)
    Commissioned by EPCC/IRCAM

  • “Vesi ise” in Brussels

    January 28, 2018

    Sunday, 28.01.2018 at 18:00

    Flagey Concert Hall, Brussels, Belgium

    ÜLO KRIGUL (1978)
    „Water itself“ for mixed choir and fonogram (2015)

    ARVO PÄRT (1935)
    „Magnificat” (1989)
    „Zwei Beter“ (1998)

    „Nunc dimitis“ (2001)
    „Dopo la vittoria“ (1996/1998)


    LIISA HIRSCH (1984)
    „Lines” for chamber choir and electronics (2017, Belgian premiere, commissioned by Flagey in the framework of ULYSSES)
    Liisa Hirsch (electronics)

    VELJO TORMIS (1930-2017)
    „St John’s Day Songs“ (1967) V part of the cycle “Estonian Calendar Songs”


    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Conductor Kaspars Putninš

  • premiere: Kolm Kõla

    December 20, 2017

    20th of December, 4.00 PM, Estonia Concert Hall
    Brass Academy, Ernesto Chiulia, conductor Aavo Ots

  • premiere: laevadele

    July 2, 2017

    Laevadele (To The Boats)

    Wind orchestras of the XII Youth Song Celebration, conductor Hando Põldmäe;

    Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, XII Youth SOng and Dance Celebration

  • premiere: “and the sea arose…”

    April 19, 2019

    Friday, 19.04.2019 at 19:00
    St John’s Church, Tallinn

    Saturday, 20.04.2019 at 19:00
    St Paul’s Church, Tartu

    James MacMillan. „Seven Last Words from the Cross“
    Ülo Krigul. “And the sea arose…” (premiere)
    Arvo Pärt. „Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten”

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
    Conductor Kaspars Putninš

  • PREMIERE: Symphonic Slices

    May 18, 2017

    May 18, 2017, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn

    May 19, Tartu Concert Hall

    May 20, Pärnu Concert Hall

    Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paul Mägi

  • Opera premiere: “swan bone city”

    July 25, 2016

    Opening event of Saaremaa Opera Festival 2016

    Opera based on a short story by Kristiina Ehin

    Script by Marianne Kõrver and Taavi Eelmaa

    Performed by:

    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Iiris Vesik (soprano)
    Helen Lepalaan (mezzo)
    Marius Peterson (baritone)

    Conductor Risto Joost

    Director: Marianne Kõrver
    Visual art: Kristjan Suits
    Costumes: Triinu Pungits
    Video art: Emer Värk
    Lightning art: Oliver Kulpsoo
    Choreography: Marge Ehrenbusch

    The opera is in 5 acts with duration approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.


    An architect loves a lady. But the lady is frightened by the vastness of her love and has no courage to answer the Architects proposals. However, she extends a seemingly impossible task for the Architect to fullfill – to build a city that flies as high as her own dreams. The Architect is restless to constantly create new cities, but the moody beauty as if coming from another reality rejects all of them. Through the search and research, prays and revelations the Architect eventually explores an unknown magic material – swan bones. In the city of swan bones he is now expecting to meet his beloved one. In the same time he realises that the streets of this city have to be paved with his own skin, his own blood would run the engines of the power plant and his very own skull shall be shining on top of the churchtower.

    “Swan Bone City” is an opera once again trying to gain the impossible – blending together into pure gold the emotions bigger than life, the inevitability of earthly temporality and dreams. This musically integral whole complemented by the minimalistic and precise visual art is ment to nourish those blessed and blind ones who have chosen the way of ardour, devotion and sacrefice. We belive that there is a certain kind of religious dimension which opens up only through a public walk of passion. The kind of salvation one has to call for over the whole city.


    Listen to the prologue of the opera:


  • premiere: “understandards”

    April 15, 2016

    Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor Anu Tali
    Estonian Voices


    Maria Kõrvits (b. 1987). “falling up into the bowl of sky” for symphony orchestra (2016, premiere)
    Mari Vihmand (b. 1967). “Floreo” for symphony orchestra (1996)
    Mirjam Tally (b. 1976). “Erosion” for amplified cello, orchestra and electronics (2015, premiere)
    Ülo Krigul (b. 1978). “Understandards” for symphony orchestra and vocal ensemble (2016, premiere)
    Lepo Sumera (1950–2000). Symphony No 6 (2000)

  • premiere: “layers playout”

    February 13, 2016

    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, cond. Risto Joost

    Alfred Schnittke “Moz’art a’la Haydn”
    Krzysztof Penderecki String trio
    Arnold Schönberg „Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte“ Op. 41
    Ülo Krigul  “Layers Playout” (premmiere)
    Erkki-Sven Tüür “Synergie”
    Igor Stravinski Concerto in D “Basel”

  • premiere: “vesi ise” for chamber choir

    October 3, 2015

    The Tubin Hall, Heino Eller Music School, Tartu, Estonia
    Tallinn Creative Hub, Estonia

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir concert series „Vitrages“ I concert: „Land of tree worshippers“

    Mirjam Tally – „Land of tree worshippers” (premiere); text Kristiina Ehin
    Ülo Krigul – “Vesi ise” (premiere); text Ilmar Laaban
    Kaija Saariaho – „Tag des Jahrs“
    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
    Conductor Kaspars Putninš

  • premiere: “dances with the winds” in USA

    June 27, 2015

    Ravenswood, West Virginia

    American Wind Symphony Orchestra, musical director Robert Austin Boudreau


  • premiere: men at arms

    July 6, 2014

    Music from the feature film “Malev” (Men At Arms)

    Joint orchestra of XXVI General Song Celebration, conductor Peeter Saan;

    Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

  • “Chordae” in denmark

    June 5, 2015

    Musikhuset Aarhus Symfonisk Sal

    Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, conductor Kristiina Poska


    Ülo Krigul

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major, KV 364 for Violin and Viola

    Johannes Brahms
    Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

  • “GOIN`” in Brazil

    May 17, 2015

    Julio Prestes Cultural Center, Sao Paolo Concert Hall

    Orquestra Jovem do Estado,  conductor Cláudio Cruz, bassoon Martin Kuuskmann


    Ludvig van Beethoven –  “4th Symphony”

    Ülo Krigul – concerto for bassoon and orchestra “GOIN`”

    Ferenc Liszt – “Preludes”


  • “section music” in Montreal

    March 12, 2015

    Program :
    Ülo Krigul : Section Music ** (2014)
    Fredrik Gran : Champ Magnétique * (2015)
    Frédéric Le Bel : Why don’t you get from in front of me ? * (2015)
    Pierre Alexandre Tremblay : Les pâleurs de la lune (2014)

    * Premiere
    ** North American premiere


  • PREMIERE: “Tähtedele” / “To the stars” for saxophone and church organ

    December 28, 2014

    VIRGO VELDI (saxophone) and ULLA KRIGUL (organ)


    F. Schmitt – Legend op 66 (arranged for organ by U. Krigul)

    H.-A. Stamm – Mandala

    D. Bedard – Sonata for saxophone and organ nr. 1

    H.-A. Stamm – “Under the starry sky”

    Ü. Krigul – “Tähtedele” / “To the stars” (premiere)

    H.-A. Stamm – “Toccata giocosa” for organ

  • Premiere: “Section Music” for saxophone quartet

    October 7, 2014

    Tuesday 07. 10. 2014 19.00
    Tallinn, Eesti Raadio 1. stuudio


    Marie-Chantal Leclair (Artistic director, soprano saxophone)
    Mathieu Leclair (alto saxophone)
    André Leroux (tenor saxophone)
    Jean-Marc Bouchard (baritone saxophone)

    Wolf Edwards (Canada). Predator Drone MQ-1 (European première) (2013, rev. 2014)  For saxophone quartet and electronics

    Ülo Krigul (Estonia). Section Music (première) (2014) For saxophone quartet

    Louis Andriessen (The Netherlands). Facing Death (1990) For saxophone quartet

    Pierre Alexandre Tremblay (Canada/UK). Les pâleurs de la lune (European première) For saxophone quartet and electronics

    Alexander Schubert (Germany). Hello (European première) (2014) For saxophone quartet, video and electronics

  • Premiere: “GOIN´” concerto for bassoon and orchestra

    July 10, 2014

    Thu, July 10th at 7 pm St John’s church, Tartu
    Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, Martin Kuuskmann (bassoon),  Andres Mustonen ( conductor), concertmaster Elar Kuiv


  • premiere: “Random Airs”

    May 24, 2014

    May 24, 2014, Pärnu St. Elizabeth’s Church
    Kai Kallastu (soprano), Talvi Nurgamaa (viola)

  • premiere: “flight no jk025″

    April 18, 2014

    April 18, 2014, Tallinn Sea Plane Harbour, festival Jazzkaar

    Ülo Krigul (prepared piano, harmoniums, live electronics), Kadri Voorand  (vocal), Siim Aimla (saxophones), Mart Taniel (prepared piano, electronics, visual solutions), Peedu Kass (bass), Reigo Ahven and Kaia Karjatse (percussion), Tammo Sumera (sound engineer);

  • PREMIERE: “CHORDAE” for symphony orchestra

    July 21, 2013

    Sunday, July 21, 7 pm, Pärnu Concert Hall, Pärnu Music Festival Järvi Academy
    Pärnu Festival Orchestra, conductor Paavo Järvi

  • Tallinn Music Week

    April 6, 2013

    Tallinn Music Week
    20:00 Mustpeade maja

    „Swan Bone City”
    Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble U:, Iiris, Risto Joost

    Lauri-Dag Tüür