Jonas Tarm



U.S. premiere of Refugee at Sea May 21 in New York City


Camerata Notturna

April 4, 2016

“Refugee at Sea,” a work for string orchestra, will premiere in the United States next month in New York City. It will be performed by the Camerata Notturna orchestra and conductor Kyle Ritenauer (conductor change).  The performance is May 21, 2016, at 2 p.m., Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church at Lincoln Center. Tickets are available online here:

The performance stems from Jonas’ winning of Camerata Notturna’s inaugural composition competition. “Refugee at Sea” was commissioned by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. It was performed in Tallinn, Estonia under the direction of Risto Joost in September, 2015. Camerata Notturna is comprised of musicians with experience performing at some of the world’s top orchestras, from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.

More about the composition competition won by Jonas HERE

New Piece, Refugee at Sea, Completed

September 2, 2015

“Refugee at Sea” (Pagulane merel in Estonian) — which was commissioned by the Tallinn Philharmonic Society for the the opening-season concert of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra — is completed and delivered. It will be performed under the direction of Risto Joost on Sept. 19 in Tallinn, Estonia. For tickets visit Piletilevi.

Drawing by: Poornima Muralidharan




Commission of New Work for the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

August 13, 2015

        The Tallinn Philharmonic Society has commissioned Jonas Tarm to write a new work for Estonia’s internationally renowned Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and its widely celebrated music director, Risto Joost. The world premiere of the piece is scheduled for the orchestra’s season-opening concert at the House of Blackheads in Tallinn on Sept. 19. Jonas will be rehearsing with the orchestra and attending the concert. For more information and tickets visit Piletilevi.
        Jonas and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra have worked together before: in 2013, the orchestra premiered his “Headline Hues: Concerto for Strings,” and the orchestra has regularly performed parts of the work ever since, including as encores.


Peegelpildid performance on TV (Starts 1:11:30)

May 21, 2015

Peegelpildid, was performed on television by the Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu March 27th. It was commissioned by Korp! Ugala and it premiered in October, 2013 by the same group. Piece starts at 1:11:30. See video HERE.



by Jonas Tarm

by Jonas Tarm

Statement Regarding Cancellation of Carnegie Hall Debut

March 4, 2015

It has been an honor and pleasure to rehearse my music with the New York Youth Symphony and conductor Joshua Gersen. These fellow young musicians are some of the most artistically advanced and mature musicians I have been able to work with.

I am disappointed and confused by the decision of the president of the board and the executive director of the NYYS to cancel my Carnegie Hall debut… more


New Recording: Aeg for Chorus

November 23, 2014


Yellow Media on TV

Yellow Media on TV

Yellow Media performance on TV

October 1, 2014

Yellow Media, the third movement of Headline Hues: Concerto for Strings, was performed on television by the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Risto Joost on Oct. 1. It was broadcast on Estonian TV (ETV) during a national awards show – the Cultural Endowment of Estonia Award Ceremony. See the video HERE. Headline Hues was commissioned by the Estonian Composer’s Union and it premiered in April, 2013, by the same orchestra and conductor performing it HERE.


by Jonas Tarm

by Jonas Tarm


New Piece, Mарш у Hебуття, Completed

August 29, 2014

Mарш у Hебуття [Marsh u Nebuttya] (March to Oblivion), commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony, has been delivered today to the orchestra. The piece was completed on August 1st, 2014 and is dedicated to the victims of hunger and fire. The official premiere is scheduled for March 8th, 2015 at Carnegie Hall‘s Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage. There will be a free community concert at the United Palace on February 22nd, 2015. Rehearsals begin December 2014.



New Recording: Thoughts of Prayer for Solo Guitar.
Played by Alec Holcomb

July 25, 2014


The Boston Globe Interview

The Boston Globe Interview

Boston Globe Interview: Sound ideas from young composer

June 8, 2014

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Carnegie Hall Debut Announced

New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall

New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall

April 27, 2014

Jonas Tarm has been commissioned to write a new orchestral work by the New York Youth Symphony to be played at Carnegie Hall – one of the world’s most renowned concert halls in New York City. Tarm was selected as one of just seven winners of a prestigious U.S. composers’ contest. Tarm and the six others were chosen out 150 applicants for the First Music prize – an annual hallmark of the New York Youth Symphony. Called “invaluable” by The New York Times, the 31-year-old First Music competition is widely seen as a leading force in the U.S. for bringing the work of younger composers to the public’s attention. The concert will take place on March 8, 2014. NYYS press release.


Commission from New York Virtuoso Singers

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbum, Artistic Director and Conductor

The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, Artistic Director and Conductor

March 21, 2014

The New York Virtuoso Singers has commissioned Jonas Tarm to write a piece for its SATB Chorus. Tarm will write the work drawing on an Estonian poem Aeg, by Estonian poet Artur Alliksaar; Aeg means “Time” in Estonian. The New York Virtuoso Singers was founded in 1988 by conductor Harold Rosenbaum, and it has become one of the leading exponents of contemporary choral music in the United States.





Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall

New England Conservatory Symphony to Perform Headline Hues

January 25, 2014

The American premiere of Jonas Tarm’s Headline Hues: Concerto for Strings will be performed on April 9 by the New England Conservatory Symphony in Boston under the baton of Prof. Paul Biss. It’ll take place in Jordan Hall, a 100-year-old venue and a National Historic Landmark. Headline Hues premiered in Estonia almost one year to the date of the scheduled Boston concert; it was played during the Estonian Music Days Festival in Tallinn’s old town on April 7. A recording of that concert can be heard here:


Header Photo by Kaupo Kikkas