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Brahms’ Violin Concerto with Sinfonia of Birmingham



In May I had a big pleasure of performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in Birmingham with Sinfonia of Birmingham and Keith Slade. This Concerto is one of the biggest and most well known of all violin concertos and it is very demanding for the player due to its intensity, depth and musical maturity. However, it is a very rewarding experience for me as a soloist to be able to join into the most remarkable orchestral accompaniment, which makes this masterpiece very special. The energy of Sinfonia of Birmingham was present throughout the entire performance and I truly enjoyed playing with them.

Mari Poll 15.05.2017

Mari Poll may look willowy and delicate but there was nothing unwontedly fragile about her playing of Brahms’ violin concerto. When Brahms pits his soloist against the orchestra the young Estonian was never swamped, always projecting strongly but without compromising her full, warm and rounded sound. In the demanding cadenza her technical assurance was combined with ardour and delicacy. Poll was particularly impressive in the concerto’s many meditative and lyrical moments — her stratospherically high entrance in the slow movement was quite magical. Slade and the orchestra provided strong support with a telling oboe contribution.

Birmingham Post 16.05.2017


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Sarasate – Viva Sevilla



At the end of March Stavanger was permeated with sounds of opera. Stavanger Concert House was a host to Opera Gala, an extraordinary event organised by Rogaland Opera and accompanied by Roma Sinfonietta and their conductor, maestro Gabriele Bonolis. The orchestra, well known for collaboration with Ennio Morricone and Quentin Tarantino, brought a very recognisable lively Italian spirit to the north of Europe. I was delighted to be part of this event as a soloist with Sarasate’s Viva Sevilla. This piece is definitely not performed as much as it deserves and I found it very interesting and challenging, nothing less than some other masterpieces written by the same composer. Viva Sevilla fit perfectly in the atmosphere of the evening which was repeated the day after in Sandnes, a small, but very beautiful and lovely town near Stavanger.

Here is a little detail from the rehearsal in Stavanger Concert House


Mari Poll 26.03.2017

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Visions From the North in Florence

Mari, Mihkel and Ain

On the 4th of March in Florence, the city of renaissance, opened a very exotic art exhibition for Italy, called “Visions From the North”. “The Visions From the North” represents Estonian paintings from Enn Kunila’s collection from 1910-1940. This exhibition took place in Museo Novecento (Museum of 20th century art) at Santa Maria Novella square in Florence. For the first time in Florence, Museo Novecento is hosting one of the largest private collections of contemporary northeastern European paintings.

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Receiving the new instrument

In the morning of the 1st of March, Mari Poll officially signed the contract for a violin that has been lent to her by Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments. This was the moment when she tried and played the instrument for the first time. Nicolaus Gagliano’s violin is the great sounding piece of art made in 1723 in Naples (Italy). It came with a brilliant and beautiful sound and facilities so it brought a joy on Mari’s face when she started playing on it. The same day 5 other Estonian successful musicians got instruments from Estonian Foundation, three violins, viola and cello. This is a very important event for Estonian music life and a great example to all other societies and countries that are rich with musical talents.

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Mari Poll rewarded with N. Gagliano 1723 violin

On December 7th 2015 at the initiative of the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Culture, Swedbank Ltd, Estonian National Culture Foundation and maestro Paavo Järvi founded the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments.

There is a limited amount of valuable string instruments in the world and their value is increasing every day. Those instruments are known for their particular colours and sonority of sound.
On 3rd February 2017 the Estonian Foundation of Musical Instruments announces that Mari Poll is a recipient of a three year loan of Nicolaus Gagliano 1723 violin, made in Naples (Filius Alexandri fecit Neap. 1723).

This is another very important recognition of Mari Poll’s artistic achievements.

”I am truly honored for having been given this wonderful instrument. I am very excited and I am looking forward to start playing on it!”
– Mari Poll

“I am sincerely privileged to recognise and thank the founders of the Instrument Foundation and encourage all music friends with missionary sense to support the foundation.”
– Estonian Minister of Culture
 Indrek Saar

“Investing in the instrument foundation is a missionary investment that promotes Estonian culture and musical life as well as provides support to outstanding young musicians. I am very honoured to be a part of the founding of the foundation and making my contribution to it.”
– Paavo Järvi

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