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Eri Klas (Conductor)

Born: 7th June 1939, Tallinn

Died: 26th February 2016

Nationality: Estonian

Eri Klas was an Estonian conductor. He was born in Tallinn.

Klas mainly worked in the Nordic scene since, but might be best known for his work leading the defunct Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1999 to 2001 Klas was music advisor to Israel Sinfonietta Beersheba, Israel.

He premiered Alfred Schnittke's 1st Cello Concerto (Munich Philharmonic, 1986) and Peer Gynt ballet (Hamburg State Opera, 1989), and worked on the diffusion of the Estonian symphonic repertory.

Klas was also active as a pedagogue, holding professorships at the Sibelius Academy (1993–97) and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (1997 until his death), where he received an honorary doctorate.

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