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Mart Sander


Mart Sander, born in Tallinn in 1967, began his musical education at the age of seven, studying violin at the Tallinn Music School, followed by terms at the State Choreography School, and the Estonian Music Academy where he majored in piano and conducting. His career as a musician took off when he was seventeen. Sander was a member of the Estonian National Opera from 1986–92. In 2010, Sander returned to the Estonian National Opera, where he engaged as a producer and director. In 2011, his production of Die Czardasfürstin became a solid hit with the audience, as is his recent production of Ball im Savoy, which opened in January 2014. In 2015, Sander took his own one man horror drama Behind the Random Denominator (which he wrote, directed and starred in) to the largest solo theatre festival United Solo in New York, earning him the Best Sound Design award. The production also received ten performances at the Edinburg Fringe Festival. In 2000, Sander helped establish, and began to conduct, the Tallinn-based Bel-Etage Concert Orchestra, which has performed many works of Edwardian musical comedy and several Gilbert and Sullivan operas. In 2004, Sander and Bel-Etage released their first album entitled The Monckton Album, receiving many favorable reviews. Also in 2004, Bel-Etage songs from Edwardian musical comedies were featured on Brian Kay's BBC program. On another occasion, the same program dedicated an episode to his musical fantasy The Vaudevillains, composed and recorded in 2005.

In 2005, Sander established the Swing Swindlers dance orchestra. In 2005, the Swing Swindlers issued an album in the UK called Five-Fifteen: A Tribute to the BBC Dance Orchestra. Another album, released by Divine Art in 2012, The Finck Album, is dedicated to the music of British composer Herman Finck. The Swing Swindlers has released 12 albums of swing music and 3 albums of theatre and concert music.

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Video 2/26/2018: 100 Years of Estonian Music

The Embassy of Estonia celebrate their centennial with 100 Years of Estonian Music featuring vocalist Mr. Mart Sander.

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Estonia.

Mart Sander