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Harjumaa Youth Wind Orchestra (Estonia) is a brass orchestra consisting of young musicians from Harju County. The orchestra has been active since 1996. In 2000 they established a non-governmental organization with the same name. The conductors of the orchestra are Harry Illak, Sirly Illak- Oluvere, Olev Roosa, Lauri Metus, Grett Semidor and Juri Schleifman. Contests, awards: 1. prize, gold diploma at EST-NOK’11 (2011, Estonia), 1. prize, gold diploma at EST-NOK’05 (2005, Estonia), 1. prize, Grand Prix at the Helmut Orusaar Wind Orchestra Competition (2002, Estonia), 2. prize at the CISM (International Confederation of Music Societies) International Wind, Orchestra Competition in Prague (2011, Czech Republic), Gold diploma at EST-NOK’07 (2007, Estonia), Estonian Choral Association’s award “Wind Orchestra of the Year” 2003, Silver diploma at Wind Orchestra Competition Turniir (2006, Estonia), Harjumaa Youth Wind Orchestra has performed at Musse Combo festival in Visby, (Sweden), Ledøje-Smørum (Denmark), Szombathely (Hungary), Malgrat de Mar (Spain), Confolens (France), Husavik (Iceland), Panevežises (Lithuania), Talsi city 775” (Latvia), Finnish-Estonian Song Festival in Pori (Finland), Salo Song Festival (Finland), Stavanger (Norway), Prague (Czech Republic) and Kokkola (Finland). Harjumaa Youth Wind Orchestra has organized a wind orchestra festival “Harju County Brass Day” in 2009 and 2014 Recordings: CD “Oleme teel” (“We are on our way”) in 2005, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the orchestra.
Born in 1961 in Tallinn, Estonia, he started to study violin and french horn at Tallinn Music School. His musical higher education was completed at the musical Department of Tallinn Pedagogical University - qualifications: wind band conductor and french horn player. His major conductor projects are Estonian Youth Band (conductor from 1995 to 2008), Harju County Band (principal conductor from 1997), Harju County Youth Symphony Orchestra (conductor from 2009), Viljandi Youth Symphony Orchestra (principal conductor from 2004). In 2007 Mr Illak was the chief conductor and in 1998, 2002, 2011 the conductor of the youth wind bands at the Estonian National Youth Song and Dance Festival. Several times he took part in the international bands and orchestra competition and festivals in Riva del Garda (Italy), Kerkrade (the Netherlands), Confolens (France), Malgrat de Mar (Spain), Ledøje-Smørum (Denmark), Prague (Czech Republic).Back to the list of ensembles