Erle Kont


Erle Kont (1995) is an Estonian clarinetist, who is currently studying with Kari Kriikku in Sibelius Academy. She started her studies in Tartu with Tiit Veigel and later continued with clarinetist Tõnu Kalm. After graduating she went to Helsinki to Sibelius Academy, where she studied two years with Harri Mäki and is now finishing her bachelor studies with Kari Kriikku.

Erle is a winner of many national and international competitions. She has been a finalist Chieri (Italy) clarinet competition (2015) and Czech Clarinet Art (2015), winner of international Eduard Medinš competition (2010) and she has also won prizes for the best interpretation of  pieces by Bohuslav Martinu and Viktor Kalabis in ISA summer academy (2015). She has won the national clarinet competition (2009, 2011) and David Otto Wirkhaus competition for woodwinds (2007-2009) and other competitions.

Erle has performed as a soloist with Sibelius Academy Kapubändi, Estonian Music Teachers Symphony Orchestra, Tartu University Symphony Orchestra, Heino Eller Music School Symphony Orchestra, Tartu 1st Music School Symphony Orchestra, Tamme Wind Orchestra, Tartu Horn Ensemble and Elva Clarinet Ensemble.

Erle is also a keen interpreter of young composers pieces, as she has premiered the pieces of such composers as Marta-Liisa Talvet, Kaisa Kuslapuu, Anni Avi, Gerta Raidma, Saimi-Ester Kortelainen, Algis Pauljukaitis and Marili Tomingas.

Erle has participated in masterclasses with maestro Charles Neidich, Yehuda Gilad, Francois Benda, Sharon Kam, Michel Lethiec, Jiri Hlavac, Eduard Brunner, Olli Leppäniemi, Olivier Vivares, Toomas Vavilov, Jose Luis Estelles, Claudio Conti, Selvadore Rähni and others.

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Short Profile

NameKont, Erle
Date of Birth1995-02-08
Born inEstonia, Europe
Main languageEstonian
Additional languages English,  Finnish 
attended UniversitiesSibelius Academy