Henri Christofer Aavik
EDUCATION AND WORK
Henri Christofer Aavik began his music studies in Tabasalu Music School with Valdo Rüütelmaa and later finished the trumpet class in Tallinn Music High School. He began conducting at the age of 14. Henri studied in the young conductors’ class with Prof. Jorma Panula in Sibelius Academy (2012–2014) and since 2015, he studies with Prof. Nicolás Pasquet and Prof. Ekhart Wycik in Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. In 2019, he was an exchange student in the conducting class of Prof. Johannes Schlaefli in the University of Fine Arts in Zürich. Henri has participated in the master classes of Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Bruno Weil, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Johannes Gustavsson and Sasha Mäkilä and furthered his musical education with Christof Löser, Steffen Schleiermacher, Rüdiger Bohn and Zsolt Nagy.
In the spring of 2018, Henri conducted “St. Matthew Passion” by J. S. Bach in the student project at Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt and next spring he will conduct W. A. Mozart’s Mass in C minor, KV 427. Henri Christofer has conducted more than 60 music ensembles, including Staatskapelle Weimar, the Jenaer Philharmonie, Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Thüringen Philharmonie Orchestra, Gotha Thuringian Philharmonic Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Orchestra in Konstanz, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, North-Bohemian Orchestra in Teplice, Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Estonian Sinfonietta and Tallinn Music High School Symphony Orchestra. In 2017–2019, he was the artistic director of the Ilmenau University of Technology Symphony Orchestra in Germany.
In 2011, Henri conducted performances within the Estonian National Opera youth project “Love for Contraband” for which he was acknowledged by the Tallinn Education Department as “Tallinn Young Culture Figure 2011”. In 2014, he won the first prize at the Estonian Youth Woodwind Orchestra Conductors’ competition. In the same year, he was the artistic director and conductor of the Tallinn Music High School opera project, conducting Mozart’s “Bastien und Bastienne”.