Erle Kont

Conductor and clarinettist


After completing her master’s degree in clarinet at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Harri Mäki and Kari Kriikku, Estonian born Erle Kont is continuing her education in master’s of conducting in the same university with Sakari Oramo and Petri Komulainen.

Upcoming engagements include conducting the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Lappeenranta City Orchestra and Seinäjoki City Orchestra. In recent years Kont has conducted orchestras such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Vaasa City Orchestra and Ploiesti Philharmonic Orchestra.

Erle Kont is the founder and artistic director of the contemporary music organisation Tartu Sound (2017), which premieres the music of young Estonian composers transitioning into professional life. It is a community driven organisation that brings together new music lovers, composers and instrumentalists.

As a prolific prize winner on the clarinet, Erle Kont is the prize winner of 14 competitions, including 1st prizes from international Eduard Medinš competition (2011, Latvia), Bohuslav Martinu and Viktor Kalabis competitions (2015, Austria) and Estonian national competition (2009, 2011).



14th March, Turku

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring

Henryk Górecki Harpsichord Concerto

Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 2

16th May, Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta City Orchestra

25 - 30th July, Lahti

Orchester Norden

Carl Nielsen “Helios” Overture

Andrea Tarrodi “Zephyros”

Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 7

Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 2

7th November, Seinäjoki

Seinäjoki City Orchestra

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 4


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


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