First violins

Maano Männi

MAANO MÄNNI received his early musical training at Tallinn Music High School with Tiiu Peäske and continued in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (formerTallinn State Conservatory) with legendary violonist Prof. Jüri Gerretz. 

After graduating in 1992, Maano Männi was invited to the post of assistant concertmaster of Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Next year, 1993, he became the ENSO´s principal concertmaster and held that postition until 2000. He has also been the concertmaster of Tallinn Chamber Orchestra (1993-1997) and guest concertmaster in Estonian National Opera (season 2004/2005). Currently he is principal concertmaster of Vaasa City Orchestra (Finland).

As a soloist Maano Männi has played under baton of most Estonian and numerous guest conductors as Neeme Järvi, Arvo Volmer, Alexander Vedernikov, Tõnu Kaljuste. 
Maano Männi is enthusiastic chamber musician. During last seasons he enjoyed playing chamber music together with pianist Ralf Gothoni, cellist Torleif Thedéen, violist Yuval Gotlibovich, violinist Christian Altenburger among others. 

He regulary performs with Tobias String Quartet, being the founder of this together with cellist Aare Tammesalu in 2000. Tobias String Quartet performed in May 2016 in prestigious Berlin Konzerthaus with masterpieces of Estonian music. 

In 2002-2009 Maano Männi worked as the artistic director of the Johann Strauss-Orchestra Estonia.

An entrepreneur by nature, Maano Männi started his career as conductor in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Leonid Grin and Ilmar Tõnisson, student of legendary Ilya Musin. Maano Männi has conducted several orchestras in Estonia and Finland as well as flamenco and swing concerts.
Maano Männi was lecturer of violin and chamber music at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (1998-2004).  He regulary gives master classes in Baltic states, Scandinavia and China. His busy concert schedule as virtuoso soloist, excellent ensemble player and leader of orchestras has taken him to many countries all over the world. 

Maano Männi has recorded for Estonian National Broadcast and for German company Erdeklang as well as Finnish Alba Records. 
In 2013 there was published his solo CD album „Six Seasons+“, were he performs music by Astor Piazzolla and Evald Vain together with Pärnu City Orchestra. 

From 2016 Maano Männi plays on the precious french violin by Charles François Gand (1810), owned by Culture Fund of Finland.

Arvo Leibur

ARVO LEIBUR is a recognised violin soloist, chamber musician and leader of the orchestra. He is a two-time prize winner of the State Violin Competition and is a laureate of several international violin competitions. He was awarded the Estonian Music Council’s Interpretation Prize for his input into shaping ENSO’s sonority and his outstanding work as a soloist (2005), the Orange-Nassau Order of The Kingdom of the Netherlands (2008), and the Annual Prize from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for Music for his significant contribution to musical life and the development of string playing in Estonia (2015).  

Arvo Leibur graduated from Tartu Children’s Music School as a violin student of Virve Väär, Tallinn Music High School as a student of Jüri Gerretz and Moscow Conservatory (1989) as a student of Irina Bochkova.

Arvo Leibur has performed as a soloist with Estonia’s leading orchestras, encompassing almost 30 appearances with ENSO that include a performance at the Europamusicale festival in Munich in 1993, regular appearances with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra including a 2005 tour of Japan, as well as appearances with the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, Haapsalu Chamber Orchestra, Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra and various orchestras in Holland and Finland.
In the 1990s Arvo Leibur began his collaboration with the Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam orchestra (now known as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta). In 1995 he became the leader of the Holland Symfonia and in 2001 the leader of ENSO. He has been invited to be a guest leader of The Hague Residentie Orkest, Holland Symfonia, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.
He is also Head of String Department at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Arvo Leibur has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout all of Europe. He has recorded a solo CD album entitled “European Virtuosi” with music by Corelli, Paganini, Khandoshkin, Kuulberg, Bull and Wieniawski. Together with the pianist Vardo Rumessen, he recorded an album of Tubin’s violin compositions on the BIS label. Furthermore, he recorded several CDsin collaboration with Terje Terasmaa and Heiki Mätlik.