Who is Jaak
I am a classically trained pianist. In 2014 I got my master’s degree from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (piano and improvisation). Currently I work as a lecturer at the same university. I am also studying for a doctoral degree.
My musical studies began when I was 6. My mom dragged me to the music school, despite my efforts to avoid learning the piano. Now the piano is my passion, interest and job. I have won several prizes at the national and international piano competitions. I perform solo pieces, ensemble music and accompany singers. I also record music.
In 2011 I, among some other musicians, had the honor of representing Estonia in the 4th IMC World Forum on Music, that took place in Tallinn, Estonia (my home city and the Cultural Capital of Europe 2011).
I have studied under many significant concert pianists and legendary teachers at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. From my mentors, I acquired the most effective ways and tips to teach the instrument. I have always remained critical and therefore been able to see my teachers objectively (and also learn from their weaknesses).
From September of 2014 I hold the position of improvisation lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. I teach individual lessons for BA and MA students. During my ten years of teaching experience (starting from 2005-2006), I have developed my own teaching methods that are effective and directed to improve the musical personality of my students.
Currently I have roughly 15 private students, mostly beginners, with whom the lessons are enjoyable and impressive for both sides. The biggest compliment for me is seeing the growing inspiration of my students and finding their piano skills improving quickly.
On the 1st of September 2011 I released a thorough interactive online piano course for people who want to learn classical piano, but for different reasons cannot get a real private teacher.
I love writing songs and playing them on the piano. I have written many pieces for the orchestra and smaller compositions as well. My first author’s recital took place in 2004 when I was 18. The music was for the orchestra and the duration 60 min.
In 2008 my piece for string orchestra won the finalist prize (shared 1st-5th place) in the worldwide competition Jeunesses Musicales for composers held in Bucharest, Romania.