Saturday, 3 April 1993


Born: October 13th, 1950, Valga, Estonia (Soviet Union)
Died: October 27th, 1993, Oulu (Finland)
Nationality: Estonian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Violinist and conductor Peeter Lilje studied at the Tartu Music Academy and majored in choral conducting in 1974 after having taken classes with Arvo Ratassepp. Roman Matsov taught him orchestral conducting. Later, Lilje studied symphony and opera conducting with Arvīds and his son Mariss Jansons at the Leningrad Conservatory, graduating in 1980. In the course of the 1970s, Lilje played in various jazz groups and became assistant to conductor Neeme Järvi of the Estonia Concert and Opera House in Tallinn; later, he succeeded Järvi. In 1990, Lilje left to Finland, where he was chief conductor of the Oulu Symphonic until his untimely passing in the fall of 1993.


Although a purely classical conductor, Peeter Lilje was invited to conduct Estonia’s first-ever Eurovision effort, ‘Muretut meelt ja südametuld’ (singer: Janika Sillamaa, arranger: Urmas Lattikas), in the preselection held for seven new EBU members from Eastern Europe in 1993. In Ljubljana, this entry – composed by Andres Valkonen with lyrics by Leelo Tungal – finished fifth, whereas only the first three countries qualified for the international final in Millstreet.


Country – Estonia
Song title – “Muretut meelt ja südametuld”
Rendition – Janika Sillamaa
Lyrics – Leelo Tungal
Composition – Andres Valkonen
Studio arrangement – Urmas Lattikas
Live orchestration – Tõnis Kõrvits
Conductor semi-final – Peeter Lilje
Score semi-final – 5th place (47 votes) & DNQ

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