ANNA-LIISA ELLER is an Estonian kannel player and teacher. Her main focus in music is on early music and contemporary music creation. She likes to experiment and broaden the possibilities of Estonian chromatic kannel. This hardly known exotic instrument with surprisingly wide possibilities has been described by different listeners as a sound from heaven. Anna-Liisa graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre master degree in 2014 cum laude under Prof. Kristi Mühling. In the year of 2013 she studied in Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon (Prof. Yves Rechsteiner) and in the year of 2013-2014 in the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen (Prof. Rolf Lislevand). In 2016–2022 she continued her studies in PhD level in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Prof. Toomas Siitan and Prof. Imbi Tarum).
Anna-Liisa works in close cooperation with several early music ensembles, such as Supersonus (2019 Supersonus debut CD “Resonances” was released under ECM Records), The Bright Future Ensemble, Vox Clamantis, Floridante etc. In 2021 Anna-Liisa’s solo CD “Strings Attached: The Voice of Kannel” was released under Harmonia Mundi. It has received a lot of positive feedback from international music press and was awarded the prize of “Estonian classical music album of the year 2021” and annual prize by Estonian Culture Endowment in 2021.
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