Joined the Vanemuine Theatre in 2014
Martin Sildos has been working as conductor at the Vanemuine since 2014. He is also the chief conductor and music director for the Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra and the conductor of the Corelli Baroque Orchestra. Sildos studied at the Tallinn Music High School and at Georg Ots Tallinn Music School, specialising in percussion instruments. From 2004 to 2007 Sildos played percussion instruments in the Symphony Orchestra of Estonian National Opera. In 2010 he graduated from The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he specialized in conducting, and in 2012 he obtained his master’s degree in the class of professor Toomas Kapten. From 2011 to 2012 he studied orchestral conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of professor Uroš Lajovic. From 2013-2014 Sildos worked as an assistant conductor for the Symphony Orchestra of the Tallinn Music High School. He has taken part in the master classes of Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Paavo Järvi, Nikolai Aleksejev, Paul Mägi, Jan Yngve and Leonid Grin. In 2015 Sildos worked as the assistant to the renowned conductor Neeme Järvi for the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra’s concert Legendary. Estonian Composers Union 90. In 2017 he made his debut as a song festival conductor at the 12th Estonian Youth Song and Dance Celebration Here I’ll Stay.
Sildos has conducted various orchestras: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, Corelli Baroque Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Pärnu City Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Estonian Defence Forces. He has also worked with several choirs: male chamber choir Revalia (2008-2011 second conductor), Nargen Festival Choir (2008, 2010, 2011 chorus master), chamber choir of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the chamber choir Young Estonian Voices (since 2010), Estonian National Male Choir (2012/2013) and chamber choir Voces Musicales (2012/2013).
In the Vanemuine Theatre, Sildos has worked as the musical director for performances such as Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera (with Tarmo Leinatamm), musical concerts Memory, Andersson’s & Ulvaeus’s musical Mamma Mia!, Estonian made musicals such as Rannap’s rock opera Cursed Island and Pajusaar’s musical for children Lotte Unenäomaailmas, ballet Snow Queen, Schönberg/Menken’s musical Les Misérables, Menken’s musical Beauty and the Beast and Wang Yuanyuan’s ballet for Tõnu Kõrvits’s music Moorland Elegies.
In 2010 he came in 3rd place at the competition David’s Song
In 2009 he was awarded the Gustav Ernesaks Study Scholarship