|After her first recitals in Paris and London in 1990 Ines Maidre was acclaimed by “The Musical Times” (London) as one of the most promising organists of her generation. Since then she has performed throughout Europe, appearing at prestigious international festivals in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Latvia and Estonia and at cathedrals like Notre-Dame, St Sulpice and Madeleine in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London. Under the baton of Neeme Järvi, Martin Fischer-Dieskau, Tõnu Kaljuste, Fabio Ventura and Leo Krämer she has played a number of organ concertos and great symphonic works. In 2008 she went on her first concert tour to Latin America appearing in festivals in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina and in 2011 she toured the USA, playing organ recitals in five states and giving lectures on Baltic organ music.
Ines Maidre’s virtuosity and passionate musicianship, combined with exquisite stylistic taste and outstanding art of registration, have always been emphasized by the critics. An excellent interpreter of early keyboard music as well as a virtuoso performer of romantic and modern organ works she offers varied and exciting programs for all types of organs from her vast repertoire. In her passion to introduce organ music to a broader audience, Ines Maidre has created several original programs with a special thematic focus, such as “Bells in the Organ,” “Swan Songs for the Organ,” “Cathedral Windows,” “In Bach’s Footsteps,” “Legends in St Nicholas,” “Litany of the Dance,” “Tangomania,” which have remarkably increased the number of organ loving audience at her recitals.
A graduate of the Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn, Ines Maidre holds soloist diplomas of both piano and organ with the highest distinctions. In 1991 her postgraduate studies with Daniel Roth in Paris were crowned with a Prix d’excellence avec les félicitations du jury and at the Concours Musicale d’Ile de France in 1991 she won the First Prize in organ playing. Besides her performing career she has been teaching the organ at the Estonian Music Academy and is now an associate professor of organ at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, Norway. As part of her scholarly activities she has given master classes and lectures at numerous universities and organist conferences. She has also written a book about the life and works of the eminent Estonian organ composer Peeter Süda (1883-1920) and completed a thesis on “New Horizons in Frescobaldis Toccata Style”.
Ines Maidre has released several CDs with organ music by Henry Mulet and Odlile Pierre (Hommage a la Cathedrale 1997), Peeter Süda (A Highlight Of The Romantic Organ Music 2007), Anti Marguste, Artur Kapp and other Estonian composers in addition to CDs with her most successful programs Bells in the Organ (1999) and Cantus Nordicus (2004). A new CD, Revived in Tango, presenting Guy Bovet’s Tangos Ecclesiasticos together with their historical inspirations from early Spanish, Italian and French keyboard music is soon to be released.