Lepo Sumera

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Lepo Sumera (8 May 1950 – 2 June 2000) was an Estonian composer and teacher.

Life and career

Lepo Sumera was born in Tallinn and studied with Veljo Tormis in his teens, and from 1968, with Heino Eller at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (then Tallinn State Conservatory). After Heino Eller's death in 1970, he studied with Heino Jürisalu, graduating in 1973. He then undertook postgraduate studies at the Moscow Conservatory (1979–1982) with the Russian composer Roman Ledenev. Sumera first became notable in 1972 with In Memoriam, an orchestral tribute to Eller. [1][2][3]


He is considered one of Estonia's most renowned composers along with Heino Eller, Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt,[4] he was also his country's Minister of Culture from 1988 to 1992 during the days of the Singing Revolution.[5]


  1. Great Composers: Lepo Sumera-Classical Nerd on YouTube
  2. Lepo Sumera: Estonian composer active in an age of musical and political freedom-The Guardian-Rickards, Guy-23 June 2000. Accessed 17 February 2009.
  3. "The Torchbearer Dies. Central Europe Review, Vol. 2, No 23, 12 June 2000. Accessed 17 February 2009-Huang, Mel". Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. Rickards (23 June 2000)
  5. Huang (12 June 2000)

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Text adapted from Wikipedia