Born: August 17th, 1960, Tapa (Soviet Union, nowadays Estonia)
Nationality: Estonian (until 1991: Soviet)
Urmas Lattikas studied composition at the Estonian Music Academy (1977-’86) and followed post-graduate courses in jazz piano and jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, Boston Mass. (1990). In both 1984 and 1985, Lattikas won first prize in the Uno Naissoo Composition Contest. He founded the Urmas Lattikas Quintet, which represented Estonia in the 1992 European Jazz Night; with his quintet, he recorded the album ‘Freedom to love, freedom to lose’. In 1997, he was the Estonian participant in the Euradio Big Band Project. As a composer, he wrote music for symphonic and chamber orchestra, choirs, films, and theatre performances.
Urmas Lattikas was the conductor of the Estonian entry in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, ‘Nagu merelaine’, sung by Silvi Vrait. The song was written by Leelo Tungal and composed by Ivar Must. Must worked on the arrangement in collaboration with Lattikas and Heiki Vahar. Unfortunately, this melodious song finished second-last, picking up a mere two points.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Urmas Lattikas will be published on this website
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