Eero Raun, who was chosen from 18 candidates, will start as the head of the School of Fine Arts in September.
The Chairman of the selection committee, the Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Ivari Ilja is assured that Eero Raun will find best solutions for cooperation with the Music High School of Tallinn (Tallinna Muusikakeskkool), Tallinn Georg Ots Music School (Georg Otsa nim. Tallinna Muusikakool) and Tallinn Ballet School (Tallinna Balletikool) for establishing the new School of Fine Arts.
„I find cooperation with all three headmasters – Kaie Kõrb, Ivo Lille and Timo Steiner – highly important and I respect their knowledge, experiences and skills. Our joint effort must result with fully working and unique school with special responsibility in keeping and developing Estonia’s music and dance education,“ said Eero Raun.
Eero Raun has been previously working as the advisor to the President of Estonia, the advisor to the Head of National Opera Estonia, the advisor on music in the Ministry of Culture and other two ministries of Estonia, as well he has been working at the Ühispank, Tallinna Pank and Eesti Televisioon. Currently, Raun is working at the Enterprise Estonia as Project Manager and he is the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Institute.
The Ministry of Education and Research of Estonia started looking for the headmaster of the School of Fine Arts in March. The selection committee was composed of, in addition to representatives of the Ministry, the Rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Ivari Ilja; the Creative Director of National Ballet Toomas Edur; entrepreneur and art collector Enn Kunila; the Head of the National Opera Estonia Aivar Mäe; dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Mart Kango and the Chairwoman of the Board of Estonian Jazz Union Laura Põldvere. The Committee was led by Ivari Ilja. There were 18 applicants of whom four advanced to final selection.
The School of Fine Arts will merge the Music High School of Tallinn (Tallinna Muusikakeskkool), Tallinn Georg Ots Music School (Georg Otsa nim. Tallinna Muusikakool) and Tallinn Ballet School (Tallinna Balletikool). The school will start operation under the best practices and traditions, but offer modern conditions and new opportunities for cooperation while bringing music and dance closer.
The building for the new school, designed by Austrian architect Thomas Pucher, will be built in Tallinn (at Pärnu road 59) that is near-by to Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. There will be world-class facilities for studying, practicing and preforming.