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The people behind the LAB Orchestra

Artistic leader and conductor

Tanel Nurk

The LAB Orchestra is lead by the young Estonian conductor Tanel Nurk. He has a bachelor’s degree in violin. For his master’s degree in conducting he studied in Berlin and Tallinn under the guidance of Prof. Lutz Köhler and Prof. Toomas Kapten. Tanel is also a passionate singer, singing regularly in several choirs as well as conducting a boys choir. With the LAB Orchestra he wants to reach not only the typical classical audience. He also likes to show the various potentials of music.

General manager

Markus Köcher

Initiator and General Manager of The LAB Orchestra is Markus Köcher. He has studied cultural studies and as communication/media studies in Leipzig and Prague and was working several years for one of the biggest international youth orchestras in Europe, Kristjan Järvi’s Baltic Youth Philharmonic. Today he is a freelance culture and communication manager. Although he learned to play several musical instruments when he was a child he describes himself as a “not-musician” who is very highly impressed by classical music. Influenced by theatre he would like to open classical music performances to a new level.

Project team “In a Different Space”

Karl Saluveer

Video artist Karl Saluveer is working for more than 5 years with several artists and festivals such as Plektrum, Black Nights Film Festival, Antonina, Mimicry and Jazztronic.
At the same time he is co-founder of Hmmm Creative Studio, a bureau for communications management which offers new kinds of marketing solutions. Some of the bigger clients so far have been the Office of the Estonian President, the State Chancellery of Estonia, Rahva Raamat, JustFilm festival, Huum, Swärk, Estonian Ministry of the Interior and others.

Anastassia Dratšova

Anastassia Dratšova was working since 2012 as marketing and communications specialists for several universities in Estonia (Estonian Art Academy, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn Technical University), cultural organizations (Tallinn City Museum, Pille Lill Music Fund, Estonian Institute). At the same time she has experience in conducting interdisciplinary projects. Mainly she has been working on involving audiences and designing audience interactivity. She was also doing researches on the roll of design in institution’s working processes and interactions with target groups. Anastassia Dratšova has studied advertising at Tallinn University and cultural management at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Martina Tramberg

Martina Tramberg has worked as a project manager for various cultural projects in the past 7 years. In doing so, she has been engaged in the production of short film and commercials as well as in marketing for feature films. Recently she was involved in the production of the documentary “40+2 weeks” and the feature film “Mushrooming” (both Allfilm production). In 2014 she also managed the Estonian film music marketing and promotional showcases at Black Nights Film Festival in collaboration with the Estonian Public Broadcasting.