Mart Sander

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Mart Sander
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Mart Sander
Born (1967-08-10) 10 August 1967 (age 52)
OccupationSinger, actor, director, author
Years active1985–present
Websitewww.martsander.com

Mart Sander (born 10 August 1967) is an Estonian singer, actor, director, author, artist, and television host.

Life and career[edit]

In his youth, Mart Sander studied violin and conducting, he started singing in the choir of the Estonian National Opera at the age of eighteen.[1] At the age of nineteen, Sander and swing orchestra Modern Fox won a talent competition in Moscow,[2] the band toured both in Soviet Union and in Europe,[3] he obtained his BA in musicology from the Tallinn University, his MA in film and TV directing at the BFM (Baltic Film and Media School) and is currently doing his PhD at the BFM, also lecturing on film music semiotics.[4]

Stage[edit]

The notable roles for Sander include: directing the operetta Silva (Die Czardasfürstin) at the Estonian National Opera in 2010.[5] At the opening night, as the leading singer suffered an injury on the stage, Sander took over the part.[6][7] In 2014, his production of Ball im Savoy opened at the Estonian National Opera; Sander directed, revised the text, made new orchestral arrangements and provided set and costume design, as well as created the role of Mustafa.[8]

Sander has written stage plays, where he often stars himself, such as Behind the Random Denominator (in Estonian, Juhuslik nimetaja), which was presented to the New York audience in 2015[9] and The Bughouse (in Estonian, Äratõmbetuli), which premiered in Washington, D.C. in 2018.[10] On June 17, 2018, The Bughouse premiered at the Estonian State Drama Theatre.[11]

Film and television[edit]

Sander has directed and acted in films and the short TV movie Berlin 1945: Musik Unter Bomben (2007), he made his feature film debut as Martti in the 1991 Juha Tapaninen-directed Finnish musical-comedy Iskelmäprinssi.[12] In 1998, he had a role in the Rao Heidmets-directed comedy-family film Kallis härra Q (English release title: Dear Mister Moon), based on the 1992 children's book of the same name by Estonian author Aino Pervik,[13] he had roles in the Hungarian film Why Wasn't He There? and in the US made-for-cable production Candles in the Dark, opposite Alyssa Milano and directed by Maximilian Schell.[14]

Sander's Estonian TV appearances include hosting the Eurolaul 1993 and the TV series Tantsud tähtedega (Dancing with the Stars), he also hosted Tähed muusikas (Stars in the Music) from 1997 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2010,[15] as well as the hit show Su nägu kõlab tuttavalt (Sing Your Face Off).[16][circular reference] In 2012, he was a judge on the fifth season of the TV3 reality series competition Eesti otsib superstaari (Estonia is Searching for a Superstar).[17]

Sander meeting Queen Elizabeth II

In 2015, Sander took his own one man horror drama Behind the Random Denominator (which he wrote, directed and starred in) to the solo theatre festival United Solo in New York, earning him the Best Sound Design award;[18] the film version of the play became Sander's directorial debut feature.[19] The film premiered at the Haapsalu horror and fantasy film festival HÕFF;[20][21] the same festival presented his latest film Actually in 2018.[22] This film won the Award of Excellence at the Global Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, USA in September 2018[23] and was awarded The Best Horror Short at the Venice RAGFF Film Festival in December 2018.[24] In January 2019, the film received two awards from Cinema World Fest Awards and in June won the Short Film Factory festival in Romania;[25] also in 2018, he wrote and directed an ambitious 10-part historical TV series The Whores, which is considered the most internationally successful Estonian TV production,[26] as well as a TV movie The Bughouse (in Estonian, Äratõmbetuli), based on his own stage play.[27] In June 2019, Sander finished producing and directing a short feature, Pas devant les domestiques, based on his own short story;[28] this film will premiere at the Seoul International Film Festival in September 2019. [29] His horror-fantasy The Spring of Solitude, based on the short novel by Sander himself, received it's sneak preview on August 10, 2019 and is scheduled to be released in December. [30]

Conducting and recording[edit]

In 2000, Sander helped establish, and began to conduct, the Tallinn-based Bel-Etage Concert Orchestra. In 2004, Sander and Bel-Etage released their first album in Great Britain entitled The Monckton Album, with selections from three musicals composed by Lionel Monckton, on the Divine Art Records label;[31] this album won the 'Critics' Choice' Award from Gramophone.[32] It was followed by The Finck Album, dedicated to the music by Herman Finck.[33]

In 2005, Sander established the Swing Swindlers dance orchestra; in 2005, the Swing Swindlers issued an album in the UK called Five-Fifteen: A Tribute to the BBC Dance Orchestra.[34]

In February 2018, The Swing Swindlers visited the US, as part of the celebrations of Estonia's centennial; the mayor of Washington, D.C. declared February 24 official 'Estonia Day', mentioning a concert by Mart Sander in her proclamation.[35] On February 26, 2018, The Swing Swindlers gave a concert at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC.[36]

Writing and painting[edit]

Self Portrait As A Disappointed Artist, 2010

As of 2018, Sander has written six novels in Estonian and English.[37] Sander's novel Litsid (The Whores) was the best-seller with the book dealer "Apollo" and at number two with the dealer Rahva Raamat for week 32 in 2015.[38] Part II was published in 2017; in the Estonian Libraries Most Checked-Out Books in 2017 list, parts I and II occupied first and second position.[39] Sander has created, scripted and directed a historical drama series based on this trilogy, it premiered on Estonia's TV3 in February 2018.[40][41] At the Estonian Entertainment Awards 2018, The Whores was nominated in two categories (Best TV Series Of The Year and Best Actress Of The Year - Merle Palmiste won for her leading role in the series[42][43]). In April 2019, it was announced that the series has been purchased by the US, Russian and Spanish distributors.[44] For the Estonian Film and TV Awards (EFTA) 2019, The Whores was nominated in three categories: Best TV Series, Best Actress (Merle Palmiste) and Best Script (Mart Sander),[45] it won the Best TV Series of 2018 award.[46]

His massive historical novel The Goddess of the Devil is scheduled for international release in 2020; the book is currently shortlisted for the CYGNUS Book Awards for Science Fiction (winners announced in April 2020). [47]

Sander's latest book Spooky Fairy Tales (with author's illustrations) hit the shelves on May 1, 2019, and finished the first week as #5 on the best seller list, remaining on the Top Ten List for five weeks.[48]

Sander's first solo exhibition took place in Tallinn in July and August 2008,[49] followed by similar exhibitions in 2009 and 2010.[citation needed] He opened his own art gallery in 2007 in the center of Tallinn.[50] In 2012, Sander's art gallery was involved in a case involving art forgeries; charges were brought against one of the assistants working in the gallery.[51][52] On 21 December 2012, his exhibition Appocalypse Formula opened in Tallinn,[53] he has also had personal exhibitions in Moscow[54] and Saint Petersburg.[55] His painting Urban Hunter made it to the finals of the 10th Annual ARC Salon (2013-2014),[56] the largest and most prestigious competition in the western world for realist artists,[57] his Officer Of the Napoleonic Wars was the finalist of the 14th Salon (2019).[58]

Personal[edit]

As a teenager Sander became interested in catholic faith, and was baptised, his baptismal name is Martin Laurent.[59]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mart Sander". Estonian National Opera. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ Eestlased Eestis (29 September 2014). "Ülo Mälgand - Modern FOX kolmkümmend aastat algusest FBest". Estonian World View (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  3. ^ Betty ESTER (7 September 1999). "Modern Fox tähistab viieteistkümnendat esindusaastat". Õhtuleht (in Estonian). AS SL Õhtuleht. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  4. ^ https://www.ohtuleht.ee/887168/mart-sander-laheb-doktorantuuri-soe-on-sees-ja-mis-siin-ikka-oodata
  5. ^ Kuter, Toomas (24 September 2010). "Mart Sander tegi "Silvaga" õnnestunud lavastajadebüüdi". elu24.ee (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  6. ^ Alla, Hendrik (17 September 2010). "Mart Sander astus vigastatud laulja asemel Estonia lavale". elu24.ee (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  7. ^ Alla, Hendrik (17 September 2010). "Vilja Savisaar-Toomast: Mart Sander päästis esietenduse". elu24.ee (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Savoy ball". Rahvusooper Estonia (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Behind the Random Denominator". United Solo. United Solo. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Etendus "Äratõmbetuli"". Wherevent. 13 pass multimedia. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  11. ^ http://www.draamateater.ee/aeratombetuli
  12. ^ Estonian National Opera Mart Sander. (In Estonian). Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  13. ^ Eesti Teatri- ja Muusikamuuseum Kallis härra Q. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Mart Sander". IMDb. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  15. ^ Tähed muusikas Archived 13 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine at Postimees
  16. ^ et:Su nägu kõlab tuttavalt
  17. ^ Elu24/Postimees Mart Sanderist saab superstaarisaate kolmas kohtunik (in Estonian). 7 June 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  18. ^ Theatre, American (24 November 2015). "United Solo Festival Announces 2015 Winners". American Theatre. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Behind the Random Denominator". Retrieved 16 April 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
  20. ^ "Behind the Random Denominator : Your number's up". Cineuropa. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  21. ^ "GALERII ja MULJED: Mart Sanderi filmidebüüdi esilinastus ja raamatuesitlus õudusfilmide festivalil". Kinoveeb. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  22. ^ "HÕFF ÜLLATAB MART SANDERI UUE ÕUDUSFILMIGA". HOFF (in Estonian). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Actually - IMDb". Retrieved 16 April 2019 – via www.imdb.com.
  24. ^ "Retro Avant Garde Film Festival". Retro Avant Garde. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  25. ^ "Cinema WorldFest Awards". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  26. ^ https://televeeb.ohtuleht.ee/952805/eesti-litsid-vallutavad-maailma-naitamisoiguse-ostavad-ka-hispaania-ja-usa-levitajad
  27. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9530236/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_2
  28. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10155816/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1
  29. ^ https://seoul2019.eventive.org/films/5d4b55e07634f4007d84dbc4?fbclid=IwAR0ABgDYSjTCFFLf5aC9T8dojMrlTtJNYPn2P1_Mc2hcTK5Cmteejr-SBNE
  30. ^ https://elu.ohtuleht.ee/973311/galerii-mart-sander-tahistas-sunnipaeva-uue-filmi-eelesilinastusega?fbclid=IwAR1Fu_hQCFU8FRxGIqu2hSjMysx_d_qnRqRUzyfELmEOqMZXdEQH0G0PUa4
  31. ^ "The Monckton Album - Divine Art Recordings". divineartrecords.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  32. ^ "Gramophone – Andrew Lamb – 24110 - Review - Divine Art Recordings". divineartrecords.com. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  33. ^ "The Finck Album - Divine Art Recordings". divineartrecords.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  34. ^ "Swing Swindlers - Artist - Divine Art Recordings". divineartrecords.com. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  35. ^ "Washington DC mayor declares Feb. 24 Estonia Day". ERR.ee (in Estonian). Eesti Rahvusringhääling. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Mart Sander". www.kennedy-center.org. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  37. ^ "TÄPSEM OTSING". erb (in Estonian). Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  38. ^ "Mart Sanderi uus raamat "Litsid" troonib raamatumüügi edetabelite tipus - Kultuur". Kultuur.postimees.ee. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  39. ^ "Raamatukogulaenutuste edetabelis troonib taas romaan "Litsid"".
  40. ^ ""Litsid" läksid käima kirgede ja kannatustega". Kultuur. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  41. ^ tv3.ee Ajalooline draamasari! Litsid (in Estonian). 16 January 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  42. ^ "BLOGI JA GALERII - Kroonika meelelahutusauhinnad 2018: vaata, kes võitsid kuldmunad! - Õhtuleht". www.ohtuleht.ee. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  43. ^ "BLOGI JA GALERII - Kroonika meelelahutusauhinnad 2018: vaata, kes võitsid kuldmunad! - Õhtuleht". www.ohtuleht.ee. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  44. ^ Eesti „Litsid“ vallutavad maailma! Näitamisõiguse ostavad ka Hispaania ja USA levitajad | televeeb.ohtuleht.ee/952805/eesti-litsid-vallutavad-maailma-naitamisoiguse-ostavad-ka-hispaania-ja-usa-levitajad at Õhtuleht website
  45. ^ "Shortlist – EFTA 2019: teleauhindade konkurss – Defolio". defol.io. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  46. ^ "BLOGI JA GALERII - Eesti filmi- ja teleauhindadel pärjati parimaks filmiks "Seltsimees laps", parim teleseriaal on "Litsid" - Õhtuleht". televeeb.ohtuleht.ee. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  47. ^ https://www.chantireviews.com/2019/09/16/the-cygnus-book-awards-for-science-fiction-shortlist-for-the-2019-cibas/?fbclid=IwAR2JMT-PrKK-u9O4alCtus3rZdG-ZQINAVHDr9EskqsgfiN5jrE8PtHLrgs
  48. ^ https://www.apollo.ee/edetabel/raamatute-topid/ilukirjanduse-nadala-top-10
  49. ^ "Mart Sander – Personaalnäitus 2008". Sander's paintings at Galerii24. 2008. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012.
  50. ^ "{AVALEHT} - Mart Sanderi Maaligalerii - Mart Sander, maalid, galerii, maaligalerii, pildid, e-pood, osta". Mart Sanderi Maaligalerii. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  51. ^ "Võltsija teada? Sander kommenteerib: tal oli juurdepääs, tingimused ning aeg", Delfi, 6 October 2012 (in Estonian)
  52. ^ "Mart Sanderi galerii võltsis oksjoni jaoks maale", Eesti Päevaleht, 25 September 2012 (in Estonian)
  53. ^ "Mart Sanderi "Viimsepäevavalem" osutus "Viimsepäevavaleks"". Kroonika. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  54. ^ "Moskvas avati Mart Sanderi maalinäitus". Kroonika. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  55. ^ ERR (14 February 2015). "Mart Sander viib heliloojate maalid Peterburi". ERR. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  56. ^ "Search". Art Renewal Center. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  57. ^ "Home". Art Renewal Center. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  58. ^ https://www.artrenewal.org/SalonApplication/Salon/Finalists
  59. ^ Tennosaar, Kadri. "Sünnipäevalapse Mart Sanderi ema: "Ainult hellitades sai teda kasvatatud."". Eesti Naine. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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