LAURI METSVAHI (1988)
Lauri Metsvahi started learning music at Tallinn Music High School in 1996. He graduated cum laude with classical percussion as his main instrument in 2008. After that Lauri continued studying simultaneously at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on classical percussion and at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School on pop-jazz drumset.
Between 2011 and 2018 Lauri Metsvahi studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. There he first obtained a master’s degree in orchestral percussion in 2015 with Joakim Anterot, Mika Takehara and Niklas Brommare, and then a diploma in solo percussion in 2018 with Daniel Berg and Håkon Kartveit as teachers. Lauri wrote his master thesis about bringing together classical music and contemporary metal via percussion ensemble.
From 2016 until 2019 Lauri Metsvahi worked as a percussionist in the Swedish Wind Ensemble where he became the section leader in 2017. He often performs with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Västerås Sinfonietta, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Folkoperan and other Swedish orchestras. In 2016 Lauri joined the Baltic Youth Philharmonic, and in 2012-2014 he toured with the European Union Youth Orchestra as the first Estonian percussionist ever. Lauri Metsvahi has worked as a freelance musician in the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Opera Orchestra, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, YXUS Ensemble, PaukenfEst and many others.
Since June 2019 Lauri is working as a percussionist at the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.