Heldur Harry Põlda (b 1996, in Kuressaare) is a young musician studying violin and conducting at the Tallinn Music High School. His teachers are Zoja Hertz (singing), Prof Mari Tampere-Bezrodny (violin) and Hirvo Surva (conducting).
Heldur Harry sings in the boy's choir of the Estonian National Opera and has regularly performed as soloist in various big musical projects. Having had his debut on the opera stage at the age of 8, he has by today gathered an awe-inspiring list of opera and musical roles – Miles (Britten's The Turn of the Screw), Amor (Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice), Nuki (children's musical Pipi! Nuki! Puhh!), Erik (Maury Yeston's musical Phantom) and Arno (Anti Marguste's mono-opera Monologues) – as well as of oratorial works like Lera Auerbach's Russian Requiem, Roxanna Panufnik's Westminster Mass, Gabriel Fauré's Requiem and Galina Ustvolskaya's Symphony No 1. In 2008, he was awarded the Annual Prize of the Estonian Culture Endowment for his role in The Turn of the Screw, being the youngest musician ever to receive such award. He has also been awarded the Co-operation Prize by the Estonian Choral Society (2010).
Heldur Harry Põlda has performed with a number of choirs and orchestras in various countries like the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Sweden et al. as well as collaborated with many renowned musicians. The audience of the 25th All-Estonian Song Festival remembers him as soloist with united choirs. In July 2011, Heldur Harry performed Arvo Pärt's work Vater unser, accompanied on the piano by the composer himself, in Vatican at the festivities Homage of Artists celebrating the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedictus XVI as priest.
In autumn 2010, ERP released CD Terra Mariana featuring Heldur Harry and handbell ensemble Arsis, and in 2011, CD single Vater unser.
International Arvo Pärt Centre Heldur Harry Põlda was selected by Arvo Pärt for a recording of his piece "Vater Unser" dedicated to his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
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Heldur Harry Põlda The CD single featuring Arvo Pärt's composition "Vater Unser", which he dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI, was produced (as a gift) on the occasion of the presentation of this piece to the Pope in Rome, which took place in Rome on 4th July 2011.
Arvo Pärt himself plays the piano. He chose Heldur Harry Põlda as soloist to sing the prayer.
Along with a live performance of the piece before the pope, the score and CD was given to the pope.
Only 100 (pressed) copies of the CD were produced. The seven pages in the digipak case include the score, the lyrics in Latin, English and German and a b&w photo of Heldur Harry Põlda and Arvo Pärt.
The CD is not commercially released for sale.