Allar KAASIK (cello) began his music studies in Pärnu and continued in Tallinn, Moscow, and Riga. In 1974, he graduated cum laude from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as a cellist. Allar Kaasik has served as the principal cello at the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Estonian National Opera Orchestra, and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and has played in the Hortus Musicus ensemble, etc. He has made music with numerous exceptional artists, such as Viktor Tretiakov, Michel Lethiac, Samuel Saulus, Jaan Õu, Markku Mäkinen, Risto Lauriala, Esa Ruuttunen, Antti Siirala, Anders Jonhäll, etc. Kaasik has performed as a soloist in Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, South Korea, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Austria, Ireland, the Baltic States, and Russia. He has taken the stage as a soloist with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra, and with the orchestra Gypsy Devils. Above all, he is acknowledged and esteemed as a performer and promoter of Estonian cello music, including in international music festivals and concert series. Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigorjeva, Tõnu Kõrvits, Veljo Tormis, Urmas Sisask, Anne Ellerhein-Metsala, Kaljo Raid, Helmut Rosenvald, Eugen Kapp, Peteris Vasks, Anders Nilsson, and Einojuhani Rautavaara have composed pieces for him. The cellist cooperated especially tightly with the composer Kuldar Sink. Allar Kaasik has created many arrangements for cellos and cello ensembles and arranged cello music for other ensembles. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Allar Kaasik has been working in Finland, publishing Estonian music (via the Alcanto publishing house) and teaching cello and playing in an orchestra at the East Helsinki Music Institute and the Sibelius Academy. He was the art director of the David Oistrakh Festival organised in Pärnu since 1997 and in Sillamäe since 2012. He has also initiated several international cooperation projects. He has recorded a lot of music for the Estonian Public Broadcasting and for YLE in Finland.