'The playing is superb and the interpretation fascinating.' - Peter G Howell
Estonian harpsichordist and teacher Imbi Tarum was born in Tartu on 3 April 1956. She studied piano with Bruno Lukk at Tallinn State Conservatory and then harpsichord with Ton Koopman and Vaughan Schlepp.
She was a member of Andres Mustonen's early music group Hortus Musicus from 1978 until 1992, playing alongside her husband, trumpeter Raivo Tarum.
From 1991 she has taught harpsichord and basso continuo at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and is known as one of the founders of Estonian harpsichord teaching and performance.
In 2015 she was awarded a 'Live and Shine' scholarship, and in 2016 she received an Estonian Cultural Endowment for Sound Art.
She chairs the Estonian Guild of Harpsichord Friends, is artistic director of the Estonian Harpsichord Days festival and plays in the ensembles Tallinn Baroque and Corelli Consort.
Ensemble. Clearly Important - The seventh Klavessiinfestival held in Tallinn, Estonia, attended by Peter Howell
Le grand clavecin - The sixth Harpsichord Festival (Klavessiinifestival) in Tallinn, Estonia, 10-15 April 2008, attended by Peter G Howell
CD Spotlight. A Definitive View - Imbi Tarum plays French Baroque harpsichord music, recommended by Peter G Howell. 'The playing is superb ...'
Record box. A spirited approach - Performances by the Corelli Consort and soloists, reviewed by Patric Standford