The Aavo Ots Music Studio was founded in 2002 with the goal of developing and deepening the performance skills of young interpreters as soloists and ensemble players and finding possibilities to broaden international cooperation.
The Music Studio of Aavo Ots organises soloist and ensemble education for young wind players and arranges concerts and brass music festivals. The Music Studio (www.musicstudio.ee) is a member of the Estonian Music Council and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). The Music Studio of Aavo Ots is also responsible for managing the work and concert activity of the Trumpet Ensemble of Aavo Ots, as well as of the Trumpet Class and the soloists. My Trumpet Class has, throughout the years, functioned as a harmonious group – our aim is to play well, make music together in various ensembles and organise joint music projects.
Conductor and trumpeter Aavo Ots was born in 1951 in South Estonian district Võru. He graduated from Tallinn Conservatory in 1976 as a choir conductor (Prof. G. Ernesaks) and a trumpeter (Prof. T. Tarum). 1983–1986 followed postgraduate studies at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory under the famous Russian trumpet professor Y. Bolshiyanov. A. Ots has complemented his skills of orchestra conducting under Peeter Lilje and at the master classes of Andreas Sporri in Switzerland (2005) and Gerald Markson in Ireland during the WASBE conference (2007).
In 1979, Aavo Ots won the 1st Prize at the national competition of wind instruments, 1975–1985 he worked as a trumpeter in the Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian National Opera. In 1985, he was approved to be a full time lecturer at the Tallinn Conservatory; from 1989 until present he has been an associate professor of the brass and woodwind department at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
In 2004 and 2009, Aavo Ots was a conductor of the 24th and 25th Song Festival in Tallinn. In 2006, he was the artistic director and the principal conductor of 15th Gaudeamus in Tartu (a song festival of Baltic students). In 2011, Aavo Ots was the general conductor of wind orchestras of the Estonian Youth Song Festival. He has been named the Orchestra Conductor of the Year by the Estonian Choral Association in 2004, 2006 and 2009.
The Order of the White Star (5th class) was awarded to Aavo Ots in 2014 by the President of the Republic of Estonia for promoting wind music and forming his trumpet school.