"The International
Trumpet Days"

Adan Delgado Illada
and Ralf Taal
at Hopner's House
April 5th 2024


  • Adán Delgado Illada (trumpet, Spain)
  • Ralf Taal (piano, Estonia) 


  • Music by Spanish composers Ricardo Mollá, Andrés Valero, Javier Martínez, Santiago Báez, Salvador Chuliá and Juan Zapata
  • Estonian premiere of Helena Tulve’s work for solo trumpet “As if Dreaming”


Adán Delgado Illada, the principal trumpet of the Spanish National Symphony Orchestra since 2010, is a frequent guest artist and professor of several festivals and masterclasses in Estonia. Since 2009, he has worked regularly with The International Trumpet Days and competition Trumpet Talents Tallinn, Võru Vaskpillipäevad, and the Järvi Academy at the Pärnu Music Festival.


Adan returns to Estonia to perform with one of the leading Estonian pianists, Ralf Taal, offering the audience an exciting program full of Spanish trumpet music.


Adan has formed lasting ties with Estonian music and musicians. He has played extensively and recorded with an Estonian pianist, Jaan Ots, and often adds works by Estonian composers to his recital programs. His program at the International Trumpet Days 2024 will include the work for solo trumpet, “As if Dreaming,” by an Estonian composer, Helena Tulve, whose music is characterized by constant change and continuous processes. Her music grows from simple primary impulses, influenced by natural patterns, organics, and synchronicity.
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Helena Tulve "As if Dreaming"

At the core of Helena Tulve’s music is unceasing change and the associated processes in time and space. Her music is rooted in simple elementary impulses, being affected by natural patterns, organicity and universal life energy. The new music piece by Helena Tulve named “As if Dreaming” was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music in London as part of its 200 pieces program to celebrate its 200th anniversary.


Helena Tulve studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Erkki-Sven Tüür and with Jacques Charpentier at the CNR de Paris from which she graduated in 1994. She also studied Gregorian chant and traditional music at CNSMD de Paris. Tulve has attended György Ligeti’s and Marco Stroppa’s summer courses as well as an electronic music course at IRCAM.


Since 2000, Helena Tulve has been on the faculty of composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Tulve has been a composer in residency at the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (2001-02), Pärnu Järvi International Summer Festival (2012), Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (2012-2013), at Båstad Chamber Music Festival (2017) and at Rencontres Utopik in Nantes, France (2018). Helena Tulve has also worked together with artists and has written film music and music for theatre performances and dance. Her music has been published on three monographic albums, Sula (Eesti Raadio, 2005), Lijnen (ECM, 2008) and Arboles lloran por lluvia (ECM, 2014).



Adán Delgado Illada

(trumpet, Spain)

Adán Delgado Illada is the principal trumpet of the Spanish National Orchestra and is frequently asked to perform in other Spanish and international orchestras. He has been member of several professional orchestras, such as Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia under main conductors Z. Mehta and L. Maazel, and prominent youth orchestras, such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, Jeunesses Musicals Youth orchestra and Schleswig- Holstein Music Festival Orchestra.

As a soloist, Adán has on several occasions performed with orchestras like the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Sa Nostra, Ensemble Villa de la Orotava and Orquesta Filarmonia de Madrid, Isola Classica Festival Orchestra and  Spanish National Orchestra. As a chamber musician he often performs with pianist Jaan Ots, Organist Esther Ciudad, the “brassONEquintet” and the trumpet ensemble: “SOFT”.

Adán is the first prize winner of the International competition “Yamaha Xeno 2004” and the “10th Benidorm International Trumpet Contest” in 2008. Adán is an official Stomvi artist.

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Ralf Taal

(piano, Estonia)

Pianist Ralf Taal has gained recognition at several national and international piano competitions: first prizes at the international competition in Ústí nad Labem (1989), Competition of Estonian Pianists (1994) and contest festival “Con Brio ‘94”. In 1995, Taal won the special prize at the Franz Schubert piano competition in Dortmund.

As a soloist and a chamber musician Ralf Taal has performed in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Latvia. He has  played in front of all Estonian orchestras.

For Estonian Radio Ralf Taal has recorded solo repertoire (Schubert, Chopin) as well as ensemble music. In 2020, Ralf Taal with violinist Marie-Helen Aavakivi released a CD.

Ralf Taal has worked as an accompanist at the Estonia Theatre since 1998 and at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre since 1993. 

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