Silvi Vrait

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Silvi Vrait
Born (1951-04-28)28 April 1951
Kehra, Estonia
Died 28 June 2013(2013-06-28) (aged 62)
Tallinn, Estonia
Genres Jazz, country, rock, folk
Occupations Singer, music teacher
Instruments Vocals, Piano
Years active 1972–2013

Silvi Vrait (28 April 1951 – 28 June 2013) was an Estonian singer and music teacher.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born in Kehra in April 1951, Vrait graduated from the Kehra Music School in 1968 on piano.

In 1974 she graduated from the Tartu University on English philology and from 1994, she taught English in a secondary school in Tallinn. Vrait has also coached vocalists at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School.

Stage career[edit]

Silvi Vrait first appeared on stage in 1972 when she performed in a TV show, and from 1976 to 1983 she was active in theatre Vanemuine in Tartu.

For being a demanded and highly popular soloist in her native Estonia, she has toured and recorded with the likes of Suuk and Fix, both on cult status in Estonia. Her style varies from jazz to country and from rock to folk.

In late 1980s, Vrait was an important figure within the Estonian armless struggle for restoring the independence, the Singing Revolution, for at least two recordings, "Väikene rahvas, väikene maa" (Small Nation, Tiny Country) and "Ei ole üksi ükski maa" (No Land Is Alone). The latter was performed by a number different important musicians of the Estonian rock scene, such as Kare Kauks, Ivo Linna, Tõnis Mägi, Gunnar Graps and many more besides Silvi Vrait.

Vrait has been in quite a few musicals and operas, such as Põhjaneitsi (põhjaneitsi, 1980), Porgy and Bess (Bess, 1985), Zorba (Leader, 2000), Cabaret (Fräulein Schneider, 2012), Gypsy (Rose, 1999), The King and I (Lady Thiang, 1998), Chicago (Mama Morton, 2004) and The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess, 2003, reprised in 2010).

In 1994, Silvi Vrait was the representative of Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin that year. Her song Nagu merelaine ended up on 24th place, beating only Lithuania.

Death[edit]

In April 2013 Vrait was hospitalized with a brain tumour and died there on 28 June 2013, aged 62. She is survived by her son Silver Vrait. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vihmand, Jaak (2006-02-04). "Silvi Vrait — staar elu lõpuni". Postimees. Retrieved 2008-12-05.  (Estonian)
  2. ^ Suri lauljanna Silvi Vrait (Estonian)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
none
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
1994
Succeeded by
Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna
with "Kaelakee hääl"