Alo Mattiisen

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Alo Mattiisen (22 April 1961 – 30 May 1996) was an Estonian composer most known for his patriotic melodies, several of which became a staple of the Singing Revolution.

Early years[edit]

Mattiisen was born on 22 April 1961 in Jõgeva.


In 1984, Mattiisen graduated from the Tallinn State Conservatory, becoming a specialist in pedagogy of music. In 1988, he graduated from the same school, becoming a specialist in composition.

Creative period[edit]

In 1983, Mattiisen replaced Erkki-Sven Tüür in In Spe. Tüür was leaving the ensemble and seeking a replacement. The first performance of Mattiisen with In Spe was in January 1984.

Late life[edit]

Mattiisen died on 30 May 1996 in Tallinn.


  • In 1988 and 1989, Mattiisen was given the Yearly Culture Award of Music of Estonian SSR.
  • In 1996, Mattiisen was given the Culture Award of Republic of Estonia.