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
Occupation(s) 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]


Born in Kehra in 1951, Vrait graduated from the Kehra Music School in 1968 on piano. In 1974 she graduated from the Tartu University with a degree in English philology. From 1994, she taught English in a secondary school in Tallinn. Vrait coached vocalists at the Georg Ots Music School in Tallinn.[1]

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. Her style varies from jazz to country and from rock to folk. In the late 1980s, she 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").[1]

She appeared in musicals and operas, such as 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).[1]

In 1994, Vrait was the representative of Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin that year. Her song Nagu merelaine ended up on 24th out of 25 places, beating only Lithuania.[1]


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


  1. ^ a b c d e Vihmand, Jaak (4 February 2006). "Silvi Vrait — staar elu lõpuni". Postimees. Retrieved 15 December 2008.  (Estonian)
  2. ^ Suri lauljanna Silvi Vrait (Estonian)

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Estonia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Maarja-Liis Ilus & Ivo Linna
with "Kaelakee hääl"