Erkki-Sven Tüür turned 60 on 16 October. His composing career started in the late 1980s and the early works still popular today include Zeitraum, the Architectonics series and Action-Passion-Illusion for strings. In his own words, his pieces are abstract dramas in sound, with an extremely dynamic chain of events. Since 1992, Tüür has been a freelance composer who has received commissions from renowned performers worldwide. He has been especially prolific in writing orchestral works and concertos, but his catalogue also includes chamber music, choral works and an opera.