Postimees daily has announced that Hirvo Surva, the artistic director of the 26th Estonian Song Celebration, is its Person of the Year for 2014.
The criteria for the title, which has been awarded to an outstanding individual since 1997, are that the individual's accomplishments should "have importance years from now" and the person's "deeds should go down in history."
Surva has contributed to the development of Estonian choir music culture for years. He is the Chief Chorus Master of the Estonian National Opera Chorus, Chief Conductor of the Estonian National Opera Boys’ Choir, the Estonian United Boys’ Choir “Kalev” and the Revalia Male Chamber Choir. He was the Artistic Director of the Youth Song Celebration in 1997 and 2002.
ERR music editors also recently named Surva the "Musician of the Year".
The Person of the Year award has previously gone to ESTCube-1 project leader Mart Noorma, Estonian Maritime Museum director Urmas Dresen, and carbon credit traders Anne Sulling and Hannu Lamp.