Photo: Herkki-Erich Merila

Henry Tiisma (bass) studied technology and economy of construction at the Tallinn University of Technology and worked as a civil engineer prior to singing professionally.

His life changed when he happened to be part of an immensely successful production of ‘Songs of Estonian Men’, based on Veljo Tormis’ music, which was produced by Peeter Jalakas and Tõnu Kaljuste. As a result of his performance, Tõnu Kaljuste invited him to join the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in 2009, where he has been singing to this day.

Henry has also featured as a soloist in some large-scale productions, such as ‘Adam’s Passion’ by Arvo Pärt-Robert Wilson and Arvo Pärt’s ‘Passio’. He is continually training his vocal skills with Iris Oja and Uku Joller. Furthermore, Henry provides low end for the male quartet of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and to the instrumental ensamble Kriminaalne Elevant (Criminal Elephant), the latter performing original film music.

Besides singing, Henry is an avid collector of 1970s LPs and is fond of restoring old cars. Newly found old hobby consists of everything to do with road and rough terrain cycling.