Cellist Aare Tammesalu performs classical and contemporary music. He is an active music producer and pedagogue. In 1985, Tammesalu graduated as a cellist from the Tallinn State Conservatory. Later he acquired a Master’s degree at the Estonian Academy of Music. He has enriched his university experiences by taking lessons from Mikhail Khomitser in Moscow and participating in the master courses of Martin Ostertag. In 1987, Aare Tammesalu won a prize at the Contest of Estonian String Instrument Players. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed with several Estonian orchestras and in numerous European countries, Armenia, Barbados, Canada, Georgia, Israel, Iran, Russia and the USA, as well as participated in various international music festivals: Emilia Romagna Festival (Italy), Vale of Glamorgan Festival (UK), Yerevan Perspectives (Armenia), Fadjr (Iran), Zilele Muzicii Noi (Moldova), Around the Piano (Greece), Spiegel im Spiegel (Russia), Bach: before and after (Turkey), Crusell Music Festival (Finland), Nordic Music Days (Sweden) etc. He is a member of the Tobias String Quartet and Resonabilis Ensemble.
Aare Tammesalu has been the first performer and introducer of the works by Giovanni Bonato, Eino Tamberg, Lepo Sumera, Mirjam Tally, Mariann Liik, Andres Uibo and others. He has released a CD with Estonian cello music (2010, ERES). He was engaged as an organizer of the musical accompaniment for the new production of the Estonian silent feature film "Young Eagles" (1927). He has organized Bach Competition in Tallinn in 2000 and Pärnu Violin Competition in 2008 and 2010. Aare Tammesalu was awarded the Hendrik Krumm Culture Prize for founding and directing Mustjala Music Festival that takes place since 1995 in Saaremaa. He is artistic director of Palace Music Concert Series, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn.