Arvo Pärt was born in Paide, Estonia on September 11, 1935 and grew up in Tallinn. From 1958 to 1967 he was employed as a recording director and a composer of music for film and television for the music division of Estonian Radio. During this time he studied composition under Heino Eller at the Tallinn Conservatory, graduating in 1963. This is a sample of “Tabula Rasa”: II. Silentium concerto for 2 violins (or violin and viola), string orchestra and prepared piano, released in 77.