Jalmar Vabarna

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Born (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 36)
Alma materVärska Music School

Jalmar Vabarna (born April 17, 1987) is an Estonian musician. He is a member of bands Trad.Attack!, Zetod and Viljandi Guitar Trio. He has also been a part of Curly Strings, Klapp, Gjangsta, Vallatud Vestid and Johanna-Adele Jüssi Band. Jalmar Vabarna also performs as a solo artist and plays in a duo with Sandra Vabarna. He has given concerts in almost 40 countries across the world.

Early life

Vabarna graduated from Värska Music School in 2005 and from Värska Gymnasium in 2006. In 2011 he graduated from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy where he specialized in traditional music. He also spent a year (2009-2010) as an exchange student studying in Sweden Karlstad University Ingesund School of Music.

Jalmar Vabarna is the founder of Treski Küün, a concert venue in Värska, Estonia which has hosted more than 50 cultural events since 2015. In addition, he has founded a music agency called Folk Massidesse which aims to strengthen the Estonian folk artists community and distribute Estonian folk music to a wider audience.

In 2012-2015 Vabarna worked as a producer in the Estonian Traditional Music Centre. In 2019 he was the head of the music program for the Seto Folk music festival.


  • Vabarna has won 34 Estonian Ethno Music Awards (Etnokulp), most of them with Trad.Attack! and Zetod
  • 2020, 2018 Etnokulp: musician of the year
  • 2018 Estonian Music Industry Award: music entrepreneur of the year
  • 2010–2018 more than 15 Estonian Music Awards with the bands Zetod, Curly Strings and Trad.Attack!
  • 2016 bearer of Põlvamaa decoration
  • 2015 Young Cultural Figure Award from the Cultural Foundation of the President
  • 2015 Etnokulp: folk musician of the year
  • 2013 Raadio 2 Aastahitt, the guitarist of the Dream Band (people’s choice award)
  • 2013 Anne Vabarna Cultural Award

Personal life

Jalmar Vabarna married Sandra Sillamaa in 2016. The couple had a son in 2018.

Jalmar Vabarna’s great-grandmother was Anne Vabarna, a famous singer of the Seto people, a minority group living in South-Eastern Estonia.



Jalmar Vabarna



Curly Strings

Viljandi Guitar Trio

Vallatud Vestid



Johanna-Adele Jüssi Band



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