The Grammy-winning Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis comprises a diversity of twelve singers who share their passion for Gregorian chant, early polyphony and contemporary music. Formed in 1996 by conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve, the group has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for their unique sound and meaningful interpretation.
The ensemble’s musical thinking has its roots deep in the tradition of early European music, but also the performance of contemporary Baltic music forms a core theme within the repertoire of Vox Clamantis. Composers such as Arvo Pärt, Helena Tulve and Erkki-Sven Tüür have written and dedicated their works for Vox Clamantis.
Concert tours have taken Vox Clamantis throughout Europe, Israel, Canada, USA, Colombia including appearances at festivals such as La Folle Journee in Nantes, Warsaw, Tokyo, Fribourg, Vale of Glamorgan, Usedom, Kissinger Sommer, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Kunstfest Corvey, Nafplion, Sydney, Hong Kong among others. In 2019 Vox Clamantis will give its debut at RheinVokal Festival.
The ensemble has also performed with a number of artists including Arianna Savall, Dhafer Youssef, Marco Ambrosini, Yair Dalal, Jean Claude Pennetier, the Cello Octet Amsterdam, early music consort Hortus Musicus, NYDD Ensemble, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Latvian Radio Choir.
Their discography includes The Deer’s Cry and Filia Sion for ECM Records, Sacrum Convivium with music by Duruflé, Machaut, Poulenc, Messiaen and Gregorian chant as well as Liszt’s Via crucis for Mirare which was awarded the Diapason d’Or. The CD “Adam’s Lament” by Arvo Pärt with Tõnu Kaljuste, Latvian Radio Choir among others has won the Grammy Award in 2014. The film featuring Vox Clamantis music, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), received an Oscar in 2014.
In 2011, Vox Clamantis and Jaan-Eik Tulve were awarded the annual prize of the Cultural Foundation of Estonia.
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Jaan-Eik Tulve conductor
Jaan-Eik Tulve was born in Tallinn. After obtaining his diploma in choral conducting at the Tallinn Conservatory, he studied Gregorian chant at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris from 1991, where he was awarded first prize in 1993. He then worked as assistant to Louis-Marie Vigne, who had a determining influence on his musical development. He continued his studies with Daniel Saulnier.
In 1996 Tulve took up a post teaching Gregorian chant at the National Music Academy in Estonia. He has also given many courses in Gregorian chant around the globe.
For his merits to vocal music Jaan-Eik Tulve has been awarded the Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia, the Order of Léopold of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.