Chamber choir Voces Musicales
During 14 years of activity, the semi-professional chamber choir Voces Musicales, which was founded in 1999 by Risto Joost mainly of the students of the Estonian Academy of Music, has become a high-level choir with an established and unique place in the Estonian musical life.
The choir was successful already in their first seasons, as they received recognition from several domestic competitions. In autumn 2009 they won 2nd Prize at the Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition and also completed their first album, “Pilgrim’s Song”, with the music of Arvo Pärt.
The choir’s album “Pilgrim’s Song” received a positive review in the choral and vocal music section of the BBC Music Magazine, where reviewer Barry Witherden gave it the highest rating (5 stars) for musical performance and sound.
Another high recognition came for the “Pilgrim's Song” CD in Gramophone, where Pwyll ap Siôn wrote that “Estonian musicians offer an ideal introduction to Pärt's choral music”.
The repertoire of Voces Musicales includes works in diverse genres from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary music and also many important classical repertoire pieces. The choir has secured an important place in Estonian music life in its fourteen years of activity, introducing pieces that aren't performed by many other Estonian choirs due to their difficulty. The most recent major performances of the choir include Erkki-Sven Tüür's „Requiem“, Arvo Pärt's „Stabat Mater“, "Te Deum", Händel’s oratorios „Solomon“, „Alexander's Feast“ and „Messiah“, Carl Orff's „Carmina Burana“, Monteverdi’s „Vespro della Beata Vergine“, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Händel’s „Messiah" and Haydn's oratorio " Creation".
The choir has participated in various thematic concert series and festivals and represented Estonia successfully at international festivals in Japan, France, Israel, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia and Finland. In 2013 Voces Musicales has performed in Estonia, Japan and Berlin and participated in a master class with Peter Philips.
During the first ten seasons the choir’s chief conductor was Risto Joost, with whom the choir continues to cooperate. From season 2011/2012 to 2013/2014 the chief conductor of Voces Musicales was Kaspar Mänd. As of 2014 the choir works mainly with different guest conductors from Europe and America.
Voces Musicales has worked with several other conductors in the past (Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Olari Elts, Arvo Volmer a.o.) and has performed with many renowned orchestras and ensembles.