Biography Vox Clamantis

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Vox Clamanti
is an Estonian ensemble which was formed in 1996. It brings together singers, composers, instrumentalists and choir­ masters who share an interest in Gregorian chant as the basis of all European art music. The group often sings this repertoire, but also performs contemporary music. Many Estonian composers, including Arvo Pärt, Erkki_Sven Tüür and Helena Tulve, have written pieces for them. Their interpretation of medieval music is never purely historical; while always remaining true to the spirit of this repertoire, the ensem­ ble tries to engage in a dialogue with contemporary music; even programmes consisting entirely of medieval music are contemporary in their selection of pieces. The ensemble has worked with numerous musicians of international standing, such as the organists Jean Boyer, Werner Jacob, Jon Laukvik, the Catalan soprano Arianna Savall, the French pianists Brigitte Engerer and Jean_Claude Pennetier, The Cello Octet Amsterdam, the early music group Hortus Musicus, the con­ temporary ensemble NYYD Ensemble and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Their artistic director and choirmaster is Jaan_Eik Tulve.

Jaan-Eik Tulve
After leading the Paris Gregorian Choir and the Lac et Mel ensemble, Jaan-Eik Tulve founded Vox Clamantis in Tallinn in 1996, and he remains its artistic director and conductor today. From the outset a collective with members sharing interest in Gregorian chant, Vox Clamantis has explored both early polyphony and contemporary music, with many composers writing new music for the group. The ensemble’s collaborators have included Marco Ambrosini, Ariana Savall, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Yair Dalal. Vox Clamantis’s recordings have won numerous awards, and in 2017 the ensemble received the National Cultural Award of the Republic of Estonia.

Marco Ambrosini
born 1964, studied violin, viola and composition at the G.B. Pergolesi Institute in Ancona and at Pesaro’s Rossini Conservatory. One of few nyckelharpa players working outside the Swedish folk tradition, he took up the instrument in 1983 and has since shaped a new role for it in baroque and contemporary music. Ambrosini’s ECM recordings include Resonances with his Ensemble Supersonus, and Inventio, duo performances with Jean-Louis Matinier, as well as albums with Rolf Lislevand (Nuove musiche, Diminuito) Giovanna Pessi/Susanna Wallumrød (If Grief Could Wait), and Helena Tulve (Arboles lloran por lluvia). Angela Ambrosini, born 2000, began playing nyckelharpa in 2010. She toured with the Oni Wytars ensemble in 2013 and first collaborated with Vox Clamantis in 2015.

Anna-Liisa Eller
born 1988, studied with Rolf Lisevand in Lyon and Trossingen. She has won awards including First Prize at the Helsinki international Kantele Competition in 2011. She works in close cooperation with early music ensembles including Lislevand’s Ensemble Kapsberger, Vox Clamantis, Oni Wytars and Supersonus and has also performed with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.

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