Jaan-Eik Tulve

b. September 30, 1967 Tallinn
Member of Association of Estonian Professional Musicians
Member of Association of France Professional Musicians since 2005

Jaan-Eik Tulve first studied a year in Tartu Heino Eller Music School and then in the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School. He graduated from the choral conducting class of Ants Soots at Tallinn Conservatory in 1991. Thereafter he studied the conducting of Gregorian choirs at the National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance, graduating in 1993, later worked at the same Conservatory as assistant to Louis-Marie Vigne, who had a determining influence on his musical development, and finished his postgraduate studies. He has also given many courses in the Gregorian chant in France, Belgium, Italy, Norway, the Faroese Islands, Lithuania, Finland and Estonia. In 1996 he took up a post teaching Gregorian chant at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

He has been often invited to work with the choirs of various monasteries, to share his knowledge with the everyday practitioners of Gregorian chant. A considerable influence on the development of Jaan-Eik Tulve as musician and gregorianist has been exerted by the still ongoing collaboration with Dom Daniel Saulnier of the Solesmes Benedictine Monastery in France.

In 1992 Jaan-Eik Tulve became conductor of the Paris Gregorian Choir, with which he has appeared in many European countries and also in Lebanon. Many of the recordings made with the choir have received great critical acclaim (Diapason d’Or). He has also conducted the Estonian National Male Choir. In 1993 Jaan-Eik Tulve formed the Lac et Mel ensemble in Paris, for the performance of medieval polyphonic works. He also formed the female-voice section of the Paris Gregorian Choir in 1994. In 1996, he formed the Vox Clamantis ensemble in Tallinn. The ensemble performs early polyphony and contemporary music. Vox Clamantis has recorded for ECM Records and Arion. The CD Annum per annum, where Gregorian chant and early polyphony is interwoven with organ music by Arvo Pärt, has received very positive international feedback.

In 1999, Tulve participated in project Gregoriana Fennica (commissioned by the Sibelius Academy) as an expert investigator of early Finnish manuscripts.

Since 1997 he is the chairman of the board of the Estonian Gregorian Society and since 2002 that of Estonian Music Festivals organization. He is also a council member of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, a board member of the Estonian Music Council and of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians, as well as a member of Art Council of the Jewish cultural festival Ariel.

Jaan-Eik Tulve has been awarded the Prize of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2006), the V class Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia (2007) and the Order of Léopold of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic. The Estonian Public Broadcasting named him as the Musician of the Year 2017

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