During 15 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.
In April 2014 the choir participated in the 1st London International A Cappella Choir Competition and was selected as a finalist.
The choir’s album “Pilgrim’s Song” with the music of Arvo Pärt 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, 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“, Händel’s oratorios „Solomon“, „Alexander’s Feast“ and „Messiah“, Orff’s „Carmina Burana“, Haydn’s “The Creation”, Monteverdi’s „Vespro della Beata Vergine“ and Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
The choir has participated in various thematic concert series and festivals and have had concerts in Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
During the first ten seasons the choir’s chief conductor was Risto Joost, with whom the choir continues to cooperate even today. Voces Musicales has also worked with several other conductors (Neeme Järvi, Eri Klas, Olari Elts, Arvo Volmer a.o.) and has performed with many renowned Estonian orchestras and ensembles.