Teele Jõks

Teele Jõks
b 12.11.1975 Tallinn

Teele Jõks is known for Estonian audience as a baroque singer and also opera singer – her repertoire comprise chamber music and wide range vocal large-scales from baroque and also posterial eras. Teele Jõks often collaborates with Estonian National Opera, perfoming as a guest soloist at several music theatre productions including George Frideric Handel´s Julius Caesar.

Teele Jõks graduated from Nõmme Children Music School on violin under the guidance of Leila Eespere (1991). She continued at Tallinn Music High School on music theory graduating in 1994, where she also took composition lessons. In 1994–1995 Jõks studied music theory at Estonia Academy of Music and Theatre and 1995–1996 at Conservatoire National Supérior Musique et Danse de Lyon singing with Margreet Honig and early music interpretation with Marie-Claude Vallin. She continued singing studies in 1996 at Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under the guidance of Margreet Honig, graduating in 2000. In 2001–2002 Jõks studied singing at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the guidance of Ivo Kuuse. In 2004 Jõks obtained masters degree from Londoni Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Susan McCulloch, Teresa Goble ja Sarah Walker. In addition Jõks has developed her skills on chamber singing, early music interpretation and opera singing with Emma Kirkby, Harry van der Kamp, Emanuele Moris, Graham Johnson and Rudolf Jansen. Currently Jõks is to obtain doctor´s degree from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Teele Jõks has worked as a voice trainining teacher of chamber choir Voces Musicales (2004–2005) and Estonian Television´s Children Music Studio, she has also teached voice training at Tallinn University. Currently Jõks is baroque singing teacher at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Georg Ots Tallinn Music School.

Teele Jõks´ repertoire comprise a lot of 17th and 18th century´s church and chamber music, which she prefers to perform with early music ensembles by original music instruments. She has also cooperated with Estonian hapsichordists Imbi Tarum and Marju Riisikamp. Her repertoire includes wide range of vocal large-scales from baroque and posterial eras including Johann Sebastian Bach´s St John Passion, Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, cantatas including solo cantata Contented rest, beloved inner joy, Georg Friedrich Handel´s oratorio Jefta and Dixit Dominus, Antonio Vivaldi´s Introsuzione al Goria, Claudio Monteverdi´s Vespro della Beata Vergine, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Marc-Antoine Charpentier Te Deum, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Requiem, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy St Paul ect. Her repertoire also includes music from 19th and 20th century, which she has performed with Estonian pianists Peep Lasman, Ralf Taal and Piia Paemurru. Teele Jõks has performed at several countries in Europe and most of music festivals in Estonia.

Teele Jõks has participated at first performances of Estonian composers including Veljo Tormis´ Sünnisõnad (1999) and Eino Tamberg´s Peeglimängud (2002). She has sung at Estonian National Opera and also Theatre Vanemuine as a guest soloist. Her first role at Estonian National Opera was already in 1991, when she sung Three Boys part with companions from choir Ellerhein. First big role became in 1988 at Latvian National Opera as Bradamantena in Georg Friedrich Handel´s Alcina. Her repertoire comprise title roles at Estonian National Opera including Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Gioachino Rossini´s La Cenerentola, Emmerich Kálmán´s Silva and George Frideric Handel´s Julius Caesar, also parts at operas by Sergei Prokofiev, Giuseppe Verdi and Erki-Sven Tüür. In Theatre Vanemuine Jõks participates at Pyotr Tchaikovsky´s Eugene Oneguin.

In 2003 Teele Jõks won Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since 2002 Teele Jõks belongs to Association of Estonian Professional Musicians.

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