Composer, ECU member since 2002Born on 14.12.1974
In 1996, Lauri Jõeleht graduated as a guitarist from the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School with Tiit Peterson and improved his skills at the Conservatoire of Barcelona in José Luis Lopategui’s class in 1990-1997. In 2001, he graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music, where he studied composition with Profs. Helena Tulve and Eino Tamberg, and obtained a master’s degree in 2003 as a student of Helena Tulve and Toivo Tulev. Lauri Jõeleht has been working as a guitar teacher since 1996. Currently, he teaches at the Old Town Educational College and Pirita Guitar and Violin Studio. His students have been awarded in several guitar competitions in Estonia and abroad. Jõeleht is a member of Estonian Guitar Society since 1999. From 2014, he works as a lecturer in the Institute of Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Lauri Jõeleht has written chamber and orchestral music, as well as liturgical music. The important part of his output is formed by choral works created in virtue of the collaboration with Estonian notable vocal ensembles: Vox Clamantis, Heinavanker, Orthodox Singers, Linnamuusikud, Voces Musicales. He has been the first performer of most of his guitar works. Besides that, Jõeleht´s works have been performed by Ensemble Voces Musicales, Reval Ensemble, Collegium Consonante, Una Corda, Ensemble Ars Nova (Sweden).
In the last decade, Jõeleht has written many solo works that have been performed a number of times. Viola player Garth Knox has presented his “Chant Harmonique” in Estonia, Spain, Germany and England. “Ampla” for solo oboe has been performed by Kalev Kuljus, Heli Ernits and Riivo Kallasmaa. Accordionist Külli Kudu has commissioned two solo works and Accordion Concerto. Guitar works have been played by Stefan Östersjö, Kirill Ogorodnikov and Kristo Käo. His music has been presented at such festivals as Nyyd, Trialogos, Estonian Music Days Festival, Estonian Young Composers’ Festival and Autumn Festival of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Jõeleht´s piece Loobumus (Renunciation) won the first prize in the contest of solo pieces for classical guitar, organised by Estonian Guitar Society in 2003. Concordia for two guitars was awarded the Composer’s Prize at the Estonian Music Days Festival 2005.