NELE ERASTUS

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas
(Born on September 20th, 1993)
 
Nele Erastus has been highly involved with music in her hometown Pärnu, Estonia from an early age. Today, she is active both nationally and internationally as a conductor, singer and chorus master. Nele recently finished her Bachelor's degree under Tõnu Kaljuste in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Toomas Kapten's class. She has participated in both choral and orchestra masterclasses with Paavo Järvi, Frieder Bernius, Josep Vila i Casañas, Simon Halsey, Risto Joost, and many others.

A recipient of the 2019 Gustav Ernesaks' scholarship, Nele earned 2nd place at the 7th Competition for Estonian Young Conductors in October 2019, and won 1st prize in the 2016 Estonian Music Schools' Conducting competition. As a singer, Nele is a three-time selected member of the World Youth Choir, and was chosen as a representative of Estonia to the 2020 European Youth Choir.

Nele is currently serving her 3rd season as chief conductor of Chamber Choir Sireen where she recently led the ensemble to 1st prize in the adult category of the 2019 European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) Choir Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

"Undoubtedly the most striking was the emergence of a real conducting personality by Estonian choral conductor Nele Erastus"

David Nice, theartsdesk.com (25.07.2020)



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Our previous conductors were the founders Ülle Tuisk (until season 2017/2018) and Tiiu Ivanova (until October 2018).