Chief Conductor and Artistic Director
Phone: +372 614 7782/ +372 614 7782
Mikk Üleoja graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music in 1997 as a choir conductor (class of Prof. Ants Üleoja) and received Master's degree in music in 2004 (supervised by Prof. Toomas Siitan). He has sang in the World Youth Choir (1989–1992), Estonian National Male Choir (1994–1996), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (1996–2000) and in the Gregorian ensemble Vox Clamantis (1998-2011).
Mikk Üleoja has conducted the St. Michael's Boys' Choir and the chamber choir Mattone, he has been the chief conductor of Kaarli Church Concert Choir and taught conducting at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. During the years of 1998-2011 Mikk Üleoja worked as choirmaster of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Starting from the season of 2011/2012 Mikk Üleoja holds the position of the chief conductor and the artistic director of the Estonian National Male Choir.
Five recordings have been made under the choral direction of Mikk Üleoja, including the album Ma tulen taevast ülevalt (I Am Coming from Heaven Above, 2005), featuring the works of Cyrillus Kreek performed by the Kaarli Church Concert Choir. Together with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir he has recorded the album Luule, see ei tule tuulest (Poetry, it Doesn’t Come from the Wind, 2007), featuring the choral works of Mart Saar and also Jüri Reinvere’s Requiem (2009). Mikk Üleoja received the 2007 Annual Award from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia for the Mart Saar CD, the album was also named as the year’s best choral record. In spring 2014 he recorded Galina Grigorieva's authors album In Paradisum together with the Estonian National Male Choir and cellist Allar Kaasik.