Award-winning jazz vocalist, harpist and composer Anna Jalkéus has already distinguished herself as one of the most unique voices of the up-and-coming generation of musicians. As a soloist she has performed in many places around the world such as China (2012 and 2013), a number of European countries and venues including the Stockholm Concert Hall, the 2013 Stockholm Jazz Festival and the Olympic arena Haakons Hall in Lillehammer, Norway, as well as several notable US venues such as the Blue Room, Kansas City, and the Guggenheim Museum, NYC. She made her international debut at age 12, representing Sweden in the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest which was broadcasted in 20 European countries and viewed by 100 million people.
Anna has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national awards, such as a Downbeat Award for Outstanding Performance with her band “Anna Jalkéus Group” in 2017, the Swedish Monica Zetterlund and Ted Gärdestad awards, and a composition scholarship from STIM (Sweden’s equivalent of ASCAP). She was presented as a winner in the “Young Composer Showcase” at the 2017 Jazz Education Network Conference with her composition “Above”. In 2004 Anna also received a Swedish Gold Record for the Swedish national final of Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and her musicianship has been described as “genuine and profound” (the Monica Zetterlund foundation).
Since 2014 she is living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, TX, performing as a band leader with her own contemporary jazz group as well as appearing as side(wo)man with other projects such as the free improv group Ptyx Trio and Emilio Mesa’s band “Constructed Reality”. She is a sought after collaborator both as a vocalist and harpist, and specializes in contemporary jazz orchestra and jazz/fusion singing and playing. She was a member of the UNT Jazz Singers and the UNT HarpBeats for three years. With the former she won a Downbeat Award in 2016. In March 2017 “The Rise of Estrogenia” was premiered: a concerto in three movements composed by Anna for jazz voice and harp, symphony orchestra and jazz combo – her largest work yet. In June 2017 Anna Jalkéus Group will go into the studio to record their debut album.
Born in 1992 in Stockholm, Sweden, Anna grew up touring worldwide with Swedish acapella phenomenon The Real Group (seeing as both of her parents were original members). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and completed a Graduate Artist Certificate at the University of North Texas in May 2017, studying jazz voice and harp with Rosana Eckert and Dr. Jaymee Haefner respectively. Starting August 2017 she will be teaching as Adjunct Jazz Voice Instructor at the University of North Texas .
When she is not practicing, composing or performing, Anna enjoys playing the theremin.