Growing up in Tyresö (south of Stockholm) Anders was introduced to folk music early in life as a result of his parents’ great interest in music. At age 6 he began violin and piano lessons and was accepted to Adolf Fredrik’s School of Music as a 10-year old. He continued with nine years of studies at The Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he and four fellow-students formed an a cappella quintet – The Real Group - graduating together at the Masters level. They then completed together a 2-year postgraduate diploma on a specially-designed course tailored to their vision.
In addition to his work within the group, Jalkéus has achieved other impressive academic qualifications, including Masters Degrees in classical solo singing and in music education, and Bachelor-level Degrees in organ playing and choir conducting. He studied choir conducting with Professor Eric Ericson, and also sang with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and The Swedish Radio Choir.
Since 1989 he has been a full time singer performing with The Real Group in more then 40 countries and recording more than 20 albums, a couple of which he has also produced. Anders Jalkéus has composed songs and written arrangements of well-known standards for The Real Group. During the last 10 years he has also been a frequent adjudicator and clinician in competitions the world over.
One of his earliest memories with The Real Group was their first live broadcast concert, when they had performed all their available repertoire and realized that with 5 minutes more broadcast time they would need to perform a song that they did not know well.
His broad musical interests embrace classical, jazz, folk and children’s music, and for relaxation he likes to play the accordion and golf (though not simultaneously!) and when possible maximise time with his family. At various times his alternate career paths could have been as an operatic soloist, a professional accordionist, or even a civil engineer (having studied for two years at the Royal Institute of Technology).