Estonian National Male Choir
The Estonian National Male Choir was founded in 1944 by the legendary Estonian choral conductor Gustav Ernesaks. Since then, the choir has performed in more than 6000 concerts worldwide. The repertoire includes numerous oratorical works, plus an extensive a cappella repertoire. Mikk Üleoja has been principal conductor since 2011.
The Estonian National Male Choir has worked with leading choral conductors such as Robert Sund from Sweden, Josep Prats from Spain, Chifuru Matsubara from Japan, Roman Toi from Canada and Estonians Kuno Areng, Ants Üleoja, Toomas Siitan, Jaan-Eik Tulve and Mihkel Kütson, complemented by collaborations with orchestral conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Eri Klas, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Riccardo Muti, Paavo Berglund, Leif Segerstam, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Saulius Sondeckis, Michael Sanderling, Gintaras Rinkevicius, Arvo Volmer, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Tõnu Kaljuste and others.
The choir has recorded numerous CDs for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Finlandia, Alba Records, GB Records, Virgin Classics and Aurora, including the complete works for male choir by Veljo Tormis. The CD "Sibelius Cantatas", in collaboration with the Ellerhein Girls Choir and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi ,won the Grammy in the category "Best Choral Performance", and the CD "In paradisum" with works by Galina Grigorieva was awarded the 1st prize of the "Estonian Music Awards" in the classical category.
The Estonian National Male Choir is a regular guest at leading orchestras, festivals and concert halls, such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Bergen Festival, Musikfest Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival or the Usedom Music Festival.