Estonian National Male Choir

The Estonian National Male Choir is one of the best-known Estonian music ensembles in the world.  The Estonian National Male Choir was founded in 1944 by Estonian choral conductor and composer Gustav Ernesaks. Having sung mostly a cappella during its early years, Estonian National Male Choir has grown into a world-famous professional choir that often performs large symphonic compositions.

Starting from the 2011 / 2012 season Estonian National Male Choir is led by chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja. The choir’s repertoire spans from renaissance to contemporary. Besides many Estonian composers, Estonian National Male Choir has premiered compositions by such luminaries as Gavin Bryars, Giovanni Bonato, Henrik Ødegaard, Dmitri Shostakovich etc. Each season the choir gives about 50-60 concerts both in Estonia and abroad.

Estonian National Male Choir frequently records for Estonian National Broadcasting and has collaborated with such labels as Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Finlandia, Alba Records, GB Records, Virgin Classics, Aurora and Ondine. In 2004 choir was awarded the Grammy award for the best choral performance, first for Estonia (Sibelius’ cantatas, in collaboration with Ellerhein choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi).

During last eight years the choir has released six CDs, including “In paradisum” (2014) with compositions by Galina Grigoryeva, which in 2015 won the award for the best classical album in Estonia.  The second, revised version of the CD  was released in 2023 by Toccata Classics. In 2016 „Te lucis ante terminum“- recording with music by Norwegian composer Henrik Ødegaard was released by Aurora label. In 2018, choir participated in the recording of Shostakovich’s 13th symphony (for Sony with Dresden Philharmonics and Michael Sanderling), and “Kullervo” by Sibelius (for Ondine with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu). In 2021 the choir has finished the recording sessions with the music of Giovanni Bonato, Giovanni Gabrieli, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks and Justė Janulytė.

The Estonian National Male Choir has cooperated with a number of outstanding conductors including Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Michael Sanderling, Peter Ruzicka, Hannu Lintu, Nikolai Alekseyev, Juri Temirkanov, Vladimir Jurowski, Marko Letonia, Andrew Litton, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Christoph Spering, Jac van Steen, Paul Mann, Markus Poschner, Lothar Zagrosek etc.

The Estonian National Male Choir has also worked with the following world-class orchestras such as the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, the Dresden Philharmonics, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kontzerthausorchester Berlin, the Orchestre Philharmonique De Strasbourg, the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Bremer Philharmoniker, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra etc

During its long history Estonian National Male Choir has performed all over Estonia and former Soviet Union, as well as in many European countries, Israel, Canada, USA, China, Japan and Singapore.

In 2015 Estonian National Male Choir and Mikk Üleoja were awarded the State Cultural Award, marking the choir’s remarkable performances.


Mikk Üleoja graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music in 1997 as a choir conductor (class of Prof. Ants Üleoja) and completed his Master’s Degree in music at the same place 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 been the conductor of the St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir, the chief conductor of the chamber choir Mattone and Kaarli Church Concert Choir, and taught conducting at the Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu. From 1998 to 2011, he worked as choirmaster of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Since the 2011/12 season, Mikk Üleoja is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Estonian National Male Choir.

Mikk Üleoja has conducted on eight recordings. Four of those – Galina Grigoryeva’s In paradisum (2014, 2023), Henrik Ødegaard’s  Te lucis ante terminum and “REGIRAM”– have been recorded with the Estonian National Male Choir. Luule, see ei tule tuulest (Poetry, It Doesn’t Come from the Wind, 2007), recorded with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, received the 2007 annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia; the album was also named the best choral record of the year. Galina Grigorjeva’s In paradisum was voted Classic Album of the Year at the 2015 Estonian Music Awards (EMA). Mikk Üleoja was named the Conductor of the Year in 2014. In 2015, he and the Estonian National Male Choir received a national culture award for outstanding works reaching the public.

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Conductor and Artistic Director Mikk Üleoja


I tenor

Aleksander Arder, Aivar Kaldre, Andrus Kirss, Mart Kroon, Hyunwoo Lee, Priit Lehto, Lennart Mängli, Valnar Neidre, Oliver Povel, Kuldar Schüts, Karel Tohv

II tenor

Priidu Aardam, Mikk Dede, Sergii Bilokin, Reio Blond, Madis Enson, Ero Esko, Olev Koit, Markus Leppoja,  Grigori Rutškin, Margus Vaht, Mati Valdaru, Margus Vellmann, Rihards Zariṇš


Peeter Hillep, Hanno Hint, Ott Indermitte, Oleksandr Kadyrov, René Keldo, Kaarel Kukk, John William Mathre, Igor Nikiforov, Andrus Poolma, Alo Rammo, Ants Reinhold, Andrus Siimon, Stanislav Šeljahhovski


Andres Alamaa, Jüri Eensoo, Rasmus Erismaa, Arno Jürjens, Taavi Kendra, Aare Kruusimäe, Nikita Mištšenko, Mait Männik, Reigo Männiste, Juss Tamm, Ranno Tamm, Roland Viilukas


Manager Indrek Umberg
Assistant-Edotir Anu Huntsaar
Administrator René Keldo

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Ødegaard. Stabat Mater

Thursday, 23.03
Estonia kontserdisaal
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Ødegaard. Stabat Mater

Friday, 24.03
Vanemuise kontserdimaja
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Final concert of the Pärnu Concert Hall concert

Thursday, 4.05
Pärnu kontserdimaja
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Songs of RUJA. Estonian National Male Choir

Saturday, 6.05
Estonia kontserdisaal
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Estonian National Male Choir in Manchester

Thursday, 18.05
The Bridgewater Hall
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Estonian National Male Choir in London

Sunday, 21.05
Kings Place
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