Estonian National Male Choir

Celebrating its 73th birthday this year, Estonian National Male Choir (also known as RAM) was established by Estonian choral music legend, conductor and composer Gustav Ernesaks. Having sung mostly a cappella during its early years, RAM has grown into a world-famous professional choir that often performs large symphonic compositions.
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 and Aurora.
In 2004 RAM 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 five years the choir has released five CDs, including “In Paradisum” with compositions by Galina Grigorjeva, which in 2015 won the award for the best classical album in Estonia. The most recent CD was released by Aurora and includes music by Norwegian composer Henrik Ødegaard. Yet to be released is a CD featuring Italian composers Giovanni Bonato and Giovanni Gabrieli.
Starting from the 2011 / 2012 season Estonian National Male Choir is led by chief conductor and artistic director Mikk Üleoja. The list of previous conductors includes Harald Uibo, Uno Järvela, Olev Oja, Kuno Areng, Ants Üleoja, Ants Soots, Kaspars Putniņš and others. The choir’s repertoire spans from renaissance to contemporary. Besides many Estonian composers, RAM has premiered compositions by such luminaries as Dmitri Shostakovich, Otar Taktakshvili, Gavin Bryars and Giovanni Bonato.
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 and USA. In 2015 the choir sung a cappella and with orchestras in Russia (St Petersburg), Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem), France (Chateauroux), several Canadian cities, Germany (Hannover) and China (Shanghai, Beijing).
In 2016 the concerts took place in St Petersburg’s famous Cappella-hall, Armenia (Vanadzor, Yerevan) and Georgia (Tbilisi). In August the choir sung at the “Nuits de Choeurs” festival.
In 2015 Estonian National Male Choir and Mikk Üleoja were awarded the State Cultural Award, marking the choir’s remarkable performances.

About the ensemble

Estonian National Male Choirperformances

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Recordings

"Father of Song" Gustav Ernesaks

A choise of the works by Estonian composer Gustav Ernesaks.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors  Gustav Ernesaks, Olev Oja, Kuno Areng

Forte FD 0001/2, 1993

Veljo Tormis. Keeping together

Veljo Tormis. Keeping together

A choise of the works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Olev Oja, Kuno Areng

Forte FD 0019/2, 1994

Veljo Tormis. Ancient Voices

Veljo Tormis. Ancient Voices

A choise of the works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Kuno Areng and Olev Oja

Forte FD 0011/2, 1994

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

A choise of favorite and beloved Christmas Songs.

Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Ants Üleoja and Ants Soots
Theka Ltd, 1995

Rudolf Tobias. Oratorio “Des Jona Sendung/ Jonah’s Mission”

Rudolf Tobias. Oratorio “Des Jona Sendung/ Jonah’s Mission”

Pille Lill (soprano), Urve Tauts (mezzo-soprano), Peter Svensson (tenore),
Raimo Laukka (baritone), Mati Palm (bass), Ines Maidre (organ)
Estonian National Male Choir, Oratorical Choir, Tallinn Boys’ choir
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Neeme Järvi

Dmitri Shostakovich. Symphony No 13 “Babi Jar”

Dmitri Shostakovich. Symphony No 13 “Babi Jar”

Anatoly Kotsherga (bass)
Estonian National Male Choir (chorus-masters Ants Soots and Ants Üleoja)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Neeme Järvi

Deutsche Grammophon 449 187-2 GH, 1996

Veljo Tormis. People of Kalevala

Veljo Tormis. People of Kalevala

A choise of the works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Ants Soots, Ants Üleoja and Olev Oja

Filandia Records 0630-12245-2, 1996

Jean Sibelius. Kullervo

Jean Sibelius. Kullervo

Symphonic poem written by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, based on the character of Kullervo from the epic poem Kalevala.
Randi Stene (mezzo-soprano), Peter Mattei (baritone)
Estonian National Male Choir
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Paavo Järvi

Virgin Classics LC 7873, 1997

Artur Kapp. Oratorio

Artur Kapp. Oratorio "Job"

Oratorio in two parts set to biblical texts.
Taimo Toomast (baritone), Mart Mikk (bass I), Mati Palm (bass II)
Ines Maidre (organ), Maano Männi (violin)
Estonian National Male Choir (chorus-master Ants Soots)
Oratorical choir
Estonian Boys’ choir (chorus-master Venno Laul)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Neeme Järvi

ERCD 021, 1997

Gustav Ernesaks and his age

Gustav Ernesaks and his age

Estonian a cappella songs for male choir includes also Alfen, Genetz, Vitols, and Hegar.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Gustav Ernesaks
Complited by Kuno Areng and Olev Oja

Forte FD 0045/2, 1998

Yes I’ll Sing

Yes I’ll Sing

Estonian a cappella songs for male choir includes also F. Schubert
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Jüri Alperten

ERCD 024, 1998

Peeter Vähi. Supreme Silence

Peeter Vähi. Supreme Silence

Irén Lovász (sopran)
Estonian National Male Choir
Arsis English Handbell Ensemble
Conductor Kristjan Järvi

CCn’C Records LC 0963, 1998

Eduard Tubin. Complete Male Choir Songs

Eduard Tubin. Complete Male Choir Songs

Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots

Forte FD 0056/2, 1999

Rene Eespere. Invocatio

Rene Eespere. Invocatio

Rando Piho (baritone), Madis Metsamart (percussions), Hille Poroson (organ)
Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Üleoja
Chamber Choral Music from Estonia, conductor Evi Eespere

GEMA CHR 77233, 2000

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Estonia I

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Estonia I

A choise of works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots


Alba Records NCD 17, 2001

Peeter Vähi. Planet cantata

Peeter Vähi. Planet cantata

Priit Lehto (contratenore), Peeter Vähi (tanpura)
Arsis English Handbell Ensemble, conductor Aivar Mäe
Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots

Polygram/Polymedia Record Company LC 00136, 2002

Jean Sibelius. The Maiden in the Tower

Jean Sibelius. The Maiden in the Tower

Solveig Kringelborn (soprano), Lilli Paasikivi (mezzo-soprano), Lars-Erik Jonsson (tenor), Garry Magee (baritone)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian National Male Choir
Girls’ Choir “Ellerhein”
Conductor Paavo Järvi

EMI Records LTD / Virgin Classics LC 7873, 2002

Cross-section of Estonian Choir Music

Cross-section of Estonian Choir Music

Estonian National Male Choir ect

EKM001-003, 2002

Luigi Cherubini. Requiem

Luigi Cherubini. Requiem

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Estonian National Male Choir (chorus-master Ants Soots)
Conductor Andres Mustonen

Alba ABCD 176, 2003

Jean Sibelius. Kantaadid

Jean Sibelius. Kantaadid

Estonian National Male Choir (chorus-master Ants Soots)
Ellerhein Girls’ Choir (chorus-master Tiia-Ester Loitme)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Paavo Järvi

Virgin Classics LC7873, 2003

Fridrich Bruk. The Sunshine

Fridrich Bruk. The Sunshine

Seven songs for male choir a cappella.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots

FBCD-NBCD 1, 2004

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Estonia II

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Estonia II

A choise of works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots

Alba Records NCD 20, 2004

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Estonia III

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Estonia III

A choise of works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots

Alba Records NCD 23, 2004

Ester Mägi. Tree of Song

Ester Mägi. Tree of Song

A choise of works by Estonian composer Ester Mägi.
Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Ants Soots
The Academic Female Choir of the University of Tartu,
conductor Vaike Uibopuu

Alba Records NCD 25, 2004

Edvard Grieg. Peer Gynt

Edvard Grieg. Peer Gynt

Peter Mattei (baritone), Camilla Tilling (soprano),
Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo-soprano)
Ellerhein Girls’ Choir (chorus master Tiia-Ester Loitme)
Estonian National Male Choir (chorus master Ants Soots)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Dirigent Paavo Järvi

Virgin Classics UK 5457222, 2005

Curse upon Iron

Curse upon Iron

Veljo Tormis / Metsatöll / Estonian National Male Choir

Elwood 041DVD
ZENCD 2112, 2006

Veljo Tormis. Visions Beyond Estonia

Veljo Tormis. Visions Beyond Estonia

A choise of works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots

Alba Records NCD 31, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

A choise of favorite and beloved Christmas Songs.

Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Ants Soots and Ants Üleoja

RAM 2007

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Kalevala

Veljo Tormis. Vision of Kalevala

A choise of works by Veljo Tormis.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Ants Soots

Alba Records NCD 35, 2008

Neeme Järvi 70th Birthday Jubilee

Neeme Järvi 70th Birthday Jubilee

Maarika Järvi (flute), Juhan Tralla (tenore)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Kristjan Järvi

Video Artists International DVD 4443, 2008

Gustav Ernesaks. My Native Land, My Dearest Love

Gustav Ernesaks. My Native Land, My Dearest Love

A choice of works by Gustav Ernesaks.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Kuno Areng, Gustav Ernesaks, Uno Järvela, Eri Klas, Olev Oja,
Ants Soots, Ants Üleoja
RAM, 2008

Gavin Bryars, Toivo Tulev. Silva Caledonia

Gavin Bryars, Toivo Tulev. Silva Caledonia

A choice of works by Gavin Bryars and Toivo Tulev.
Baiba Berke (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Nix (double bass)
Estonian National Male Choir, Pärnu Town Orchestra
Conductor Kaspars Putninš

GB Records, BCGBCD 11, 2008

The Beautiful Land

The Beautiful Land

Cantatas by Rein Rannap.
Rein Rannap, Kosmikud, Priit Volmer, Estonian National Male Choir, Girls’ Choir „Ellerhein“ (conductor Tiia-Ester Loitme)

ERR, 2009

Metsatöll. Äio

Metsatöll. Äio

Metsatöll, Estonian National Male Choir

Spinefarm Records 2010710223, 2010

Morning of Freedom

Morning of Freedom

Songs for mixed and male choir by Konstantin Türnpu
Estonian National Male Choir, The Tallinn Chamber Choir, The Chamber Choir of Tallinn University of Technology, Academic Male Choir of Tallinn University of Technology, Engineers’ Male Choir
Conductors Ants Soots, Ants Üleoja, Peeter Perens, Aivar Leštsinski

KY 002, 2010

Song of Fire

Song of Fire

Songs for male choir by Kuldar Sink, Tarmo Lepik, Anti Marguste.
Estonian National Male Choir
conductor Ants Soots

RAM 0610, 2010

Precious Moments in the Concert Hall

Precious Moments in the Concert Hall

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Girls’ Choir „Ellerhein“
Conductor Eri Klas
Eesti Raadio, ERCD 059, 2010

Rudolf Tobias. Jonah’s Mission (Des Jona Sendung)

Rudolf Tobias. Jonah’s Mission (Des Jona Sendung)

Oratorio in five scenes set to biblical texts.
Pille Lill (soprano), Merle Silmato (mezzo-soprano), Juhan Tralla (tenore), Rauno Elp (bariton), Johann Tilli (basso)
Estonian National Male Choir, Estonian Concertchoir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Boys’ Choir, Voces Musicales
Conductor Neeme Järvi

VAI, DVD 4539, 2011

An Island of My Own

An Island of My Own

A choice of works by the Estonian composers of the 19th and the 20th century.
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductors Ants Üleoja, Andrus Siimon, Ants Soots
Artistic conductor Ants Soots

RAM, 0411, 2011

Galina Grigorjeva

Galina Grigorjeva "In paradisum"

Galina Grigorjeva’s first author CD

Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor Mikk Üleoja
Allar Kaasik (cello)

RAM 0514, 2014

Henrik Ødegaard

Henrik Ødegaard "Te lucis ante terminum"

Includes music by Norwegian composer Henrik Ødegaard.

Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mikk Üleoja
Vox Clamantis, conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve
Madis Metsamart and Vambola Krigul (percussions)

Grappa musikkforlag ACD 5087
Aurora, DDD, 2016