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.

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  • Locations
    • Rakvere
    • Kullamaa
    • Viljandi
    • Karksi-Nuia
    • Lithuania
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    • St Petersburg
    • Paide
    • Jõgeva
    • Haapsalu
    • Jõhvi
    • Pärnu
    • Tallinn
    • Kuressaare
    • Tartu
  • Venue
    • Väike-Maarja Clubhouse
    • Viljandi Traditional Music Centre
    • Tallinn Swedish St. Michael's Church
    • Maarjamäe Castle
    • Tallinn Town Hall
    • Great Guild Hall
    • Vaba Lava
    • Outdoor stage of Haapsalu Kuursaal
    • Alexela Concert Hall
    • Tartu St Paul ́s Church
    • Estonian Mining Museum
    • Kaarli Church
    • Nissi Church
    • Kullamaa Church
    • Käsmu Church
    • Jõgeva Cultural Centre
    • Karksi- Nuia Orthodox Church
    • Karksi Peetri Church
    • Tallinn Dome Church
    • Meresuu Spa
    • Toila Park Café
    • Mäetaguse Manor
    • Toila Harbour
    • Purtse Castle
    • Mio Mare restaurant at the Toila Spa hotel
    • Kohtla-Nõmme Mining Museum
    • Saka Manor
    • Kukruse Polar Manor
    • Noorus Spa Hotel
    • Mihkli Church of Jõhvi
    • Sillamäe Culture Centre
    • Valgevilla courtyard in Toila
    • Kohtla-Järve Culture Centre
    • Narva Museum
    • Saka Community Centre
    • Iisaku Church
    • Russian Theatre in Estonia
    • Haapsalu Cultural Centre
    • Haapsalu Bishop’s Castle
    • Läänemaa Gymnasium
    • Uuemõisa Manor
    • Haapsalu Resort Hall
    • Haapsalu Dome Church
    • Paide Music and Theatre House
    • Tartu Raadi airplane hangar
    • Kullamaa Culture House
    • Viljandi Song Square
    • Karksi County Leisure Centre
    • Kanuti Gildi SAAL
    • Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall
    • Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall
    • Klaipeda Concert Hall
    • Kuressaare castle
    • Assembly Hall of Estonian Academy of Sciences
    • House of the Blackheads
    • KUMU auditoorium
    • Kumu Auditorium
    • Kullamaa Cultural house
    • Endla Teatri Jazzklubi
    • Endla Theatre Jazzclub
    • Tallinn Creative Hub
    • Karula Maarja Church
    • Gate Tower
    • Tartu St. Paul’s church
    • Tallinn St. John’s church
    • Kadriorg Palace
    • Nordea Concert Hall
    • Tubin Hall of the Heino Eller Tartu Music School
    • Methodist Church
    • St. John’s Church, Tallinn
    • Valga Culture and Hobby Centre
    • Võru Culture Centre “Kannel”
    • St. John’s Church, Tartu
    • Narva Castle
    • Niguliste Church
    • Studio 1 of Eesti Raadio
    • The guesthouse of Gustav Ernesaks
    • Estonia Concert Hall
    • Vanemuise Concert Hall
    • Pärnu Concert Hall
    • Concert Hall "Jaani Kirik"
    • Jõhvi Concert Hall
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    Events found: 5
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    W 27. 03

    Pärt Uusberg. „Taevalikud sõnumid“ (Heavenly Messages)

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    Pärt Uusberg. „Taevalikud sõnumid“ (Heavenly Messages)

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    T 28. 03

    Pärt Uusberg. „Taevalikud sõnumid“ (Heavenly Messages)

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    F 29. 03

    Pärt Uusberg. „Taevalikud sõnumid“ (Heavenly Messages)

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    Pärt Uusberg. „Taevalikud sõnumid“ (Heavenly Messages)

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    W 15. 05

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    Programme presents the conductors and vocal soloists of Estonian National Male Choir

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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