Introduction

We proudly present you the most popular vocal ensemble of Hungary, the Saint Ephraim Male Choir, a versatile, highly professional chamber choir from culturally vibrant Budapest.

Nowadays, a cappella music is enjoying a renaissance the world over, especially in the world of popular music. The group’s profile, character as well as its mission confirms this tendency in a unique way. Where does it say that classical music can’t be popular? Or that popular music can’t wield classical values?

The choir, when it was founded in 2002 specialized in Greek, Russian and Hungarian Byzantine music. Today, it is the most acclaimed vocal group in the country, renowned for quality performances. The exceptional abilities of its members enables the choir to choose from a wide selection of repertoire, indeed. Whether it’s church music that you’re after, a powerful performance of contemporary music, enjoying  short outtakes from Italian films accompanied by renditions of Italian bar music from the 1500’s until nowadays, or you just can’t resist an insightful staging of the works of Hungarian composer-giants, Liszt and Bartok, needless to say, you shall always be in for a treat with the Saint Ephraim Male Choir.

The choir’s last two CDs, Orientale Lumen II and especially Bartok and Folk received plaudits from critics both nationally and internationally (for details go to ‘Discography’). The annual series of Byzantine music concerts, entitled Orientale Lumen, held at the great St. Steven’s Basilica in Budapest, have been sold out for the past three consecutive years. Many internationally renowned musicians performed together with the ensemble, the likes of Abeer Nehme, The King’s Singers, Yevgeny Nyesterenko, to name just a few (for a detailed list go to ‘Our Friends’).