Megaron Chamber Choir was founded in October 2003 on the initiative of Damijan Močnik, composer and conductor, and united former students of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium at St. Stanislav’s Institution in Ljubljana, who had before been active in various choral ensembles and received music education in one or more of the five choirs at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium. As such, Megaron Chamber Choir represents the peak of the choir pyramid of St. Stanislav’s Institution. In the sixteen years since its founding, Megaron Chamber Choir has evolved into a high-quality choir performing regularly in Slovenia as well as in Austria, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, USA and Canada, and thus earning a reputation at home as well as abroad.
The choir is noted for its rich sound and exciting interpretations of music from different stylistic periods. It prides itself on numerous awards received at various national as well as international choral competitions: in 2005, the choir received the golden plaque and the award for the best debut at the “Naša pesem” Choir Competition in Maribor; in April 2010 it again received the golden plaque at that same competition; in July 2010 it won 2nd place in the mixed choirs category and 1st place in folk music category at the International Choral Kathaumixw in Powell River (Canada); in 2012 it again received the golden plaque, the award for the best mixed choir, the award for the best interpretation of a romantic piece, and the award for the absolute winner of the “Naša pesem” Choir Competition in Maribor; in 2015 it won 2nd place at the Montreaux Choral Festival and an award for the best interpretation of a novelty for Damijan Močnik’s Libera me; in 2016 it won 1st place in the mixed choirs category and orthodox music category at the International Wrocław Choir Festival “Vratislavia Sacra”, and took the Grand Prix of the festival; in 2017 it took part in the International Choral Competition “Gallus” in Maribor and the International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf, winning the award for the best interpretation of a renaissance piece at both; in 2018 it won 1st place in the mixed choirs category at the International Warsaw Choir Festival “Varsovia Cantat”.
Megaron Chamber Choir regularly works with renowned orchestras (the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra), and conductors (David de Villiers, Jacek M. Blasczyk, Martina Batič, En Shao, Valery Gergiev, Uroš Lajovic, Jonathan Nott, Ari Rasilainen, Andreas Spering, Hansjörg Albrecht) on vocal-instrumental projects such as W. A. Mozart: Krönungsmesse, B. Britten: The World of The Spirit, G. Faure: Requiem, F. Poulenc: Stabat Mater, D. Močnik: Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem, G. Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”), J. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, G. Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection Symphony”), S. von Hausegger: Natursymphonie, L. van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9.
In February 2012, the choir carried out a project with the renowned Swedish conductor Robert Sund and performed two well-received concerts with him. On the occasion of its 10th anniversary in the autumn of 2013, the choir went on a ten-day concert tour across Canada and the United States, led by Damijan Močnik and guest conductor Martina Batič. In the autumn of 2016, the choir carried out a week-long concert tour in Sweden, performing concerts in Malmö, Helsingborg, and Stockholm.
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