Choir profile

The mixed choir TIRNAVIA was founded in 1988 by Gabriel Kalapoš. It was conducted by Andrej Rapant from 2003 to 2011, by Zuzana Holičková from 2012 to 2013 and the current conductor is Michal Stahl.

In 2018, the choir celebrates the 30th anniversary of its foundation.

The choir Tirnavia confirms the rich tradition of choral singing in Trnava by its origins and existence.

The members of the choir are mainly young people of various professions, but also students of colleges and universities,
all of them singers with rich choir experience (Cantica nova, vocal group Kruhy, Bratislava Conservatory Chamber Choir, Technik, Chorus Alea, Musica Vocalis among others).

The repertoire of the choir includes compositions from the Baroque period, Renaissance, Romanticism, 20th century music, folk songs, adaptations of various popular songs, Negro spirituals, Christmas carols and others.

During its existence, Tirnavia has recorded four CDs, collaborated with several leading Slovak and foreign conductors (L. Svárovský, O. Rózsa, A. Popovič, B. Kostka, M. Lejava, R. Štúr, P. Tužinský) and orchestras (The Slovak National Theatre Opera Chamber Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Žilina Chamber Orchestra, Trnava Chamber Orchestra, etc.).

The choir participates in domestic and foreign choir competitions (Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Wales etc.).

2001 - Grand Prix Slovakia Competition, Trenčianske Teplice, two 3rd places;

2002 - Competition in Tours, France, Llangollen Competition, Wales - 3rd place.

2003 - Choral Festival Montreux 2003 - International Choir Competition;

2004 - IFAS 2004 competition in Pardubice, Czech Republic - 2nd place in the gold zone in the mixed choirs category and 1st place in the gold zone in the folklore category;

2005 - Concert tour - Gliwice, Poland;

2006 – Miltenberg Competition in Germany - 2nd place in the category of classical music and 3rd place in the folklore, jazz and spiritual category; Neuchatel Competition, Switzerland;

2007 - Competitions in Spain - Cantonigros, Torrevieja;

2008 - Spittal Competition, Austria;

The choir regularly participates in various concerts at home and abroad at which it presents both sacred and secular vocal-instrumental compositions by both domestic and world composers.

In 2012, the choir introduced the composition by Franz Liszt - Via Crucis during the Trnava Musical Spring; in Trenčianske Teplice and Bratislava it performed Missa Tirnaviensis, a mass by Stanislav Šurin, in cooperation with the Slovak Philharmonic. The choir also took part in the awarding ceremony of Tatrabanka Foundation prizes in cooperation with Braňo Kostka.

In 2013 in St Martin’s Cathedral, the choir performed two compositions by the Slovak composer Pavol Krška: Te Deum - as a graduate concert of the conductor Zuzana Holičková and on the occasion of celebrating the 1 150th anniversary of the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia, the world premiere of the Cyril and Methodius Oratorio.

In 2015 the choir performed two concerts with the so-called “Old music” selection, with the emphasis on the mass for 8 voices by the Spanish author from the era of culminating Renaissance, Thomas Luis de Victoria "Missa Alma Redemptoris" (Trnava, Bratislava).

In 2016, the choir performed at the final concert of the Trnava Musical Spring together with the American organist David di Fiore and the Slovak organist Zuzana Záhradníkova, which featured the compositions by Ján Levoslav Bella "Requiem c mol" and Louis Vierne "Solemn mass"; it recorded a public record of the programme “Rádio Devín na cestách” (Radio Devín on road) for Radio Devín. In October it performed at the opening concert of the Orfeus Festival at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava where it premiered the works of young Slovak composers, and in November the choir performed at a concert dedicated to the memory of the Slovak composer Zdenko Mikula.

In 2017, the choir, together with the Trnava Chamber Orchestra and soloists, performed the compositions by the Trnava composer M. Schneider-Trnavský at the opening concert of the restored M. Schneider-Trnavský International Vocal Competition conducted by the conductor Marián Lejava. 

In June this year, the choir is again going to perform at the final concert of the Trnava Musical Spring presenting the works of Zoltán Kodály "Missa Brevis" and M. Schneider - Trnavský "Missa in Honorem Ssmi Cordis Jesu" under the baton of the Hungarian conductor Tamás Bubnó.