Mixed Choir of Partium Christian University

Oradea, Romania

Gábor Kovács conductor


Title Composer
Exsultate Deo (Sing We Merrily Unto God) Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Salve Regina (Hail, Queen) Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Aliluja Zapro Zaprov (b. 1947)
Régi táncdal (Ancient Dance Song) Lajos Bárdos (1899-1986)
Miserere Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Exsultate Deo Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)


The Mixed Choir of Partium Christian University started its activity in 1996, when the Faculty of Church Music and Music Perdagogy was founded. The first leader of the choir was János Kristófi. From 1998 the artistic director became Sándor Berkesi. Under his direction the choir gained respectful prizes and gave successful concerts home and abroad. In 2016 the direction was taken over by Gábor Kovács. The choir had concerts in North-America, Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia. In 2000 and 2003 they won Special Prize at 19th Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Debrecen, and in 2003 they won First Prize and Grand Prize of 3rd. Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir Competition in Budapest.

Dr. Gábor Kovács graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as choir conductor in 1990. He supplemented his studies in London at the Guildhall School of Music and obtained a PhD at Queen’s University in Belfast (Northern Ireland). He is an associate professor at Szeged University and teaches Choral Conducting and History of Music in the Department of Music Education. Besides his activity in Szeged, from 2015 he is teaching at Partium Christian University in Oradea (Romania) and leads the Partium Mixed Choir.

Oradea combines a good location and climate with romantic baroque architecture from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, with a lovely jumble of Romanian and Hungarian cultures. Fans of art nouveau and Viennese and Hungarian Secession architecture dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will want to make a special stop in Oradea.