The Basilica’s choir

The Choir of St. Stephen's Basilica was founded in 1909 by choir conductor Jenő Stojanovics, who held this poition until 1913.

Past Conductors:

Dezső Demény (1913-1938)

Artur Harmat (1938-1959)

Hydas Frigyes (1959-1962)

László Fehér (1962-2021)


Dávid Farkasházi, CHOIR CONDUCTOR


András Gábor Virágh has been the titular organist at St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest since May 2010. Since September 2013, he has been a student of the DLA program at the Academy of Music and a lecturer at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.

His first teachers were Endre Virágh, Andrs Virágh (organ) and István Koloss (composition). From 1998 to 2010, he was organist and tutor at the downtown parish Church of the Assumption in Budapest. In 1999, he was admitted to the Bartók Béla Secondary Music School in Budapest, where his organ teacher was Zsuzsa Elekes, his composition teacher was István Fekete Győr. In the 2003-2004 school year, he was a student at the Vienna Academy of Music with Peter Planyavsky, the then organist at Stephansdom in Vienna.

From 2004 to 2009, he was an organ student at the Conservatory of the University of Debrecen. His teachers were Dr. Dezső Karasszon, Dr. Szilárd Kovács and Dr. Hedvig Jakab. Between 2005 and 2009 he was teh tutor and organist of the Cantus collegge, led by Sándor Berkesi. He received his diploma as an organist and teacher with honors. In 2013. he graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest with a degree in composition.

In addition to Hungary, he has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Szerbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the Unitet States. His works have been performed at numerous concerts and festivals, both in Hungary and abroad. Since 2014, András Gábor Virágh's compositions have been published by Ostinato Musikverlag (Germany), Norsk Musikforlag (Norway) and EMB (Editio Musica, Budapest).

Master classes:

Ewald Kooiman (Amsterdam), Zsigmond Szathmáry (Freiburg), Antal Váradi (Stuttgart) - organ

József Ács (Eschweiler), Zsolt Gárdonyi (Würzburg), Miklós Maros (Stockholm), Nigel Osborne (Edinburgh) - composition


  • 2015 -BENEDEK ISTVÁNFFY Composer Award
  • 2013

         Composer Award of the Hungarian Academy of Arts

         Composer Award AURORA MUSIS AMICA

  • 2012 - 1st prize, International Composer Competition, Mürzzuschlag (Austria),
  • 2011


         2nd prize, Composer Competition of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, special prize of the Hungarian Music Society

  • 2010

        "Fischer Annie" Performing Arts Scholarship


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