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 has been conducting the choir since 1962.



  •  Born in 1934 in Budapest. He began his musical studies at the National Music Institute of Budapest: he studied piano with Edit Czöllner, and Lőrinc Kesztler. Later he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music. He studied organ with Kálmán Halász and Ferenc Gergely, and studied composition with Rezső Sugár. He performed sacred music with Artúr Harmat and Sebestyén Pécs. In 1954, he became the conductor of the choir at the Heart of Jesus Church in Pest.
  • Since 1962, he is the conductor at St. Stephan's Basilica in Budapest. He taught and conducted a number of oratory works and took a major role in presenting, and performing 20th century sacred music. Since 1984, he has regularly performed with the Basilica Choir in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Taransylvania.
  • In 1995, he was a member of the jury of the "Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina" Choir competition in Rome.
  • In 2006, he was awarded the Ferenc Kölcsy Prize on the Day of Hungarian Culture. On April 25, 2009, on the ocasion of the 100 th anniversary of the founding of the choir at St Stephen' s Basilica, Cardinal Péter Erdő awarded him teh St. Adalbert Prize for his outstanding career in Hungarian sacred music, Including the 47 years at the Basilica.
  • On September 23, 2012 he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit.


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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