Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Győri Leánykar

Orchestra, choir, ensemble


Since 1958, when the young conductor-teacher Miklós Szabó set up his choir from the students of the Conservatory in Győr, the choir methodically sang the whole repertoire every year. Szabó set up a transparent, vocal style that to some extent resembles the English boy sopranos, with which the music of various periods can be sung. Naturally, the choir presents the entire Hungarian choral material for children and female choirs (works by Bartók, Kodály, Lajtha, Bárdos and other contemporary composers). And they also sing some masterpieces of the renaissance choral polyphony written for high voices, such as Monteverdi’Sacrae Cantiunculae, Magnificat cum quatuor vocibus paribus by Palestrina and his Missa mantovana sine nomine, and also works by Lassus, and Dufay. On the other hand, Szabó also appropriately employs his female choir in instrumental works, ranging from the Salzburg church music by Michael Haydn to Schubert, Liszt, 20th century French and other female chorals, to Stravinsky’s Cantata. Ten records were released by the Hungaroton, where Mr.Szabó conducted his own choir, or participated in other productions, and three of these were awarded international grand prix. Twenty-seven chorals by Bartók, written in 1935, partly for children’s choirs and partly for female a capella choirs, have been on the regular repertoire of the Győr Girls Choir, interpreted by Miklós Szabó for the past 15 years.

In 1996 the orchester and Miklós Szabó founder of the choir were awarded with Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize.