Hungary: Béla Bartók Male Choir The Béla Bartók Male Choir will represent Hungary at Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. The Béla Bartók Male Choir was founded in 1945, in Pécs, Hungary. Prof. Dr Lakner Tamás has been conducting the ensemble since 1980. Through the past decades, the choir has achieved remarkable success at numerous national and international choir competitions and festivals. The choir has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world including as Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Musikvereinssaal (Vienna), Grand Hall (Minneapolis), Palau de la Música (Barcelona) and the Royal Festival Hall (London). They have also performed in Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. In their home-town, Pécs, they regularly co-operate with Pannon Philharmonic for different oratorio-projects. Over the years the choir has won 42 prizes in the most prestigious competitions, such as in Arezzo, Debrecen, Tours, Vienna, Rome, Gorizia, Cornwall, Fivizzano, and Budapest. More recently they finished first at the 12th Beijing International Choir Competition. The choir have also produced several recordings, of which their 2011 release, of choral compositions by Ferenc Erkel, was selected as one of the top 10 choral recording by the IMCA. For more information visit the choir’s Facebook page. About Prof. Dr Lakner Tamás Prof. Dr Lakner Tamás studied conducting at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. He is currently Professor of Choral Conducting at the Pécs University of Sciences. Over the years he has won 52 prizes at various international competitions with his choirs the Béla Bartók Male Choir, the Pannonton University Choir and the Bach Vocal Ensemble. Prof. Dr Lakner Tamás has also been decorated with the Bartók Memorial Plaque and the Liszt Award, the highest recognitions for choral musicians in Hungary.