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The mixed singer choir of the Technical University of Košice was founded in 1983. The first conductor of the choir was Roman Skřepek. In 1985-1987 the choir was conducted by Marián Vach and in 1988-1989 the choir conductor was Ján Drietomský. An important period in the history of the choir lasting from 1989 to 1996 was connected with the conductor Eva Zacharová, this period included intensive cooperation with two conductors - Marián Vach and Lubomír Mátl. In 1996-2009 the choir was conducted by Karol Petróczi. At present the conductor of the choir is Tatiana Švajková-Kanišáková. 

Collegium Technicum belongs to the top representatives of choral singing in Slovakia. It has been awarded numerous prizes at festivals and competitions in Slovakia and abroad. The choir has been a triple laureate of the International Competition of Academic Choirs IFAS in Pardubice (1986, 1990, 1992) and a fivefold winner of the festival of academic choirs Academic Banská Bystrica (1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001), in 1987 it was awarded the 3rd Prize in Spittal an der Drau (Austria), in 1989 the choir became an absolute winner of the Prague Days of Choral Singing, in 1997 at the XV Teeside International Eisteddfod in Middlesbrough (England) the choir was awarded two 1st prizes in the category of chamber choirs and folklore and 2nd prize in the category of large mixed choirs. In 2000 the choir was awarded the Gold Medal and the Prize for Dramaturgy at the X International Festival of Sacred and Advent Music in Prague, in 2002 the choir became an absolute winner of the festival Spring is Coming in Český Krumlov where it was awarded the Prize of Zdeněk Lukáš received from hands of Zdeněk Lukáš. In August 2006 the choir was awarded 1st Prize at the II. International Competition The Singing World (Pojuščij mir) in St. Petersburg. In 2003 at its 20th anniversary the choir was awarded the Prize of City Košice.

The choir has given 180 concerts and festival performances abroad in 20 states of Europe, Israel, South America, USA and Mexico. In 2007 during the concert tour in the United States of Mexico an audience of 30,000 people attended 16 concerts given there. The choir, as the first one from Slovakia, sang in the famous Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City with 9100 concert hall listeners. Collegium Technicum has worked together with 44 professional conductors, 31 of them from abroad, namely Peter Phiplips (GB), Oliver Dohnányi, Ondrej Lénard, Petr Altrichter,  Tomáš Koutník,  Peter Breiner, Irina Bogdanovich (RF), Gergely Ménesy (H). The choir has given concerts with renowned soloists, namely Miroslav Dvorský, Ľubica Rybárska, Martin Babjak, Peter Mikuláš, Iveta Matyašová, Michal Lehotský, Jiří Sulženko(CZ), Eva Dřízgová(CZ), Rafal Bartminski (PL) and others.
The choir cooperated with university choirs in Split, Madrid, Budapest, Moscow, Oslo, León, Warwick, Prague, Bratislava, Ostrava, Cracow, Bologna, Lisbon, Wisconsin, Warsaw, Ljubljana and Riga. Since the season 1986/87 the choir has worked together regularly with the State Philharmony of Košice, which resulted in 19 oratorio works. The has also worked together with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the State Theatre in Košice, the orchestra of the State Opera in Banská Bystrica and several university and festival orchestras in Slovakia and abroad.

In 1997 the choir recorded an author CD of Ivan Hrušovský Cantate Domino, in 2003 it recorded an author CD of Zdeněk Lukáš Te Deum laudamus and in 2007 it recorded CD Collegium Technicum in Opera. In 1993-2001 Collegium Technicum organized the International Festival UNIVERSITAS CANTAT, at which the choir together with foreign university choirs performed oratorio works (A. Dvořák: Stabat Mater, G. Rossini: Petite messe solennelle, W.A. Mozart: Requiem, Messe c-mol) in churches and cathedrals in Košice, Bratislava, Wien, Bern, and Zürich. The last university projects were - the performance of A. Dvořák: Stabat Mater (2010) with the Chor Akademicki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego conducted by the Russian conductor Irina Bogdanovich, the first performance of Shubert‘s Messe As Dur  in Košice conducted by Zbyněk Müller and performed with an excellent choir APZ Tone Tomšič from the University of Ljublana in 2010, in 2011 the choir together with the university choir RIGA from Riga Stradins University performed for the first time in Košice the Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile by Charles  Gounod conducted by the Czech conductor Stanislav Vavřínek.


Current choir conductor is Tatiana Švajková-Kanišáková
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
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