The first Latvian male choir association “Dziedonis” is founded on January 23, 1924, but the Riga male choir “Dziedonis” starts the choir’s performance on April 27, 1924, when 23 singers performed Alfreds Kalniņš’s “Who Are These Men of Power” under the guidance of conductor Jānis Sieriņš .

During the Second World War, the choral activity was disrupted. Thanks to Harald Mednis and long-standing singers in 1947, attempts were made for the first rehearsal after the war.

From 1950 to 1953 choir “Dziedonis” was united with the LU Men’s Choir, but in 1953, the  choir was divided into two parts, creating a male choir “Dziedonis” and choir “Tēvzeme”.

In September 1955, a new conductor named Imants Kokars started his creative co-operation with male choir “Dziedonis”. 35 years in the history of the choir is together with Imants Kokars, with the artistic growth of the choir and brilliant achievements, victories in choir wars in Latvia and international competitions.

From 1991 to 1992 Roberts Liepiņš and Vilmārs Vasulis took over the artistic work of the choir.

From 1993-2003. For this period, two more artistic directors Juris Vaivods and Tālis Veismanis is working with the choir.

In 2004, Roberts Liepiņš reterns and is active chief conductor until 2015, returns.

In 2015, Uldis Kokars becomes the artistic director and with his creative ability he raises the male choir “Dziedonis” to new heights.

CV of the male choir “Dziedonis”

1924

Establishes the first Latvian male choir association Dziedonis

1926

First participation in the Latvian Song Festival

1944

20-year commemorative concert with participation of Liepāja and Jelgava choirs “Dziedonis”

1947

First rehearsal after World War II

1948

Victory in 10th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1950

Victory in the 11th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1951

Begins to work as a member of the LU Men’s Choir

1953

Becomes the male choir of the Central Club of Polygraphs

1960

Victory of the 13th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1960

Awarded the honorary title of the People’s Choir

1965

Victory of the 14th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1967

Awarded the honorary title of the Latvian SSR Meritorious Choir

1970

Victory in 15th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1973

Victory of the 16th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1977

Victory of the 17th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1977

Triple Victory at the International Choir Competition in Gorizia (Italy)

1980

Victory of the 18th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1984

60th Anniversary Concert at P. Stučka LU Hall

1985

Victory of 19th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1990

Victory in Choir Competition in Linz, Austria

1990

Victory of 20th Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

1991

Victory in Choir Competition in Arnheim, Holland

1992

Victory in Choir Competition in Klaipeda, Lithuania

1995

Becomes the male choir of the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Latvia.

2014

90th Anniversary Concert at the University of Latvia

2018

Victory in 26th  Latvian Song Festival – Choir Wars

Artistic directors

1924–1929 Jānis Sieriņš

1930–1935 Leonīds Vīgners

1937–1939 Sergejs Duks

1940–1952 Haralds Mednis

1953–1954 Edgars Tons

1955–1990 Imants Kokars

1991–1992 Vilmārs Vasulis, Roberts Liepiņš

1993–1998 Juris Vaivods

1999–2003 Tālis Veismanis

2004–2015 Roberts Liepiņš

2015 – Currently Uldis Kokars