Cantus Ensemble
During almost twenty years contemporary music in Croatia lives through the activities of the Cantus Ensemble, which is Croatia’s finest ensemble that specializes in contemporary classical music. It was founded in 2001 in order to explore, discover and present new and hitherto unexplored spheres of New Music. 
The Ensemble has become an important and indispensable figure at the Croatian music scene, and from 2006 it has hosted its own concert cycle. In 2008, it became the official ensemble of the World Music Days of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) held in Vilnius, after which their international performances have increased significantly. 
Approximately 130 first performances, over 500 performed pieces and more than 50 international performances (in most of European countries as well as in Mexico, Canada and China), together with collaborations with numerous prominent soloists and conductors attest to the importance of the Cantus Ensemble on national and international scene. They collaborate with a number of eminent contemporary music ensembles, and have also participated in international projects supported by the Culture Council of the EU such as Re: New Music and New Music: New Audiences.
One of the major components of this Ensemble’s activities are their guest performances at the leading festivals of contemporary music. In 2016 they selected for their triple CD live recordings of their performances throughout Croatia and abroad, thus emphasizing the importance of the moment in the process of creating a contemporary music piece.


Samobor Music Festival and Cantus Ensemble

Eight years ago, the Samobor Music Autumn Festival, along with the Ferdo Livadić International Competition of Young Musicians, started the New Note International Composers Competition. The 2019 competition was called with the Cantus Ensemble in mind as they will be the ones to first...

Cantus Ensemble at the festival La Biennale di Venezia performs Matteo Franceschini

The musical segment of the program of the Biennale di Venezia, one of the most important and most prestigious modern festivals, will be held from 27 September to 6 October 2019. Cantus Ensemble together with the Icarus Ensemble from Italy will perform Matteo Franceschini’s work a...

Concerts for 2019/20 Season of Cantus@Lauba Cycle Announced

After a brilliant previous season, the Cantus Ensemble announced a new concert cycle for the 2019/2020 season to be held at the Lauba in Zagreb, which will include five concerts performed from September 2019 until June 2020.   From the September 2019 until the June 2020, E...

Olja Jelaska’s remarks on her chamber opera "Searching for the Blue Bird"

The chamber opera in eight images Searching for the Blue Bird by Olja Jelaska, to the libretto by Sanja Ivić, was produced and commissioned by the national festival 44th Osor Musical Evenings 2019 and was also first performed at this festival. The Cantus Ensemble, as the heart of the en...

Music Biennale Zagreb Nominated for the Prestigious EFFE Award!

The European Festivals Association (EFA) and the International EFFE jury led by Sir Jonathan Mills announced the 24 laureates competing for the 2019-2020 EFFE Award and the 30th edition of the Music Biennale Zagreb is among them!   The award winners will be announced on 26 Septe...

Croatian composers competing for representation at the ISCM World Music Days in 2020!

The internal committee of the ISCM Croatian section selected six composers in the preselection for the WNMD 2020 which will be held in New Zeland.  Among them is also Berislav Šipuš, artistic director and conductor of the Cantus Ensemble! Congratulations!

International Music Festival Milko Kelemen

Cantus Ensemble and guests on the 10th of October will open the 25th International Music Festival Milko Kelemen. Ensemble will perform Kelemen's Concertino for cello and strings, with Tonka Javorović as a soloist. More about the festival and program on the link.   &nbs...
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Concert cycle Cantus@Lauba is supported by City of Zagreb and international activities by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.