Cantus ansambl
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.


24.01.2023 NEW NOTE – 12th international composition competition Croatia 2023 and Petrit Čeku – organized by the Samobor Festiva

The Samobor Festival has announced the invitation to the 12th international composition competition NEW NOTE – Croatia 2023.  

A conversation with the composer: Boris Jakopović

The second concert entitled SOLO-TUTTI in the Cantus Ensemble cycle is scheduled to take place at the Small Hall of the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Venue on Saturday, 17 December 2022, starting at 8 PM Alongside performing numerous compositions, Cantus Ensemble will perform Boris Jakopo...

A conversation with the composer: Danijel Legin

Tea Kulaš, a soloist, is to debut a brand new piece for the organ solo at the forthcoming Cantus Ensemble concert on 17 December 2022. It was composed by the youngest author in the program, Danijel Legin, a composer, pedagogue, also the winner of the Stjepan Šulek award,...

Cantus Ensemble again in Lisinski on 17 December

The second Cantus Ensemble concert, SOLO-TUTTI, is to take place on Saturday, 17 December 2022, in the Small Hall of Vatroslav Lisinski, starting at 8 PM. Conducted by Berislav Šipuš, Cantus Ensemble will deliver three compositions of Croatian authors, of which two are to...

Cantus Ensemble to kick off the new season with a concert at the Vatroslav Lisinski Small Hall on 14 November 2022

Cantus Ensemble is set to perform on Monday at 8 PM with their first concert in the new Zagreb season of 2022.  After the guest performance in Slatina where it opened the Milko Kelemen Days festival, this longest-running Croatian ensemble for contemporary music is to return to ...

Cantus Ensemble announces new concert season; the first one to take place on 14 November!

As part of the Croatian Composers’ Society, Cantus Ensemble is the only Croatian contemporary music ensemble with continuity of over 20 years. Now, they have officially announced the new season during which they will perform five concerts, but host several guest appearances. &nbs...

Cantus Ansambl to open the 6th Days of Milko Kelemen in Slatina with a special concert

The Cantus Ensemble, conducted by the art director Berislav Šipuš, is to open the Days of Milko Kelemen at the Slatina Public University on the 6th of October 2022. It is a program that connects and contrasts the music of this master and new music hopes. The concert is set ...

The competition for participation in the Festival of New Sound is open

The UPSUS association in cooperation with the S-UMAS and Cantus Junior HDS ensembles invites composers up to the age of 35 to submit their compositions to the first Festival of New Sound, which will be held in Sinj in 2023.    

Cantus Ensambl is visiting Omišlj on Krk on July 20

This summer, in the third decade of the Cantus Ensemble's work and its continuous dedication to contemporary sound, the Ensemble brings New Music to an old location. More precisely, to the archaeological site of Fulfinum Mirine near Omišalj on the island of Krk on July 20, 202...

After the end of the season in Zagreb, the Cantus Ensemble announced a concert in Ljubljana on May 16

Even after the end of its concert season in Zagreb, Cantus Ensemble continues with performances: As part of the collaboration with the Slovenian brass quintet Slowind, on May 16 they will be guests in Ljubljana, at the festival Slowindova pomlad (Slowind's Spring).
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Concert cycle Cantus Ansambl is supported by City of Zagreb and international activities by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.