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.


The beginning of the new season of the Cantus Ensemble concert series

Monday, 11 October marks the beginning of the new season of the Cantus Ensemble concert series. Over the last 15 years, the Ensemble has presented contemporary music and the mastery of interpretation practices to the Zagreb audience.        

Youngest member of the ensemble plays the oldest piece in the 20 for 20 birthday project

Oboist Iva Ledenko presents her interpretation of the piece Dance by Božidar Kunc on Friday, August 6 at 8 pm on the YouTube channel of Croatian Composers' Society!

20 for 20 premiere No. 7 - music by MarkoRuždjak interpreted by Jasen Chelfi

Violoncellist Jasen Chelfi, one of the original members of the ensemble, performs Nighttime Converse by Marko Ruždjak. Monday, July 12, 8 pm, Croatian Composers' Society YouTube channel!

CA 20 za 20 #4 - flutist Ana Batinica presents a piece by Sanda Majurec

Ana brings her interpretation of Sanda Majurec's piece "Un soffio, un sospiro", and you can view it on June 2 at  8 pm, on the Croatian Composers' Society's YouTube channel.

CA 20 za 20: #3 - Danijel Martinović performs Two Reminiscences by Antun Tomislav Šaban

The next premiere in the Cantus Ensemble's 20 for 20 cycle is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 8pm! Clarinetist Danijel Martinović will perform Two Reminiscences by Antun Tomislav Šaban. You can follow his performance on the Croatian Composers' Society's YouTube chan...

Second premiere in Cantus Ensemble's celebratory cycle '20 for 20'

Cantus Ensemble's project '20 for 20' continues: harpist Mirjana Krišković, who has been a membar of the ensemble for the last 13 years, performs Melancholy Variations by Tomislav Uhlik. Follow the premiere on Wednesday, May 5, at 8 pm! 

20 for 20 – members of the Cantus Ensemble present themselves as soloists for the ensemble’s 20th birthday

Commemorating the great 20 years of Cantus’ creative and exciting journey, we will have the opportunity to enjoy 20 pieces by Croatian composers in 20 outstanding solo performances by members of the Cantus Ensemble. First in line is violinist Martin Draušnik, who will perfor...

Cantus Ensemble Gala Concert at 31st Music Biennale Zagreb

The gala anniversary concert will be led by the ensemble’s director Ivan Josip Skender, and the soloists will be its long-time members – percussionist Marko Mihajlović and clarinetist Danijel Martinović. In addition to compositions by Dubravko Detoni, Antun Tomislav &Scaron...

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The Cantus Ensemble part of the cultural program of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU

During its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Croatia will be presented through a cultural program created by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.    The aim of cultural programs is to contextualize the Croatian cultur...
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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.