Cantus Ensemble, Berislav Šipuš and Lars Mlekusch -conductors

Cantus Ensemble was formed in 2001 as festival ensemble for the Music Biennale Zagreb, but it continued to work relentlessly on its quality, programming best of the best and newest of the newest. So today the Cantus Ensemble is distinguished and especially praised part on the Croatian cultural scene. More than 400 performed works, 90 of which were first performances, around 60 guest performances all around the world (Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Swiss, China, Canada, Mexico and Turkey), numerous guest soloists and conductors, and the usual practise of numerous composers' dedications, witness the position of this ensemble in the national and international context. Since the concert season 2006/2007, the ensemble has its own concert cycle in Zagreb. Among the ensemble's performances abroad, their concerts in Sweden, in autumn of 2006 (international project Musical Links), should certainly be highlighted, as well as the grand «journey around the world» in 2008 that took them to Beijing (Beijing Modern Music Festival) and Toronto (Glenn Gould Studio), where they presented extraordinary ten scores of Croatian composers of the 20th and 21st century. In the concert season 2009/2010 the ensemble had a very successful guest performance at the festival BEMUS in Belgrade and for the first time performed in UK, at the Sounds New Music Festival in Canterbury. In the season 2010/2011, they gave a concert as a part of the Dôme des Invalides cycle in Paris, in Tonhalle Düsseldorf, at the festival Ensemblia in Mönchengladbach and in Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern. In spring 2012, Cantus Ensemble performed at the NCPA May Music Festival in the new Beijing Opera House and in October 2012 at Musikprotokoll in Graz. In 2014 ensemble appeared at the Culturescapes Festival in Basel and at the Days of Kohoj Festival in Slovenia, and as well in Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Kitchener). Cantus Ensemble was appointed official ISCM's ensemble for the year 2008 and was presented at the ISCM's World Music Days in October 2008, hosted by the Gaida Festival in Vilnius. 


  • Jul 12 2018

    Cantus Ensemble, Berislav Šipuš and Lars Mlekusch -conductors

    ensemble performance

    Cantus Ensemble, Berislav Šipuš, conductor
    Nina Šenk (1982): Schnitt for alto saxophone and ensemble - soloist  *Jan Gričar, alto saxophone (premiere performance)
    Davorin Kempf (1947): In Modo Classico for saxophone quartet and ensemble - soloist * Ardemus Quartet
    Frano Đurović (1971): Check Ignition And May The God's Love Be With You, concertino for baritone saxophone and ensemble - soloist * Tomislav Žužak (premiere performance)
    Alex Nante (1992): Sol Negro - soloist Evgeny Novikov
    Gérard Pesson (1958): Blanc mérité for saxophone and ensemble - soloist  *Clément Himbert
    Cantus Ensemble, Lars Mlekusch, conductor
    Jean-Denis Michat (1971): Reverie - soloist Asia Fateyeva (premiere performance)
    Olli Virtaperko (1973): Multikolor soloist  *Joonatan Rautiola
    Michael Edwards (1968): Hotpo for alto saxophone, electronics and contemporary ensemble -  *Henrique Portovedo (premiere performance)
    Pierre Jodlowski (1971): Coliseum 2 for saxophone soloist, chamber ensemble and electronics - soloist  *Marie-Bernardette Charrier

    * Selmer artist

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