2018 European year of cultural heritage Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Artistic director

Rodrigo Calveyra

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Rodrigo Calveyra won numerous international recorder competitions in Brazil at a young age and played as a soloist with Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra´s Chamber Orchestra when he was just 14-years-old. In 1996 he began studying with Conrad Steinmann at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and received a master’s degree in recorder in 2000. Simultaneously he specialised in recorder and medieval music at the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano with Pedro Memelsdorff. In 2012 he graduated with a master’s degree in cornetto from the Hochschule für Musik of Trossingen. Since 2015 he has been preparing his PhD in Musicology at the University of Sorbonne in Paris on the diminutions of Silvestro Ganassi.


Rodrigo Calveyra has played as a soloist with orchestras in Brazil, Switzerland, Italy and Argentina and worked with conductors such as Pablo Herreras Casado, Alessandro di Marchi, Martin Gester, Benoit Haller, Thomas Hengelbrock, etc. He has played at the most prestigious early music festivals in Europe and South America, including Ambronay, Antwerp, Utrecht, Herne, Munich, Chaise Dieu, Wallonie, and in the most important concerts halls in Europe including Champs Elysées, Opéra Comique, Opéra Garnier and Châtelet in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Arsenal in Metz, Château in Versailles, Bozar in Brussels, etc.


He is a regular member of the ensemble Cappella Mediterranea, directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, the current early music ensemble of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. He recorded for Harmonia Mundi France, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ambronay Editions, Ricercar, Calliope, France Musique, Radio France, Bayerische Rundfunk, etc.


He has been the artistic director of the Vilnius-based international early music ensemble Canto Fiorito since 2012, presenting concerts and educational projects in Lithuania and elsewhere in Europe. He is also the leader of the Brazilian-based ensemble Instrumentarium, with which he has played more than 150 concerts in South America and Europe together with musicians like Victor Torres and Manfredo Kraemer. He is the artistic director of the International Kretinga Early Music Festival in Lithuania, established in 2017.


He has been invited to teach and give lectures in Argentina – Pro-Musica Conservatory in Rosario, Center of Early Music in Buenos Aires and Festival of Baroque Music in Cordoba; in Brasil – Recife Early Music Festival and Officina de Musica de Curitiba; in France – the early music academy of the Ambronay Festival; and in Lithuania – early music master courses at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.