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

Project coordinator

Canto Fiorito

 

Vilnius based early music ensemble Canto Fiorito was founded in 2013. Led by internationally renowned cornetto and recorder player Rodrigo Calveyra, the ensemble is dedicated to the research and performance of renaissance and baroque music, with special attention to the musical production of the first half of the seventeenth century in the Lithuanian Grand Duchy and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Italian masters that lived in the region and the local composers, strongly influenced by them, represent the core of the ensemble’s musical activities. Soon after its establishment, Canto Fiorito became the most active early music ensemble of the country and the only one, continuously contributing to early music education in Lithuania, organizing commented educational concerts, lectures, seminars and master courses for children, students, teachers and others. In 2014 Canto Fiorito released a CD with the music of Giovanni Battista Cocciola, the composer of seventeenth century Vilnius, where most of the tracks were world premieres. In 2015–2016 the ensemble presented Lithuanian musical heritage in Norway, Austria and Slovenia, collaborating with the Norwegian Cornetts and Sackbuts and Musica Antiqua Salzburg ensembles. In 2017 the artistic leader Rodrigo Calveyra initiated the International Kretinga Early Music Festival, organised by Canto Fiorito and dedicated to the oldest organ in Lithuania (1680). In the same year Canto Fiorito presented the premiere of the earliest surviving German opera – Johann Sebastiani’s Pastorello musicale, the manuscript of which was found in Vilnius library and was invited to perform in the Stockholm Early Music Festival Christmas Edition. In 2018 Canto Fiorito will perform in early music festivals in Belgium and Sweden.

 

Webpage: http://www.cantofiorito.lt

 

Ensemble Canto Fiorito is administrated by public institution Suonatori del granduca, Lithuania. Project team:project leaders Rodrigo Calveyra and Renata Dubinskaitė, manager Gabija Čepulionytė, assistant manager Ieva Gaidamavičiūtė-Barkauskė, designer Daiva Kišūnaitė, video author Akvilė Anglickaitė, accountant Ligita Tamuleviciene. Partners: Musica Antiqua Salzburg, Austria and ERP, Estonia 

 


Photo by Agnė Gintalaitė
Photo by Agnė Gintalaitė
Photo by Beatričė Zaveckaitė
Photo by Beatričė Zaveckaitė
Photo by Vytautas Abramauskas
Photo by Vytautas Abramauskas