EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

 

 

Vilnius based early music ensemble Canto Fiorito, directed by internationally renowned cornetto and recorder player Rodrigo Calveyra, started its activity in 2013. The title of the ensemble refers to florid singing, enriched with ornaments and diminutions and speaks about the dialogue between human voices and singing wind instruments, creating a wide palette of colours and expressive means that serve to the semantics of music.

 

The ensemble is dedicated to the research and performance of renaissance and baroque music, with a special attention to the musical production of the first half of the XVII 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 establishment, Canto Fiorito became the most active early music ensemble of the country and the only one, continuously contributing to the 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 the XVIIth century Vilnius, where most of the tracks were the world premiers.

 

In 2015-2016 the ensemble presented Lithuanian musical heritage in Norway, Austria and Slovenia, collaborating with ensembles Norwegian Cornetts and Sackbuts and Musica Antiqua Salzburg.

 

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 premier 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 Stokholm Early Music Festival Christmas Edition.

 

The year 2018 marked a huge international development of Canto Fiorito’s activities: the ensemble was invited to present Lithuanian musical heritage in festivals “Musiq’3” in Brussels and Namur Music Festival in Belgium, performed in Nordic Medieval Music Festival in Sweden, and implemented a huge European musical and educational project “The Hanseatic Way” together with “Musica Antiqua Salzburg” with concerts in Vilnius and Kaunas, Brighton Early Music Festival (UK), Hanseatic Days in Rostock (Germany), festival “Jeunesse” in Vienna, “Glasperlenspiel Festival” in Tartu (Estonia), Bach Chamber Music Festival in Riga and Amsterdam.