As in every edition of the Festival, this year Lithuanian and international public will be able to enjoy the visit of stars of the early music world, who will perform on the extraordinary organ of the Kretinga Franciscan monastery.


The host ensemble Canto Fiorito will open the festival with a beautiful programme of music from the kingdoms of Castilla and Aragón from late renaissance and early baroque periods.


The ensemble I Gemelli will present treasures of the sacred music by the French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier for three male voices, and in another concert, will join Canto Fiorito in a collaboration project to perform a programme of splendid vocal and instrumental Venetian music for 10 parts, uniting 5 voices and 5 wind instruments.


The fantastic baroque cello player Balázs Máté will perform a recital with his “basso di violino”, featuring virtuoso Italian and Spanish music from early XVII century.


The legendary organist Lorenzo Ghielmi is responsible for this edition’s organ recital, presenting Italian early and late baroque music.


The ensemble Les Cornets Noirs, known to the public from the last year, is the Festival’s ensemble in residence, selected to present their repertoire and musicianship for 3 years in a row. This year Les Cornets Noirs will perform two concerts in a big formation of cornetti, violins and sackbuts - the first concert will be educational, with short explanations about instruments and music, and the second one will close the Festival with the programme exploring the influence of the Venetian virtuoso style in whole Europe.


As always, all concerts are with free entrance!


Rodrigo Calveyra

Artistic director of the International Kretinga Early Music Festival




6-25 August 2023

Seven free concerts

Kretinga Franciscan Church (Kretinga, Lithuania)


Sunday 6 August at 7 p.m.

Siglo de Oro. Spanish music of the Golden Age

OPENING CONCERT. Canto Fiorito (Lithuania)

Artistic director Rodrigo Calveyra, cornetto, recorder (Brazil/France)
Renata Dubinskaitė (mezzo-soprano), Laura AgutFabio de Cataldo (sackbut), Adria Gràcia Gàlvez (organ)


Thursday 10 August at 7 p.m.

Venetian Echoes. Early Baroque Venetian music for 10 parts

I Gemelli (France) and Canto Fiorito (Lithuania)

Musical directors:

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, tenor (France/Switzerland)
Rodrigo Calveyra, cornetto (Brazil/France)

Artistic director Mathilde Etienne (France)

Cristina Fanelli (soprano), Renata Dubinskaitė (mezzo-soprano), Anders Dahlin (tenor), Nicolas Brooymans (bass), Bruce Dickey (cornetto), Laura AgutAlexis LahensFabio de Cataldo (sackbut), Violaine Cochard (organ)


Saturday 12 August at 7 p.m.

Ave Maris Stella. Sacred music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

I Gemelli (France)

Musical director Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, tenor (France/Switzerland)

Artistic director Mathilde Etienne (France)

Anders Dahlin (tenor), Nicolas Brooymans (bass), Violaine Cochard (organ)


Thursday 17 August at 7 p.m.

Basso di violino ambizioso. Spanish and Italian Baroque music for bass solo instrument

Recital by Balázs Máté, basso di violino (Hungary)

Dóra Pétery (organ)


Sunday 20 August at 7 p.m.

Affetti ed effetti. Italian Early and Late Baroque works for organ

Organ solo recital by Lorenzo Ghielmi (Italy)



An Italian Voyage. The propagation of the Italian style in the times of Monteverdi

Gebhard David, Frithjof Smith (cornetto), Cosimo Stawiarski, Luca Giardini (violin), Simen van Mechelen, Detlef Reimers, Joost Swinkels (sackbut), Johannes Strobl (organ)


     Thursday 24 August at 7 p.m.



     Friday 25 August at 7 p.m.




 All concerts are free




Patron of the Festival
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

The Festival is financed by:
Lithuanian Council for Culture

Municipality of Kretinga district


Sponsors and Partners:

Mažesniųjų Brolių Ordino Lietuvos Šv. Kazimiero Provincijos Kretingos Apreiškimo vienuolynas

UAB „Northway chirurgijos centras“

Charity and support fund "Gerumo versmė"

Kretingos rajono kultūros centras

Prancūzų institutas Lietuvoje

RGB Pictures


Media Partners:


Clear Channel Lietuva

Jūra. More. Sea

Daily newspaper "Klaipėda"

Palangos kultūros centras



Pajūrio naujienos

Palangos komunalinis ūkis

Kretingos turgus


Canto Fiorito