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interview with Giovanni Antonini

History

The International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in one of the most important European events in the field of classical music. It was founded in 1966 by Andrzej Markowski. The general director of the Festival is Andrzej Kosendiak, and the artistic director is Giovanni Antonini. 

Wratislavia Cantans is a feast of music, in which the main part is played by the human voice. Irrespective of the place, time and culture in which works of music were written, the voice – as the most excellent among musical instruments: fascinating and inspiring, has always occupied a special position in artists’ creativity.  That is why the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans has drawn the attention of music lovers in and outside Poland, and every year Wrocław in the first weeks of September becomes a European capital of culture – the European capital of vocal art.  The festival is strongly embedded in history, however it keeps inspiring composers to write new works, commissioned annually by the Festival.

The Festival presents the human voice in different forms and genres, and in various performance makeups – from vocal recitals, through consort performances, down to choral and oratorio music involving dozens of singers.  The festival is intended to present works in all musical styles, created in various music centres in all epochs of history. 

Wratislavia Cantans is a synonym of the highest quality in respect of performance and governance.   Concerts featuring world-famous stars of classical music every year attract thousands of music lovers to the beautiful historical interiors of Wrocław and Lower Silesia.  So far Wratislavia Cantans has invited superb soloists and conductors, and among them: Philippe Herreweghe, Andreas Scholl, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, and numerous ensembles, including:  Collegium Vocale Gent, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Il Giardino Armonico, The English Baroque Soloists.  

Wratislavia Cantans is a member of the prestigious European Festivals Association (EFA), with its seat in Ghent, Belgium.

Andrzej Kosendiak

GENERAL DIRECTOR

Director of the National Forum of Music, artist, conductor and pedagogue, Andrzej Kosendiak has earned an enviable reputation as one of the most active and committed musicians and organizers of music life in Poland. He graduated from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory of Wrocław Music Academy. In 2013 he obtained the academic degree of doctor habilitatus. For many years he taught at his Alma Mater, where in 2001-2009 he was head of the Cross-Department Early Music Studies. Since 2014 he has been Professor at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2005 he became Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans.

Giovanni Antonini

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Born in Milan, Giovanni Antonini studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva.
He is a founding member of the Baroque ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, which he has been leading since 1989. With his group he has appeared as conductor and soloist on the recorder and Baroque transverse flute in Europe, United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.  He has performed with many prestigious artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Isabelle Faust, Viktoria Mullova, Giuliano Carmignola, Giovanni Sollima, Sol Gabetta, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Andrzej Markowski

FOUNDER

He was the creator and the artistic director of the festival between 1966 and 1977.  He studied composition in Trinity College of Music in London and composition and conducting at the State Higher School of Music. He was the conductor at the Poznan Philharmonic and the Silesian Philharmonic.  At the age of 35 he was offered the position of artistic director of the Cracow Philharmonic, where he introduced oratorio work never before performed in Poland, such as Monteverdi’s Il Vespro or Haendel’s Messiah.

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.