The Cantilena Children’s Choir

The Cantilena Children’s Choir (Detski Khor Cantilena, Moscow) was founded by Irena Sarnatskaya in 1967.
The Choir is considered to be the laureate of Moscow and International Art Festivals and Contests:

Grants of the Mayor of Moscow in culture and art Sergei Sobyanin awarded grants to the best students of the capital’s schools and colleges of creative work on the 3d of November 2017. The ceremony took place in the Moscow International House of Music.
The Children’s Choir “Cantilena” became the laureate of the I degree in the contest “Grants of the Mayor of Moscow in culture and art“. The main prize of the competition – Grand Prix “For outstanding contribution to the education of creative young people” – was given to the Children’s Art School named after S.Dyagilev.
Congratulations to the teachers and students of our school! Keep it up!!!

Italian Music of the Baroque The concert “Italian Music of the Baroque” took place in the Theatre Hall of the CC «Zelenograd» on the 27th of October. Participants: the chamber orchestra under management of Freddy Cadena (an Ecuadorian conductor, a resident of Russia), the soloists of the Novaya Opera Theatre – O. Ionova (soprano) and N. Creslin (mezzo-soprano), the Honoured Artist of Russian Federation O. Tomilova (oboe), the laureate of international competitions O. Yakubovich (oboe), V. Sergeeva (flute), the laureate of international competitions I.Sitnikova (cello) and the Children’s Choir “Cantilena”.

The Jubilee Concert To the 50th anniversary of the Сhildren’s Сhoir “Cantilena”!
The Jubilee Concert of the Children’s Choir “Cantilena” was held in the Theatre Hall of the Cultural Center “Zelenograd” on the 22nd of April 2017.

IV Junior Choral World Championship The “Cantilena” choir received the First Class Diploma, the special prize of the Jury “For outstanding achievements in choral art” and the special prize of the Jury “For the best performance of sacred music” at the IV Junior Choral World Championship, which was held in St. Petersburg on the 22-26th of February 2017.

Christmas Oratorio On the 14th of January 2017 the “Cantilena” choir took part in the concert “Christmas Oratorio”, which took place in the Moscow Crocus City Hall.
The music of Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev) was performed by a symphony orchestra, children’s and adults’ choirs and famous opera singers.

2016 Russia, Sochi: 9 the World Choir Games (“The Golden Medal” category Champions Competition – Children’s Choirs).

2015 Russia, Moscow: All-Russian Choral Festival (the second prize winner).

2014 Latvia, Riga: 8th World Choir Games (“The Golden Medal” category Champions Competition – Children`s Choirs)
Finland, Turku: 3th International Competition – Festival of Choral, Instrumental Music and Academic Vocal JSFest (“The Golden Diploma”);

2002 The Netherlands: 2th International Festival of Russian Choral Music «Slava Cultura», participant;

2008 Austria, Graz: 5th World Choir Games (“The Golden Medal”);


2009 Ireland, Cork: 55th International Choral Festival, participant;

2010 Italy, Venice: 8th International Choral Festival «Venice in Music-2010» (“The Golden Diploma” and “Grand Prix”);

2012 Spain: International Art Festival «Catalan Spring», participant;

2013 Germany, Wernigerode: 8th Int. Johannes Brahms Choir Festival & Competition (“The Golden Diploma” and Winner category Children`s Choirs, “The Golden Diploma” category Sacred Choir Music);

1998 Italy, Riva-del-Garda: 5th International Choirs’ Contest (“The Golden Diploma”);

1995 Russia, Moscow: 4th International Slavonic Assembly “Druzhba” (the second prize winner);

Guest tours

1989 Bulgaria (Gabrovo); 1996 Denmark (Copenhagen); 1999 The USA, New York, Washington (concerts in the Capitol, “The White House”); 2001 Slovakia, Austria, Poland; 2004 France, (Paris); 2006 Germany (Munich); 2011 The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

Since 1990 Choir acquired Helen Saliuk as the second director.

The Cantilena Choir is constantly performing at the best concert halls in Moscow:

  • The Big and S. Rakhmaninov’s Halls of Conservatoire by P. Chaykovsky;
  • The Concert Halls of Moscow International Music House;
  • The Church Works’ Hall of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Directors: Irena Sarnatskaya, Helena Saliuk. Piano accompaniment Anna Avetisyan.

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