The Cantilena Children’s Choir

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

Festival of Sacred Music February 16, 2020: the Children’s Choir “Cantilena” took part in the 4th Children and Youth Festival of Sacred Music named after Vasily Orlov the regent. The concert was held in the Cultural Centre “Zelenograd”.

Songs over Neva January 4-9, 2020: the Children’s Choir “Cantilena” of the Diaghilev Art School took part in the international competition of vocal and choral art “Songs over Neva”. The contest was held in St. Petersburg. Our choir won the highest award – the Grand Prix!

the Moscow Autumn International Festival November 20, 2019: the Children’s Choir “Cantilena” participated in the opening of the Moscow Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, which took place in the Great Hall of the Moscow House of Composers.

Apocalypse. The Apparition of Seven Angels November 9, 2019: one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Moscow — the Roman Catholic Cathedral on Malaya Gruzinskaya. The concert «Apocalypse. The Apparition of Seven Angels» was held there. These compositions were performed: Symphony No. 3 by Henrik Guretsky and “Septem angeli” (“Seven Angels”) by Anna Vetlugina.

grants of the Mayor of Moscow 2019 November 3, 2019: the Svetlanov Hall of the Moscow International House of Music, the ceremony of presenting grants of the Mayor of Moscow in culture and art. The Children’s Choir “Cantilena” won the first prize and the loudest applause in the nomination «Choral singing»!

We’re singing to you, Moscow! October 26, 2019: the Children’s Choir “Cantilena” took part in the gala concert of the VIII Festival of children’s music schools of Russia «We’re singing to you, Moscow!«. The event was held in the Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Grants of the Moscow Mayor in culture and art 2019 October 8, 2019: the Theater Hall of the Moscow International House of Music.
The Children’s Choir “Cantilena” took part in the open final of the competition «Grants of the Moscow Mayor in culture and art» in the nomination «Choral singing».

Кантилена в Швеции August 2019: the Children’s Choir “Cantilena” took part in the IV European Choir Games, which were held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Our choir became the laureate of this international festival! The competition gathered 170 choirs from 47 countries.
“Cantilena” performed in two categories — Children’s Choirs and Sacred Music a’capella — and won gold medals in both!

Сantilena in Georgia June 2019: the Children’s Choir “Сantilena” spent its holiday in hospitable Georgia!

the All-Russian Choral Festival From the 21st to the 23d of November 2017 the final stage of the All-Russian Choral Festival was held in Moscow.
The Children’s Choir «Cantilena» became the winner, the choir was given a diploma of the Laureate of the 1st degree in the category D2 (children’s choirs) and also the choir was a participant of the Gala concert of the finalists of the All-Russian Choral Festival.

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».

Wreath to the Teacher A concert “Wreath to the Teacher” dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Elena Gladilina’s birth (a professor at the Moscow Conservatory 1937-2003) was held in the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory on the 4th of October 2017.
Participants of the concerts were the students E.V. Gladilina: A.Vetlugina, M.Voinova, E.Panikova, O.Filippova and others. There was also the premiere of A.Vetlugina’s work «Lux aeterna» which was performed by the Children’s Choir «Cantilena».

All-Russian Choral Festival The Сhildren’s Сhoir «Сantilena» became the laureate of the 1st stage of the district stage of the All-Russian Choral Festival, which was held in Podolsk on the 24th of September 2017. Congratulations!

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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