CANTUS NOVUS WIEN
Viennese chamber choir Cantus Novus Wien draws on an extensive repertoire of Baroque, Classical, and contemporary music, including a cappella choral music, oratorios by Handel and Haydn, and requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, and Fauré. Contemporary music is one of the choir’s focal points, including regular world premieres of commissioned pieces. The clear and warm timbre of the choir is also influenced by 21st century composers such as Eric Whitacre, Paul Mealor, Morten Lauridsen, and Ola Gjeilo.
Named as Choir of the Year by Chorforum Wien in 2018, the ensemble regularly collaborates with choirs and composers from Sweden, Finland, the UK and Switzerland. It is also a frequent guest at major concert series. In 2018, Cantus Novus Wien made its debut at the Wiener Musikverein at the invitation of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. In 2019, the choir was invited to perform at Hollywood in Vienna, a symphonic gala concert celebrating classic and current masterpieces of film music in the prestigious Wiener Konzerthaus. In 2020, Cantus Novus Wien will appear at the Festival of St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, celebrating the consecration of its new Rieger Cathedral Organ. The choir has been conducted by Thomas Holmes since 2001.
Photo: Harald Mairbock