Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble was established in Kecskemét, Hungary in 1990. Later that year, they won first prize at the Athens International Choir Competition. Since 1996, they have also won first prize in its category at all of the international competitions it has entered, and won World Choir Championship (Graz/Austria, Riga/Latvia ) twice. Having earned international acclaim, the ensemble have received concert tour invitations to Greece, Austria, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Slovakia, Croatia, Great-Britain, Portugal, Switzerland, Holland, Macao, China, in the USA.
In recent years, the group has developed its own sound and built a repertoire in which features contemporary Hungarian choral prominently. The ensemble and its leader, Dr. Katalin Kiss won the Hungarian Copyright Association’s Artisjus Prize on three occasions for its activity in premiering of contemporary Hungarian works and its pioneering work in that field. In October 2015, the ensemble received the most prestigious Kodály Prize as an acknowledgement of its high standards of performance and successful artistic activity over the past 25 years.
The group has premiered a great number of choral works which have become part of the choral canon in Hungary and abroad. Several Hungarian composers have dedicated works to them.
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