34. PRAGA CANTAT 2023
International Choir Competition and Festival
with the Grand Prix
Prague, 9 – 12 November 2023
The Praga Cantat festival, whose 34th edition will take place from 9 to 12 November 2023, has become one of the most important choral events in Prague. 929 choirs from 43 countries participated in its past 33 editions and the total number of singers who came to Prague amounts to over 40,000. Only a worldwide pandemic stopped the promising development of the festival and forced us to skip the 2020-2022 years. But we are looking forward to this year’s edition and hope that the festival will return in full force. We are pleased to continue the history of the festival in the same venue and look forward to cooperation with the National House in Vinohrady, where the festival has traditionally been held.
From 2023, the festival has been taken over by two students of Prof. Miroslav Košler (co-founder of the festival and choirmaster), Jakub Zicha and Jiří Petrdlík. Their work continues the legacy of their teacher and brings the festival back to its former popularity.
The Praga Cantat festival is not an exclusive competition. Alongside the excellent choirs, it is also attended by choirs that are at the beginning of their development, want to compare their strengths and experience the wonderful atmosphere of competition. The international expert jury not only evaluates the performances of the individual ensembles, but also gives valuable recommendations, which may help the choirmasters in their future work.
We are looking forward to welcoming you as our guests!
Why You Should Attend
Chamber choir of Palanga, Lithuania (2018)
We would like to say a huge thank you for the best emotions, breathtaking experiences by participating in PRAGA CANTAT 2018. We are still full of joy because of this festival.
Thank you for the perfect organisation, perfect hotel staff. Also, we would like to say the best words about wise guide Piotr. Commission words, achievements, the possibility to meet choirs from different countries, beautiful concert halls, breathtaking Praha enriched us, added new experiences.
We are really happy because of this experience. The best memories and words for you from Chamber choir of Palanga. We are full of happiness.
Warm greetings from Palanga,
Chamber choir of Palanga.
Paduan Suara Universitas Pancasila, Indonesia (2018)
Hello! Good morning from Jakarta.
It was a really gold experience for us to join this competition! And also it was such as dreams come true for us to can landed safely in Europe and enjoy the city of Prague. I really wanna say thanks a lot for you and all the event committee. Hope we’ll be join this competition soon.
Putu Diah Utari (Ms)
Paduan Suara Universitas Pancasila
A Chamber Choir Raskila and Lina, Lithuania (2018)
We want to thank you for festival, for our great time in Prague. It’ s a pity that we met very short time. We wish you nice autum and winter and great projects in future!
A Chamber Choir Raskila and Lina
Učiteljski pevski zbor Slovenije Emil Adamič, Slovenija (2017)
We spent great festival days in Prague. Thank you. And we’ll bear Prague in mind when creating our plans for future.
Neuer Kammerchor Berlin, Germany (2017)
we had a wonderful time in Prague and enjoyed participating in the Praga Cantat so much! We were completely satisfied and felt warmly welcomed, especially through our lovely guide Magdalena who made it very easy for us to orientate, feel home and safe. Every detail was well-organized throughout our stay! Even our hotel was in walking distance to the National House which was perfect. Further, the great opening concert was so much fun and we were deeply impressed by the choir performing in so many languages with such a great deal of fun! Another special moment was the singing of the compulsory piece – in our case „Napadly pisne“ – with all the other participating choirs. We got to know many people from different countries and felt that winning was not the most important goal but making new friends and experiences was even more vital. Thank you again for this 100%-well-organised event!!!
The mixed choir of Riga Cathedral Choir School, Latvia (2017)
Dear Alexandra and Jana,
Thank you for organizing the festival. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the festival and the performances of choirs. This has been an amazing and useful experience for our choir, as it was the first choir competition they participated in. Thank you for welcoming us in the beautiful city of Prague!
Aleksandra Āboliņa and Jurģis Cābulis
The Girls Choir Cantabila PSM Olsztyn, Poland (2017)
Dear Alexandra, dear Jana,
I congratulate the wonderful organization 31 “Prague Cantat”. The Cantabile Choir spent a great time during the competition and during the tour of such a charming city !!!!!!
Further references: https://pragacantat.com/references/
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