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The Cantica laetitia chamber choir was founded in 2004 in Zlín originally as a selective girls' ensemble of the Cantica children choir. As a mixed choir Cantica laetitia has performed since 2012. From its beginning, the choir has been conducted by Josef Surovík. The choir's repertoire is based on the music of the 20th and 21st century. The choir's challenging and colourful repertoire is a basis of compact performances that are very appreciated by concert audiences and also the juries of international competitions, where the choir constantly reaches very good results. Cantica laetitia co-operates with Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic orchestra Zlín and independently performs vocal-instrumental works too. The choir also works in partnership with the Children's opera Zlín and the Morava Elementary music school. It achieved many prices at competitions home and abroad.
Josef Surovík (1975) is a founder and conductor of the Cantica laetitia mixed choir. He also conducts other ensembles. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as a choir conductor at Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Zlín. In 1998 he founded childrens' choir Cantica Zlín. (Graduates from this choir has become members of Cantica laetitia). He has gained many prizes at Czech and international competitions with his choirs. He's a lecturer of conducting courses and a member of juries in many choir singing competitions. In 2009 Josef Surovík was awarded the National Prize choirmaster junior by Czech choirs Union. In 2012 he gained a Special Prize for Exemplary Work with the Youth Choir at FSU Jihlava. One of his latest projects is the Children's Opera Zlín (founded in 2011). Josef Surovík is a member of expert committees Nipos-Artama for children and secondary schools' choirs. In September 2014 Josef Surovík was awarded by Zlín Mayor Prize for conductor's work and excellent results he has achieved during recent 10 years with Cantica laetitia.Back to the list of ensembles