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© Nikita Chuntomo
© Nikita Chuntomo

musicAeterna was founded in 2004 by Teodor Currentzis in Novosibirsk. Its goal was to present Baroque and Classical works using authentic performance practices, but also set new accents in the realm of contemporary music. From the 2011/12 to the 2019/2020 season, the ensemble, as well as the musicAeterna Chorus, found a new home at the State Ballet and Opera Theater in Perm.

The orchestra also published numerous CD recordings, including an acclaimed Mozart/Da Ponte cycle.
In April 2019, Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna toured with Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, and in September 2019 with Mozart’s Da Ponte cycle successfully through Europe. In November 2019, they performed Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir and Philippe Hersant’s Tristia in Teodor Currentzis’ hometown Athens (Megaron).

In 2018, Teodor Currentzis expanded the musicAeterna family by founding musicAeterna byzantina. The new choir consists of the 16 best graduates of Byzantine music schools in Greece and is intended to help the public to (re)discover the treasures of the Byzantine musical culture, including the songs of the ancient Greek church. The choir is led by Antonios Koutroupis, a graduate of the vocal department of the State Conservatory Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg and honorary cantor of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in Venice.

Since September 2019, musicAeterna persists as an independent, privately financed ensemble.



„Artistic ambitions match social ones.”

The New Yorker, 14th August 2017

„The orchestra uses period instruments and plays them with a finesse and vitality that has no equal.”

Los Angeles Times, 14th August 2017