Milan Kolena
Milan Kolena
Choir conductor / artist director
Conductor of choir Apollo and Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis
Art director of music festivals in Bratislava
Chairman / member of jury in international choir competitions
Pedagogue of University of Performing Arts – international choir lectures and workshops

Welcome on Milan Kolena's web site

I am conductor of mixed choir Apollo that is comprised of students from all Slovakia. Apollo is a mixed chamber choir that focuses on interpretation of choir music from Renaissance to modern times. It performs both home and abroad and in various music choir festivals dedicated especially to sacred music. The choir´s repertoire includes compositions of contemporary Slovak composer Pavol Krška who wrote his works also for choir Apollo.

I am the conductor of Schola Gregoriana Bratislavensis that is dedicated to interpretation of the oldest music composition preserved in Slovakia. These chants are written in the Bratislava antiphonary from 15th century. The main part of the schola´s repertoire is comprised of Gregorian chant Latin liturgy preserved in Graduale Triplex that interprets the liturgy in Latin.

As pedagogue I lecture choir conducting and interpretation of various music styles in Composition and Conducting Department of University of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In the Department of Church music I teach interpretation and semiology of Gregorian Chant. 

The study of Gregorian chant comprises the newest knowledge of Gregorian semiology and palaeography. The study is based on neumes of Sankt-Gallen and Metz notation that are preserved in individual manuscripts from 10th century.

I participate in international choir festivals as member of jury but also as lecturer of workshops dedicated to interpretation of Gregorian chant, classic vocal polyphony and sacred music compositions of individual music style periods.

I am also the art director of several choir music festivals in Bratislava: Slovakia Cantat, Musica Sacra Bratislava, Youth music festival, Advent and Christmas music festival and International Gregorian chant festival in Bratislava.

More information on my activities is available in this web site.

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Milan Kolena