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
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The choir´s repertoire focuses on current sacred Slovak works; the choir interprets extensive pieces by outstanding Slovak composer Pavol Krška, including Stabat Mater; Rekviem; Te Deum for solo, choir and organ; Missa Solemnis for organ, sola and mixed choir . The Apollo repertoire also includes sacred choruses from the Gregorian Chant period, as well as Renaissance and Romantic period selections; spirituals, folksongs and carols in choir arrangements.

Choir Apollo has recorded a CD of Anton Bruckner works – Moteta, first of its kind.

The choir regularly sings at Holy Masses in Jesuit and other churches in Bratislava and gives charity concerts for children oncology hospital in Bratislava. It performs concerts also with University of Performing Arts soloists or in cooperation with other Slovak or foreign choirs.

Choir Apollo

Choir Apollo was established in 1995 and in a short time the choir made considerable strides, achieving notoriety in Slovakia and receiving many awards at festivals and international competitions e.g. in Prague (1998), Český Krumlov (2002), Olomouc (2005).

The choir often gives performances at prestigious local and international events. Apollo has toured Italy and other countries performing concerts at festivals in Citta´ di Nuoro, Rome, Fano, Loreto, Olbia; Poznan, Poland; Banja Luka, Bosna Hercegovina; Szeged, Miskolc, Hungary; Munich, Germany; Prague, Olomouc, Brno and Pardubice, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria as well as in many Slovak towns.

The choir Apollo is also co-organizer of international choir festivals in Bratislava that are held annually throughout the year.

Among the highlights of choir Apollo activieties in the past let us mention:

1998  Rassegna Internazionale Corale e Polifonica in Citta´ di Nuoro, Italy

1998  First place and a special award for style performance of the competition program at the International festival in Prague, CZ

2000  Musiche per il Natale in Rome, Italy

2002  Special award for excellent performance of Czech sacred music at the international choir   competition  “Jaro se Otvírá” in Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

2002  Incontro Internationale Polifonico, Fano, Italy

2004  Incontro Internationale Polifonico in Loreto, Italy

2005  Gold Medal, International Choir Competition “Svátky Písne Olomouc”, CZ

2006  Incontro Internationale Polifonico in Loreto, Italy

2007  Gliwicke spotkanie Choralne, Gliwice, Poland

2008    Banja Luka Choral Meetings, Banja Luka, Bosna i Herzegovina

2009   Universitat Cantat, Poznaň, Poland

2010   Virgo Lauretana Festival, Loreto, Italy

2011  International Chamber Choir Festival Miskolc, Hungary

2011  Rassegna internazionale di canto corale sacro, Olbia, Italy

2012:   Virgo Lauretana Festival, Loreto, Italy

2013:   Eurasia Cantat, Ekaterinburg, Russia

2013:   Festa Academnica, Velehrad - Praha - Pardubice, Czech Republic

2014:   Rassegna internazionale di canto corale sacro, Olbia, Italy

2015:   Virgo Lauretana Festival, Loreto, Italy

2015:   International Chamber Choir Festival Miskolc, Hungary

2015:   Festival Singing World, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Performances

4.12.2011

Advent benefit concert in support of Children Oncology clinic in Bratislava, Záhorská Bystrica, Bratislava

18.-20.11. 2011

FESTA ACADEMICA 2011, dedicated to the international students´ day, Pardubice, Czech Republic

13.11.2011

Benefit concert in support of Children Oncology clinic in Bratislava,  Requiem for solos, two mixed choirs and organ by Pavol Krška

28.9.-2.10.2011

17. international festival of sacrd music, Olbia, Italy

11.9.2011

Concert in Dudince, Slovakia

26.5.2011

Opening concert of the festival Musica Sacra Bratislava, Jesuit church

20.-21.5.2011

Concert tour in Slovakia: Bobrovec, Lipany, Košice

25.3.2011

International festival of chamber choirs Miskolc, Hungary

19.12.2010

International festival of adult choirs, Goldener Vereinsaal, Vienna, Austria

15.12.2010

Benefit concert in support of Children Oncology clinic in Bratislava, Slovak Radio, Bratislava

14.12.2010

Performance in Christmas markets stage, Bratislava

11.12.2010

Concert, Munich, Germany

2.10.2010

Concert, Mojmírovce, Slovakia

7.-11.4.2010

International festival Virgo Lauretana, Loreto, Italy

29.1.2010

Benefit concert in support of Children Oncology clinic in Bratislava, Jesuit church, Bratislava

16.12.2009

Performance in Christmas markets stage, Bratislava

21.11.2009

FESTA ACADEMICA 2009, dedicated to the international students´ day, Pardubice, Czech Republic

17.6.2009

International festival Univesitat Cantat 2009, Poznan, Poland

10.12.2008

Christmas concert, Malacky, Slovakia

22.11.2008

Concert, premiere of Missa Solemnis by Pavol Krška, Jesuit church, Bratislava

22.6.2008

Cocnert in the occasion of 100-year anniversary of Eugen Suchoň, Bratislava

2.5.2008

Concert, Szeged, Hungary

3.5.2008

Concert, Banja Luka, Bosna and Herzegovina

24.11.2007

Concert, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

26.10.2007

International festival Rybnicka jesieň chorálna, Rybnik, Poland

21.10.2007

Concert, Jesuit church, Bratislava

29.9.2007

Concert, Mojmírovce, Slovakia

23.5.2007

International festival Musica Sacra Bratislava, concert, Bratislava

28.4.2007

International festival Gliwicke spotkanie choralne, Gliwice, Poland