The Cantus Ensemble was founded in Tehran-Iran in 2012 by Kaveh Mirhosseini for the promotion of Contemporary Classical Music.
At the first stage Cantus Ensemble focused on Contemporary music and the study of composers such as Arvo Pärt , Krzysztof Eugeniusz Penderecki , Henryk Mikołaj Górecki , Philip Glass , Peteris Vasks , John cage , Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman.
In 2014 the ensemble began to work on its own compositions with the project Improvisation and Experimental Music , entirely about Persian Music’s Abilities in Contemporary Classical Music.
In 2015 the ensemble worked mainly on String Quartets but Since 2016, it performed at several different festivals and halls such as Tehran Contemporary Music Festival (TCMF), Iranian Artists Forum, Arian Sadr Cultural House, “Da” Opera house , Roudaki Concert Hall and Museum of Contemporary Arts (Moca).
In 2017 spring, Cantus Ensemble Participated in 2nd.Tehran Contemporary Music Festival (TCMF) as a large String Orchestra to perform Concerto Violin No.2 by Philip Glass (Soloist: Arash Asadnezhad) and “illumination” Concerto for Violoncello by Kaveh Mirhosseini (Soloist : Gökce-Bahar Oytun) which both were conducted by Kaveh Mirhosseini. after the Concert, Cantus recorded “illumination” in studio of Tehran Music Museum (TMM) located in Tehran,Iran.
Autumn of 2017 The ensemble, world premiered 8 pieces from five composers who were Kaveh Mirhosseini , Armin Sanayei , Nader Mashayekhi , Arshia Samsaminia , Soosan LolaAvar.
Main goals of Cantus Ensemble are to Commission the Pieces to Composers and then to World Premier , Record and Publish them.
Cantus Ensemble is not just a String Orchestra , Depending on the type of Pieces and Repertoires , we are open from Solo Pieces to Orchestra. Cantus is planning to have a Composition Competition as well.
We welcome to world premier the pieces from young composers from all over the world.