This is Bel Canto Choir Vilnius. The No 1 mixed choir in Lithuania!
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius (artistic director Dr. Egidijus Kaveckas) is a mixed independent choir that was established in 2009. It unites more than 70 people who love choral singing and music. Their goal is to sing different styles of music and work with various other groups, present high quality musical projects, as well as take part in competitions and festivals in Lithuania and abroad.
In 2013, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius was proclaimed as the best volunteer choir in Lithuania, the same year it triumphed at the prestigious Stasys Šimkus International Choral Competition in Klaipėda, winning the first place and several special prizes. The Choir was awarded with a gold medal at the World Choir Games 2014 and participated in prestigious choral competitions in Busan (South Korea), Tolosa (Spain) and elsewhere.
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius became the first Lithuanian choir to present an official YouTube channel and to publish its music on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius also became the first choir in the country to enter Lithuanian record books when, in the end of 2015, it ruled over the Lithuanian National Philharmonic stage for three consecutive nights, with almost 2,000 audience members watching the choir’s concerts.
In December of 2016, the choir repeated its concert attendance records by becoming the first choir in the history of the country’s choral music to organize a joint concert with a rock star of the choral scene: world-famous composer, conductor, Grammy winner, TED speaker and Virtual Choir creator Eric Whitacre.
What we are proud of. Our major achievements
2017. No 1 choir in Lithuania
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius triumphed at the first round of Lithuania’s Major Choral Competition, which ended in May 2017. We received 97.7 points out of 100, the best result among one hundred eleven Lithuanian choirs! We were ranked as the No 1 choir in Lithuania again!
2017. The first Virtual Reality 360 Video
In July 2017, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius premiered its first Virtual 360° Video, which is also the first one in the history of Lithuania’s choral music! The Choir have chosen a beautiful ‘Lux Aurumque’ by Eric Whitacre for the premiere. The performance of the piece was filmed and recorded live in December 2016 at the Choir’s ‘Revolution Together concert, featuring Eric Whitacre himself. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius premiered its first Virtual 360° Video on the Choir’s Facebook and YouTube channel.
2016. Revolution Together with Eric Whitacre
For the first time, Eric Whitacre – a rock star of the global choral scene, Grammy winner, TED speaker, and one of the most famous composers and conductors of his generation – and the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, joined forces for a special concert, entitled ‘Revolution Together’. On December 11-12, 2016 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic in Vilnius, Whitacre and the Lithuanian choir performed together for the first time in the history of Lithuanian choral music.
2016. Our debut at the prestigious Tolosa Choral Competition
In October 2016, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius performed at the Tolosa International Choral Competition in Tolosa, the Basque region of Spain. This contest belongs to the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, the major and the most prestigious A-level network of choral contests in Europe.
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius received 8.1 points (81.2 percent) out of 10 (100 percent) in the highly competitive and complex polyphonic music category. Choir Brevis, another Lithuanian choir that participated in the contest, received the same number of points.
2016. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius set a Lithuanian record
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius has earned a place in the national record book. This was reported on June 3, 2016 by Factum, an agency that records Lithuanian records. The Bel Canto Choir Vilnius joined the national list of achievements by holding ‘the longest choral concert tour held on a single stage’ in the history of Lithuania. Late in 2015, the choir performed for three consecutive nights at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall and its three sold-out concerts attracted audiences totaling almost 2 000 people.
2015. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius at Expo 2015
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius and Vilnius City Municipality ‘s St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra represented Lithuania at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy. We and the Orchestra performed at the key event of Lithuania’s National Day at this International Exposition. The performance took place at Expo 2015 major concert hall, which accommodated more than 1,000 spectators.
2014. In the club of the world’s best
In July 2014, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius joined the club of the world’s best choirs. At the World Choir Games 2014, organized in the Latvian capital Riga, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius received 90.63 points and won the gold medal. By doing so, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, together with other choirs, anchored in the league of the world’s greatest choirs. Gold medals at the Choir Games are awarded to the choirs that receive between 80 and 100 points from the jury. This was our first appearance at the World Choir Games – we competed in the category of Contemporary Music within the Champions Competition.
2014. Our debut on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon
In spring 2014, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius became the first Lithuanian choir to publish its music on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. Currently we receive 500-900 monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
2013. The best choir in Lithuania
In December 2013, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius rocked the country’s choral music scene and accomplished unthinkable. During the fourth year of its existence, the Choir won the Lithuania’s major National Choral Competition, thus becoming the best volunteer choir in the country. The Choir triumphed at the competition wining the first place (92.2 points) in the mixed choirs category. Lithuania’s National Choral Competition is being organized every four years by the Lithuanian Choral Union and Lithuanian Folk Culture Center, and is aimed to assess the artistic level of the choirs and to select the best ones in the country.
2013. Our triumph at the Stasys Šimkus International Competition
In November 2013, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius shone at the Stasys Šimkus International Choral Competition in Klaipėda, Lithuania. International jury of the Competition, which is considered as one of the most prestigious choral competitions in the Baltics, awarded us with the first place prize (91.2 points) in the mixed choirs category. Moreover, we received two special prizes – for the best performance of the mandatory song, and for the best performance of the song by Lithuanian composer.
2011. Our debut on YouTube
In spring 2011, the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius became the first among Lithuanian choirs to introduced its official YouTube channel. Currently we are close to 3 million views on our YouTube channel, enjoying approx.. 50 000 monthly visitors, mostly from the U.S., Germany, France, Ukraine and Lithuania.
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius was also awarded with one of the most prestigious choral awards in Lithuania – Golden Bird award in the category of New Shining Star by the Lithuanian Center for Folk Culture; triumphed at the Ohrid Choir Festival & Competition in Ohrid, Macedonia, where it won the first place in its category; as well as participated in Busan (South Korea) international choral competition and international choral competition of habaneras and polyphony in Torrevieja (Spain).