The ensemble

Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey—geographical certainly, but also historical, cultural and inner—as its cornerstone. It draws inspiration from all sources and aims for distant horizons. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian.

Since its founding, the ensemble promotes the creation of new works incorporating musical elements of diverse musical traditions around the world, drawing from medieval manuscripts to a contemporary aesthetic, passing by Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque. Underpinned by a spirit of research and creation, Constantinople has joined forces with leading international artists such as singers Marco Beasley, Françoise Atlan, Savina Yannatou and Suzie Le Blanc; the Mandingo griot Ablaye Cissoko; the Greek ensemble En Chordais, the Belgian duo Belem and the American group The Klezmatics; sarangi virtuoso Dhruba Ghosh, Syrian clarinettist and composer Kinan Azmeh, and Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor.

Regularly invited to perform in international festivals and prestigious concert halls, such as the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco, the Rencontres musicales de Conques in France, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, the Festival de Carthage in Tunisia, the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens and the BOZAR in Brussels, Constantinople is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. The ensemble has 17 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, Atma, World Village, Buda Musique and MaCase. Over the course of the decade, Constantinople has created nearly 40 works and travelled to more than 140 cities in 30 countries.

  • Concert highlights

    Accademia Musicale Chigiana (SIENNA, Italie)
    Aga Khan Museum (TORONTO, Canada)
    Assembly Hall, American University of Beirut (Liban)
    Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada)
    BOZAR (BRUSSELS, Belgique)
    Club Inégales (LONDON, United Kingdom)
    Earagail Arts Festival (DONEGAL, Ireland)
    Early Music Society of the Islands (VICTORIA, Canada)
    Early Music Vancouver (Canada)
    Farhang-sara honar Arasbaran (TEHERAN, Iran)
    Festival Classica Evora (Portugal)
    Festival d’Aix (Aix-en-Provence, France)
    Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico (Mexico)
    Festival des Arts de St-Sauveur (Canada)
    Festival des musiques sacrées de Fès (Morocco)
    Festival Île-de-France (PARIS, France)
    Festival International d’Orford (Canada)
    Festival International de Lanaudière (Canada)
    Festival International du Domaine Forget (ST-IRÉNÉE, Canada)
    Festival Les Orientales (Saint-Florent le Vieil, France)
    Festival Stimmen (LÖRRACH, Germany)
    Festival Suds à Arles (France)
    Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo (SEVILLA, Spain)
    George Enescu Festival (BUCAREST, Romania)
    International Zacatecas Festival (Mexico)
    Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris, France)
    Institut français du Sénégal (DAKAR, Senegal)
    Institut français de Tunisie (TUNIS, Tunisie)
    Jeonju International Sori Festival (SEOUL, South Korea)
    Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival (Israël)
    KulturFabrik (ESCH, Luxembourg)
    Lavaux Classic (CULLY, Switzerland)
    Mediterranean Festival (Hong Kong)
    Metropolitain Museum (NEW YORK, United States)
    Music Before 1800 (NEW YORK, United States)
    Onassis Cultural Centre (ATHÈNES, Greece)
    Oratoire du Louvre (PARIS, France)
    Ottawa Chamber Music Festival (Canada)
    Palais Montcalm (QUEBEC CITY, Canada)
    Philharmonie de Berlin (Germany)
    Rencontres musicales de Conques (France)
    Rialto Theatre (Limassol, Cyprus)
    Salle Pleyel (PARIS, France)
    Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele (Germany)
    Thessaloniki World Music Festival (Greece)
    Tropentheater (AMSTERDAM, Netherlands)
    Udaipur World Music Festival (India)
    Vienna Konzerthaus (Austria)

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