Ars Nova - Zespół Instrumentów Dawnych
the ensemble of early musical instruments was founded in 1981 and from the beginning it has been directed by Jacek Urbaniak. Presently, Krzysztof Owczynik is the director of this ensemble. Ars Nova specializes in performing European music from the 13th to the 16th century and it is one of the leading consorts of this type in Poland.
The ensemble has given numerous concerts both at home and abroad. Ars Nova has recorded for the Polish Radio and TV, it has also published many CDs. The most significant of them contain the first recordings of Polish Medieval and Renaissance music.
The ensemble has been nominated ten times for the prestigious phonographic prize – Fryderyk – and once it was awarded this prize in 1996. For over 35 years of its existence Ars Nova has given 750 concerts in many different countries and published 27 CDs. It took part in the theater performances in the National Opera and in the Warsaw Chamber Opera. Ars Nova has also performed works that were written for early instruments by contemporary composers.