Guntars Prānis

Rector, Professor

The rector of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music professor 
Guntars Prānis is an extensively experienced performer, an internationally acknowledged musicologist and a researcher of early music. He earned his PhD in 2015 in Riga with the highest distinction (Summa cum Laude) for the dissertation on the sacred music of medieval Riga. He has concentrated his professional growth on early music studies together with prominent researchers in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. As a part of his research, he has spent several months in Benedictine monasteries, and has thus become the leading medieval music specialist in Latvia, as well as a highly renowned educator and lecturer in the international arena.

Guntars Prānis is the founder and leader of the early music ensemble 
Schola Cantorum Riga, with which he actively performs both in Latvia and internationally (Sweden, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and elsewhere). Several of his albums with Schola Cantorum Riga got very high international recognition. Alongside conducting and singing his passion of the latest decade has been playing Medieval instrument hurdy-gurdy.

Being a conductor, he actively participates in the Latvian Song Festival Movement and was the artistic director of the sacred music concert “I am…” which took place in the Latvian Song and Dance festival in 2018 with 1500 singers in Riga Cathedral.

Works in the department

Early musicMusicology