Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 2001 in Montréal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian.
The ensemble has 20 albums to its credit on labels Analekta, ATMA Classique, World Village, Buda Musique, Ma Case, Dreyer Gaido and Glossa. Over the course of the decade, Constantinople has created 60 works and travelled to more than 290 cities in 57 countries.
Constantinople aims to anchor music’s place in the heart of our community and encourage cross-cultural musical making and exchanges among artists from around the world.
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.