(1956 - )
Vladimir Godár (b. Bratislava, 1956) is a firm believer in ‘musical archaeology’. That is to say, he believes that music should build upon foundations previously laid down not only musically, but also religiously and culturally. As a consequence, his compositions take heavily from a number of earlier periods, including traditional Slovak and Baroque music. Godar does, however, maintain a modern approach to composing in many respects– there is a ghostly ambience among much of his music that’s often interrupted by moments of dissonance, creating a poignant edge. 2006’s release of Mater on ECM Records saw Godár being justifiably recognised outside of Eastern Europe and his music has received greatly positive reviews from a number of critics.
“It’s as if Janáček, Górecki and Monteverdi have settled on a universal language. A wonderful listen”.
Rob Cowan (BBC Radio 3 "Breakfast")
News & Reviews
Slovak composer, Vladimír Godár's MATER cycle is staged in Bratislava's historic Old market Square, as part of Viva Musica! 2012 Read more
Slovak composer Vladimír Godár has been awarded the International Visegrad Prize, following a proposal from the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic. He receives the prize on 7 April, at a Bratislava concert of his music , conducted by Peter Breiner. The International Visegrad Prize is awarded on an annual basis in appreciation of support rendered to and the development of cultural cooperation of the Visegrad Group (or V4) countries (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovaki Read more