Vladimír Godár

(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")

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Vladimír Godár to receive International Visegrad Prize

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

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